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3i invests in GartenHaus to build the leading European platform for home and garden projects

3i Group plc (“3i Group”) announces that it has agreed to invest c. £60m for a majority stake in A-Z Gartenhaus GmbH (“GartenHaus”), an online leader in garden homes, sheds, saunas, and related products in the DACH region. As part of the transaction, GartenHaus’ management team and board will also invest to become shareholders in the business.

GartenHaus offers garden houses, sheds, carports, terraces, saunas and other, often bulky, garden and home related products with garden houses being its core product category. The company focuses on the high-quality, mid-to-upper priced segment of the market and differentiates itself through product development, excellent customer service and the management of complex logistics to deliver and assemble its products which weigh on average more than 1,000 kg.

GartenHaus, headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, was founded in 2002 and is a pure eCommerce player. With the launch of its first online shop in 2009, GartenHaus has been the pioneer in selling garden homes directly to consumers. With around 75 employees, the company combines specialist trade product know-how with digital competence and offers a one-stop shop for customers, from planning to realisation and maintenance of garden and home projects.

The company benefits from direct interaction with its customers along the complete project journey with a high level of SEO website traffic as a result of its strong content. Driven by a further shift towards online and the increasing popularity of gardening and leisure trends, the relevant home and garden market is expected to grow by more than 10 percent per year going forward while online penetration is expected to double by 2025.

Peter Wirtz, Partner, 3i, commented: “For us, GartenHaus is a highly attractive investment opportunity. It is a niche market player with strong digital capabilities which is benefitting from the shift to online. We see GartenHaus as a nucleus to establish the online champion for home and garden projects across Europe. The key focus is to expand the product range into adjacent categories, as well as to internationalise the business by expanding into neighbouring countries such as the UK, France, Scandinavia and the Netherlands which have fragmented markets and similar product trends.”

Sebastian Arendt, CEO, GartenHaus added: “3i has a great reputation for helping its companies to grow internationally and we are excited to partner with its team at this point in our journey. The 3i team has a strong network, excellent digital capabilities and a strong track record in the consumer retail space, all of which will be of great benefit to GartenHaus.”

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3i Group plc

Silvia Santoro
Investor enquiries

Tel: +44 20 7975 3258
Email: silvia.santoro@3i.com

Kathryn van der Kroft
Media enquiries

Tel: +44 20 7975 3021
Email: kathryn.vanderkroft@3i.com

About 3i Group

3i is an investment company with two complementary businesses, Private Equity and Infrastructure, specialising in core investment markets in Northern Europe and North America.

3i’s Private Equity team provides investment solutions for growing companies, backing entrepreneurs and management teams of mid-market companies with an EV typically between €100m - €500m. We back international growth plans, providing access to our network and expertise to accelerate the growth of companies across the consumer, industrial, healthcare and business and technology services industries.

For further information, please visit: www.3i.com

About GartenHaus

The Hamburg-based A-Z Gartenhaus GmbH was founded in 2002 and currently employs 75 people. With 1 million monthly users it is the digital market leader for home and garden projects in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

The digital specialist has developed an innovative online shop including price comparison and unique and rich media content for a product range of 30,000 SKU and services. Consequently, GartenHaus GmbH offers the largest products assortment in Europe from 100 third party and 7 private label brands, such as Alpholz, CARLSSON, FinnTherm and Terrando. The product range includes garden sheds, saunas, patios, carports, garages, children's playhouses, pools, green houses and much more. On request, GartenHaus GmbH handles the entire garden and home project, from A to Z: assembly, consultation, planning permission, foundations, maintenance and accessories. The extensive range of services includes products made to measure and configurators allowing customers to design products individually.

For further information, please visit: www.gartenhaus-gmbh.de

Regulatory information

This transaction involved a recommendation of 3i Investments plc, advised by 3i Germany.

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