EQS-News: Scout24 SE / Key word(s): Mergers & Acquisitions
Scout24 acquires Sprengnetter Group – one of the leading providers of property data and valuation services in Germany
Munich / Berlin, 19 June 2023
Scout24 signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake of 75% in the Sprengnetter Group. Founded in 1978 and through continued innovation, Sprengnetter has established itself as one of the leading providers of property data and valuation services in Germany. The company serves financial institutions and the real estate industry with software solutions, automated valuation model (AVM), mortgage appraisal services as well as a range of digital training and education software for real estate experts. Under the leadership of current owner and CEO, Jan Sprengnetter, the company has over the past decade established a strong suite of digital valuation and ESG products. Headquarter is located in Bad-Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany.
With the acquisition of Sprengnetter Group, Scout24 is continuing its strategy to establish a comprehensive digital ecosystem aiming to simplify real estate transactions. With the integration of Sprengnetter products into the ImmoScout24 eco-system, Scout24 will enable all stakeholders to benefit from increased use of independent valuation data for real estate objects, thereby increasing transparency and enabling decision-making. Existing Sprengnetter customers will benefit from a broader and more integrated offering, combining the best of ImmoScout24 with Sprengnetter´s innovative valuation products.
The Sprengnetter Group will continue to operate under its own brand. The locations and teams of the Sprengnetter Group will be retained.
Sprengnetter Group financials
For the first half of 2023 Sprengnetter Group is projected to generate revenues of approximately EUR 14m at an ordinary operating EBITDA margin of about 20%.
Transaction key terms
Valuation of Sprengnetter Group for the initial 75% stake acquisition amounts to c. EUR 100m on debt and cash free basis (100%). A large part of the initial purchase price for the 75% stake acquired will be paid in Scout24 shares with a multi-year lock-up agreement, making Jan Sprengnetter a meaningful long-term shareholder of Scout24. The share component reflects alignment of incentives as well as the joint vision for the strategic roadmap ahead. The number of shares to be transferred will be determined based on the volume weighted average share price for a period prior to closing. Based on the current estimate this could be around 0.9 million shares. Shares issued will be fully or partially offset by the ongoing current share buyback programme.
The transaction is expected to close in July and the business will be consolidated from 2HY onwards. Jan Sprengnetter will remain a 25% shareholder in the company. The final stake sale is subject to an earn-out mechanism.
Scout24 is one of the leading digital companies in Germany. With the digital marketplace ImmoScout24, for residential and commercial real estate, we successfully bring together owners, realtors, tenants, and buyers – and we have been doing so for about 25 years. With over 19 million users per month on its online marketplace or in its app, ImmoScout24 is the market leader for digital real estate marketing and search. To digitise the process of real estate transactions, ImmoScout24 is continually developing new products and building up an ecosystem for renting, buying, and commercial real estate in Germany and Austria. Scout24 is a listed stock corporation (ISIN: DE000A12DM80, Ticker: G24) and member of the MDAX as well as the DAX 50 ESG. Further information is available on LinkedIn. Since 2012, ImmoScout24 has also been active in the Austrian real estate market, reaching over 3 million users monthly.
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