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Palamon sells cadooz to strategic buyer, Euronet

Mid-market private equity firm Palamon Capital Partners has agreed the sale of cadooz AG to Nasdaq-listed strategic buyer, Euronet Worldwide (Euronet), a leading global electronic payments provider and distributor, headquartered in Leawood, Kansas, USA.  The details of the transaction were not disclosed.

cadooz, headquartered in Hamburg, is Germany’s largest full-service provider of vouchers, innovative merchandise and incentive solutions, generating annual revenue in 2011 of EUR80 million. The Company serves more than 3,000 corporate customers across a range of industries in Germany, Austria and Poland, offering a broad range of multi-choice gift certificates and cards that can be redeemed at more than 250 leading retailers at high street locations, on-line stores or using mobile phone applications. Palamon invested in cadooz in 2006, having recognised the trend that innovative voucher and gift card solutions were replacing traditional merchandise, cash and travel incentives as they stimulate sales and increase loyalty. 
During Palamon’s ownership, cadooz achieved compound annual growth of its revenue of more than 50% through significant expansion into new customer segments, launching new product lines and broadening its geographic reach.  This was achieved both through organic and acquisitive growth.  In parallel, efficient operating procedures were developed and processes were automated through the implementation of advanced IT solutions.
Following the transaction, CEO Florian Welsch and his management team will continue to lead cadooz.
Holger Kleingarn (pictured), Partner at Palamon, says: “During our partnership with CEO, Florian Welsch, and the management team, cadooz has been transformed by successfully broadening its product offerings, customer relationships and geographic reach and this has delivered significantly higher sales volumes and profitability.  The success of cadooz underlines Palamon’s ability to identify growth market segments and build market leaders that are highly attractive to global strategic players. The sale generates a 2.5x return on invested equity and 20% IRR.”
Florian Welsch, CEO of cadooz, says: “Palamon has been a highly active partner and has been instrumental in developing the business strategy which led cadooz through a rapid and sustainable growth phase enabling it to achieve its market-leading position in Germany.  Today, we are proud to serve such a high number of blue chip corporate customers and will continue to build our reputation as their innovative and reliable provider of a full range of vouchers and incentive solutions.  Together with Euronet we now look very much forward to further expanding our product offerings in Germany and further into Europe.”

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