We provide a unique combination of content, commerce and operational excellence which drives the exceptional development of our portfolio.
We shape Europe’s digital landscape by leveraging our operational know how, our synergies with the ProSiebenSat.1 Group and our investment expertise.
We create valuable impact for our portfolio companies with our passionate, energetic, and collaborative team.
We are a majority-owned subsidiary of ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE,
one of Europe’s leading media companies and Germany’s biggest TV network.
Since 2018, General Atlantic as one of the leading global growth equity firms
has also invested a significant stake in the NUCOM GROUP.
Through leveraging ProSiebenSat.1’s media power and expertise
combined with General Atlantic’s operational and investment excellence,
we accelerate the strong growth path of our portfolio companies
and create superior value both for investors and our portfolio companies.
Our value add: We ensure best-in-class performance by connecting our portfolio experts, measuring comparable KPIs to identify potentials, defining actions and ensuring improvements.
Our diversified portfolio combines multiple market leading
consumer services and lifestyle brands across
different distribution channels.
We are a highly enthusiastic team of exceptional leaders
with decades of experience in the digital and
Munich/Hamburg/Los Angeles, October 29, 2018. ProSiebenSat.1 is announcing its first major transaction in the Commerce segment since partnering with General Atlantic: The NuCom Group (NCG) and its portfolio company PARSHIP ELITE Group (PEG) are acquiring 100% of eharmony. The company is considered the creator of the segment and one of the leading online matchmaking platforms in the United States. PARSHIP ELITE Group is the leading online matchmaking platform in the German-speaking and Benelux region. Since the majority acquisition, NuCom Group has supported the development of PEG into one of its most successful portfolio companies today.
Max Conze, CEO ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE: “Creating growth and leveraging synergies are key elements of our strategy. This acquisition is an excellent fit. Bringing these two strong brands together will immediately create a world leading online matchmaking company.”
Together with its partner General Atlantic, ProSiebenSat.1 identified the potential for the add-on acquisition of eharmony and for PEG’s expansion to the US, Canada and Australia. The US online dating market, including matchmaking as the sub-segment with the highest value per subscriber, is one of the largest globally, estimated at USD 3 billion* in size and with strong average annual growth of 11.9% from 2013 to 2018. With 87% brand awareness, eharmony is one of the best-known brands in the United States. For 2018, 2.8 million registrations are expected on the eharmony platforms worldwide.
Parship and ElitePartner, the two brands of PARSHIP ELITE Group, and eharmony are online matchmaking platforms supporting singles in finding happy, long-term relationships. Both companies apply scientific methods that are based on comprehensive questionnaires to derive the partnership typology of their members. PEG’s innovative technical setup, which has already been behind the successful integration of ElitePartner, will serve as basis for the new joint platform with eharmony. This advancement of eharmony’s technology will ensure an uplift for the customer experience and create substantial synergies. In this combined structure with PEG, eHarmony with its strong brand offers great prospects for renewed growth.
CEO Grant Langston will continue to manage the eharmony business with the PEG management joining the Supervisory Board.
Tim Schiffers, CEO PARSHIP ELITE Group: “eharmony has supported millions of singles in finding the right partner for a happy relationship. Parship and ElitePartner follow the same successful approach. We are extremely happy to in the future combine this matchmaking competence under one roof. We are very much looking forward to working together with Grant and his team.“
Grant Langston, CEO eharmony: “eharmony is thrilled to be partnering with NuCom and the PARSHIP ELITE Group. By bringing together our well-known, like-minded companies, we have the resources and shared knowledge to compete and achieve growth together in the online matchmaking market with a laser focus on creating long-lasting, meaningful relationships.”
The parties to the contract agreed not to disclose the details of the transaction.
On November 14, ProSiebenSat.1 will present the Group strategy at the Capital Markets Day which will be streamed live on the corporate website.
ProSiebenSat.1 is the leading German entertainment player with a strong e-commerce business. We want to offer great entertainment – whenever, wherever and on any device. Every day, 45 million TV households in Germany, Austria and Switzerland enjoy our 14 free and pay TV channels. Overall, ProSiebenSat.1 generates 1 billion video views per month with its online offers. Every year, we invest more than one billion euros in 120,000 hours of programming. Successful formats like “Germany’s next Topmodel”, “The Voice of Germany”, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Young Sheldon” as well as top-notch stars like Heidi Klum, Joko and Klaas or Dwayne Johnson belong to our family. Shows like “Bosch” and “Married at First Sight” are created within our production and distribution business Red Arrow Studios. Our global video channel network Studio71 achieves more than 100 billion video views per year and operates more than 1,300 web channels. Our NuCom Group is a growing e-commerce player with ten leading portfolio companies that offer online price comparison, gifting/events, dating and beauty, retailing with 360 million interactions a year. ProSiebenSat.1 are 6,500 passionate creators that love to entertain and delight our viewers and consumers each day.
PARSHIP ELITE Group
The PARSHIP ELITE Group is the leading provider of online matchmaking services in Germany and Europe. The well-known international brands Parship and ElitePartner belong to the group. Both services use scientific methods to successfully support singles in finding happy long-term relationships. Currently, the PARSHIP ELITE Group employs over 230 colleagues in Hamburg (headquarters) and Amsterdam.
Los Angeles, California-based eharmony helps people find meaningful relationships that enrich their lives. Founded in 2000, eharmony is a pioneer in using algorithms to create highly compatible relationships based on key dimensions of personality that predict the most compatible, highly successful, long-term relationships. eharmony operates in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. For more information visit www.eharmony.com or download the app available on iOS and Android.
* Sources: IBIS World: Dating Services in the US. US Industry Market Research Report, October 2018.
Munich, February 22, 2018. ProSiebenSat.1 Group, one of the largest independent media companies in Europe, is entering a long-term partnership with General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm, to help drive the strategic development of its Commerce business. ProSiebenSat.1 Group formed NCG – NuCom Group on January 1, 2018, which will unite ten strategic investments from its Commerce business – including Verivox, Parship Elite Group and Jochen Schweizer mydays Group. General Atlantic’s investment will give it a 25.1 percent stake in NuCom Group, based on an enterprise value of EUR 1.8 billion.
NuCom Group will benefit from the broad TV reach of ProSiebenSat.1 Group and from mutual synergies – for instance, in the field of data and technology. With General Atlantic as a partner, ProSiebenSat.1 will develop NuCom Group into a leading European omnichannel platform for consumer services and lifestyle brands. The Executive Board of NuCom Group consists of Claas van Delden, Dr. Florian Tappeiner and Dr. Dirk Schmelzer.
This new partnership underlines the growth objectives pursued by ProSiebenSat.1 for the Commerce segment. Drawing on 37 years of experience investing in global growth companies, General Atlantic has deep expertise in the Internet & Technology sector. The two companies have already cooperated on the joint acquisition of KäuferPortal in 2016 and are now further expanding this collaboration.
Thomas Ebeling, CEO of ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, says: “With General Atlantic, we have found the perfect partner for our commerce business and kicked off the expansion of our portfolio and the further acceleration of growth in this area. As I come to the end of my time at ProSiebenSat.1, this transaction is an important milestone for me.”
Conrad Albert, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE and Group General Counsel: “Within six years we developed a unique portfolio of market leading companies. In 2017, theCommerce business delivered another year of growth, contributing to more than 30 percent in revenue growth. The new partnership with General Atlantic is an important anchor point for the success of our three-pillar strategy.”
Dr. Jan Kemper, CFO of ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE and Member of the Executive Board for Commerce: “With General Atlantic, we have found an ideal partner for NuCom Group. Together, we will drive the profitable growth of NuCom Group even further and develop the company into a leading Commerce provider in Europe. I look forward to accompanying NuCom Group on this journey.”
Jörn Nikolay, Managing Director and Head of General Atlantic Germany: “The impressive revenue and earnings development of NuCom Group over the past years speak to the quality of the business model. ProSiebenSat.1 has done successful pioneer work here and has built a portfolio with strong growth potential. We will bring our long-time, global expertise in the strategic development of growth companies into this partnership and will contribute to the profitable growth of NuCom Group.”
First joint transactions
In a first joint transaction, NuCom Group is acquiring the shares held by Oakley Capital and other shareholders in Verivox and Parship Elite Group, whereby the share ownership increases to almost 100 percent and around 94 percent, respectively. In addition, NuCom Group is also acquiring the outstanding minority interests in SilverTours GmbH (billiger-mietwagen) and will own 100 percent of the company once the transaction is complete. With these acquisitions, ProSiebenSat.1 and General Atlantic demonstrate the strategic orientation for NuCom Group: ownership and control of the Commerce businesses will be streamlined and consolidated. The goal of NuCom is also to utilize the strength of ProSiebenSat.1 Group through the combination of reach, own data, collaborations, and various distribution channels even more for building brands.
The transaction with General Atlantic is subject to approval by the responsible antitrust authorities. JP Morgan acted as the financial advisor to ProSiebenSat.1. Goldman Sachs acted as the financial advisor to General Atlantic.
About NuCom Group
In NuCom Group, ProSiebenSat.1 is uniting the Commerce business of the Group. The investment portfolio of NuCom Group consists of companies that are leading in their segments. These include Amorelie, billiger-mietwagen.de, Flaconi, Jochen Schweizer mydays Holding, KäuferPortal, moebel.de, Parship Elite Group, Stylight, Verivox and Windstar Medical. NuCom Group generated more than 650 million Euro revenues in 2017. Through the combination of the organic growth of the investments and other strategic acquisitions, NuCom Page Group is planning to become a leading European omnichannel platform for consumer services & lifestyle brands.
ProSiebenSat.1 Group is one of the most successful independent media companies in Europe with a strong presence in the TV and digital markets. Free TV financed by advertising is the core business of the Group. The station family comprising SAT.1, ProSieben, kabel eins, sixx, SAT.1 Gold, ProSieben MAXX, and kabel eins Doku is the Number 1 in the German audience and TV advertising markets. The Group has tapped into an additional attractive business area through the distribution of its television channels in HD quality. At the same time, the Group successfully networks the wide reach of its TV business with a strong digital unit. Already today, ProSiebenSat.1 is Germany’s leading video marketer on the Internet and with maxdome or Studio71 one of the most successful providers of digital entertainment. ProSiebenSat.1 has also built up a successful e-commerce business of digital platforms in recent years, which is now one of the Group’s most important growth drivers. This broadcasting, digital entertainment and commerce portfolio is supplemented by Red Arrow, an international production and distribution network. The headquarters of ProSiebenSat.1 are in Unterföhring near Munich. The entity was founded in October 2000 and today employs a workforce of around 6,000 people. The ProSiebenSat.1 share has been listed in the leading DAX index since March 2016.
About General Atlantic
General Atlantic is a leading global growth equity firm providing capital and strategic support for growth companies. Established in 1980, General Atlantic combines a collaborative global approach, sector specific expertise, a long-term investment horizon and a deep understanding of growth drivers to partner with great entrepreneurs and management teams to build exceptional businesses worldwide. General Atlantic has more than 110 investment professionals based in New York, Amsterdam, Beijing, Greenwich, Hong Kong, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Munich, Palo Alto, São Paulo, Shanghai, and Singapore.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
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Munich, December 6, 2017. ProSiebenSat.1 Group will continue its successful diversification strategy and now realizes over 50% of its revenues outside the traditional TV advertising business. To further accelerate this successful transformation, the Group will, as of January 2018, have a new organizational setup with the three business areas of Entertainment, Content Production & Global Sales and Commerce. The aim is to adapt the Group to the dynamically changing environment and to secure further sustainable, profitable growth. By combining the linear TV business with the Digital Entertainment division, ProSiebenSat.1 is able to provide increasingly platform-independent offers and universal marketing of programming content, thus achieving additional synergies in this area. In the process of this new setup, the Group wants to achieve a net savings potential of over EUR 50 million by 2019/2020. Including further investments in program and in areas such as AdTech and Data, this will lead to an improved cost development in the Entertainment segment.
Thomas Ebeling, CEO of ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, said: “ProSiebenSat.1’s growth story has been uninterrupted for 32 consecutive quarters. We are one of the most profitable media companies in Europe and with revenues in the digital business areas exceeding EUR 1 billion, we have also become a relevant player in this field. All this was only possible because we have been systematically driving the transformation and diversification of the Company since 2009. With the three-pillar strategy, we are setting ProSiebenSat.1 up competitively for the future, strengthening the Group for further growth and creating additional value for employees and shareholders. Our management team and Supervisory Board have jointly developed this strategy in the last months. I am convinced that ProSiebenSat.1 will continue its sustainable success in the future with this new structure.”
In the Entertainment business, the areas of TV Broadcasting, Distribution, Advertising Platform Solutions (AdTech), SevenVentures and Digital Platforms (e.g. maxdome, 7TV app) will be combined. Thus, ProSiebenSat.1 will be able to offer its viewers even better all the Group’s entertainment content across all its media platforms. At the same time, the Company is increasingly investing in the growth areas of Addressable TV, AdTech and Data in order to access additional revenues in the advertising market through innovative, data-driven offerings. The Group also sees potential for value creation in Europe via partnerships within the European Media Alliance, in which twelve media companies from all over Europe are already working together.
Content Production & Global Sales
ProSiebenSat.1 is bringing together the Red Arrow Entertainment Group with the multi-channel network (MCN) Studio71 under the name Red Arrow Studios and is integrating digital video offers into the traditional production business as well as into its international distribution networks. Via Studio71, the production business thus gains direct access to a new talent pool and other growing digital channels. In this way, the Content Production business addresses the increasing demand for content on all platforms, branded content and influencer marketing. The Company will make optimal use of the synergies between the 21 production companies, the distributors Red Arrow Studios International and Gravitas Ventures, as well as Studio71, one of the leading MCNs with 8 billion video views per month. ProSiebenSat.1 is also examining a further acceleration of growth for Red Arrow Studios through cooperation with and co-investments by partners.
In the Commerce business, ProSiebenSat.1 will operate as NCG – NUCOM GROUP and will bundle its subsidiaries in four categories: Home Services & Mobility (Verivox, billiger-mietwagen.de, Käuferportal), Leisure & Relationships (mydays/Jochen Schweizer, Parship Elite Group, Amorelie), Health & Beauty (Flaconi, Windstar Medical) and Style (moebel.de, Stylight). For the online travel business with package tours (weg.de/tropo) remaining after the sale of etraveli, ProSiebenSat.1 is continuing its review process for a potential sale.
Currently, ProSiebenSat.1 is in talks with potential partners regarding a minority investment in the NCG – NUCOM GROUP. The objective is to expand the portfolio and to further accelerate growth in the commerce area. It is expected that the talks relating to potential partnerships will be concluded in the course of the second quarter of 2018.
Acquisitions remain a key driver for further profitable growth
The successful acquisition strategy of ProSiebenSat.1 creates value and has significantly contributed to the development of the Group over the last few years. This is shown by the unchanged attractive return on the capital invested in the existing M&A portfolio as well as by the successful sale of the online travel agency etraveli.
Dr. Jan Kemper, CFO of ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, said: “We will continue to successfully invest especially in commerce companies in the future and open up new customer groups for them through our cross-media distribution possibilities.
We have a proven track record for many years that we can successfully create additional value for the Group besides the traditional media business.”
Outlook for 2017 and dividend policy confirmed
ProSiebenSat.1 is confirming its outlook for the 2017 financial year and continues to anticipate Group revenues to grow by a mid-single digit percentage range. The Group continues to expect adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income to slightly exceed the previous year’s level, respectively. The Group is also maintaining its dividend policy with a dividend payout ratio of 80% to 90% of underlying net income.
New medium-term growth targets
Additionally, ProSiebenSat.1 is transferring its existing financial targets for 2018 into new medium-term target ranges for both revenue growth and margins. The Company anticipates to continue profitable growth in the future and aims at a medium-term revenue increase in the mid-single digit percentage range. Based on these growth assumptions, ProSiebenSat.1 also expects to achieve revenue growth of more than EUR 1 billion by 2022 compared to 2017. It is expected that future larger bolt-on acquisitions would additionally raise the planned revenue growth. At the same time, the Group anticipates in the medium term a further increase of operating earnings and a profitability in the mid 20 percent range based on the adjusted EBITDA.
Pro forma revenues1)
Q3 2017 (last 12
months) in EUR m
|Content Production &
mid 20 percent
1) Pro-forma revenues including the acquisitions of ATV, Gravitas Ventures and Jochen Schweizer, less the sold company etraveli.
The NuCom Group (NCG) and its portfolio company PARSHIP ELITE Group (PEG) are acquiring 100% of eharmony.
ProSiebenSat.1 Group is entering a long-term partnership with General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm, to help drive the strategic development of its Commerce business.
ProSiebenSat.1 Group will continue its successful diversification strategy and now realizes over 50% of its revenues outside the traditional TV advertising business.
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