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– Strategic partnership with leading private equity firm Lexington Partners –

– Sales proceeds amount to a mid-double-digit million Euro figure –

SevenVentures, ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE’s financial investor, has successfully sold a large part of its media-for-equity portfolio to the leading private equity firm Lexington Partners. As part of the transaction, up to 16 minority participations of SevenVentures and other Group companies will be transferred to the new “Crosslantic Capital” fund. Lexington Partners is acquiring the majority of this fund, while SevenVentures will remain involved as a strategic media partner with a minority stake of approximately 24.5%. Sales proceeds amount to a mid-double-digit million Euro figure. In regards to the media and cash investments made, ProSiebenSat.1 Group doubled the value and generated an IRR of around 30%.

Crosslantic Capital is managed by Sascha van Holt, who was previously responsible for SevenVentures’ investments as Managing Director. Besides the development of the current portfolio companies, Crosslantic Capital will also invest in further promising digital companies.

Sabine Eckhardt, Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Board member of ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE: “With the value of our media and cash investments doubled, we have significantly increased the market value of the SevenVentures investments through TV advertising on our stations, which has been to the advantage of both parties. This further underscores the success and the sustainability of our media-for-equity model.”

Pål Ristvedt, Partner at Lexington Partners: “We are delighted to be offering an attractive solution to ProSiebenSat.1 while investing in a portfolio of high-quality media-driven assets. We look forward to further increasing the value together with Sascha van Holt, and our strategic partners SevenVentures and ProSiebenSat.1.”

SevenVentures was founded by ProSiebenSat.1 in 2009 and operates a flexible investment model consisting of minority investments and media co-operations, where companies receive financial support, TV advertising time and other services in return for equity or revenue shares. ProSiebenSat.1 sells the shares at a later date once their value has been increased through TV advertising. SevenVentures will continue pursuing media-for-equity and media-for-revenue business. The company is managed by Florian Pauthner (CEO) and Stefan Beitz (CFO). Pauthner has been in the SevenVentures management team since January 1, 2015; Beitz came on board at the start of 2017.

About SevenVentures
SevenVentures is the leading TV media investor worldwide. As the investment arm of the ProSiebenSat.1 Group, SevenVentures is the ideal partner for fast-growing B2C companies, particularly in the consumer goods, retail, and services sector, with the potential to achieve sustainable success through the use of TV advertising. The example of Zalando has shown how a company can rapidly become a market leader or familiar brand. SevenVentures also supports companies seeking international growth with media power, capital, and all the other services of the ProSiebenSat.1 Group. Together with the group network consisting of leading European media companies, they always find the right path to growth.

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About Lexington

Lexington Partners is a leading global alternative investment manager primarily involved in providing liquidity to owners of private equity and other alternative investments and in making co-investments alongside leading private equity sponsors. Lexington Partners is the largest independent manager of secondary acquisition and co-investment funds with more than $38 billion in committed capital. Lexington has acquired over 3,000 secondary and co-investment interests through over 800 transactions with a total value in excess of $47 billion, including $12 billion of syndications. Lexington also invests in private investment funds during their initial formation and has committed to more than 390 new funds in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific region. Lexington has offices strategically located in major centers for private equity and alternative investing ‐ New York, Boston, Menlo Park, London, Hong Kong, and Santiago. Lexington also has senior advisors located in Asia, Australia, Latin America, and the United States.

MEDIA CONTACTS

Corporate Communications Sales & Diversification
Marcus Prosch
Head of Corporate Communications Diversification & Sales
Tel. +49 [0]89 95 07-8920
Marcus.Prosch@ProSiebenSat1.com


Corporate Office
Dorothea Schneider
Kommunikation SevenVentures
+49 89 9507 8651
Dorothea.Schneider@sevenventures.de