July 2013: Host Europe Group the largest privately-owned hosting group in Europe has today announced its acquisition by European private equity firm, Cinven, from Montagu Private Equity.
Headquartered in the UK, Host Europe Group is a leading European provider of hosting and domain services to small and medium enterprises, with around 600 employees. They offer an end-to-end product suite including domain registration, application hosting, cloud hosting and managed hosting, with most of its revenues generated in the UK and Germany.
The business has established market-leading positions in its core markets leveraging a large base of 1.5 million customers, well-recognised brands (including 123-reg, Webfusion, Heart Internet and Host Europe) and best-in class technology platforms.
Cinven is a leading European private equity firm, founded in 1977, with offices in Guernsey, London, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Luxembourg and Hong Kong. The firm acquires successful, high-quality companies and works with them to help them grow and develop, using proven value creation strategies.
Commenting on the purchase, Thomas Vollrath, CEO of Host Europe Group, said: “We have more than 16 years’ experience in the web hosting industry, and the Host Europe Group is renowned for providing high quality hosting products with comprehensive technical support to our many customers in Europe. We have grown significantly through a combination of organic growth and acquisitions – all of which have extended our customer base, hosting capabilities and industry expertise. are. We look forward to our new partnership with Cinven which will enable us to further dominate the European market and consolidate our Group strength.”