Kinnevik welcomes United Internet to Rocket Internet's shareholder base
ET | Source:Kinnevik, Investment AB
Investment AB Kinnevik (publ) ("Kinnevik") today announced that United Internet
AG (United Internet") is acquiring a 10.7% ownership interest in Rocket Internet
AG ("Rocket Internet").
United Internet's 10.7% interest in Rocket Internet will be acquired through the
contribution of EUR 435m consisting of EUR 333m in cash and of United Internet's
participation in the Global Founders Capital portfolio of venture capital
investments valued at EUR 102m. As part of the United Internet transaction,
Global Founders Fund (formerly European Founders Fund), the investment vehicle
of Oliver Samwer and his brothers, will also contribute its ownership interest
in Global Founders Capital valued at EUR 153m in exchange for shares in Rocket
The PLDT cash investment announced on August 7, 2014, valued Rocket Internet on
a post money basis at EUR 3.3bn. As the EUR 588m of cash and assets contribution
is made at a pre money valuation of EUR 3.7 billion, the above transaction
implies a EUR 4.3 billion post money valuation for Rocket Internet.
Post-closing of the above described transactions, Kinnevik will own an 18.5%
interest in Rocket Internet.
"Following the recent investment by PLDT, we are delighted to welcome United
Internet, the leading European internet specialist, as a new strategic investor
and shareholder in Rocket Internet. The United Internet transaction not only
brings to Rocket Internet additional capital to support its long term growth
ambitions but also a portfolio of attractive investments in complementary online
verticals and geographies" says Lorenzo Grabau, CEO of Kinnevik.
For further information, see the attached press release from Rocket Internet and
The information is of such character, which Kinnevik shall disclose in
accordance with the law on Trading with Financial Instruments (1991:980) and/or
the Securities Market Act (2007:528). The information was distributed for
disclosure at 7.30 p.m. on 15 August 2014.
For further information, visit www.kinnevik.se or contact:
Torun Litzén, Director Investor Relations +46 (0)8 562 000 83
+46 (0)70 762 00 83
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