Nestlé buys Ankerkraut – Rebike collects 24 million – Shop Apotheke takes over First A


The #DealMonitor, our investment and exit overview, features all the deals of the day on business days. Today these are Ankerkraut, Tillhub, First A, Rebike, Staex and Hase & Igel.

in the #DealMonitor for April 13, we take a look at the biggest, most exciting and interesting investments and exits of the day in the DACH region. All offers from previous days are available in big and clear #DealMonitor archive.


+++ Food giant Nestlé takes over Spice Adult Ankerkraut – see also What’s up, Corporate Finance. The Hamburg-based company, founded in 2013 by Stefan and Anne Lemcke, became known throughout the country by participating in the Vox program “Die Höhle der Löwen”. In the third season, in 2016, the lion Frank Thelen invested 300,000 in the spice supplier. In the summer of 2020, the investment company EMZ Partners then invested in Ankerkraut. Since then, EMZ Partners owns approximately 20% of the company. Now all the investors have sold their shares. “Both founders will retire from day-to-day operations,” the report said. 230 employees currently work for Ankerkraut. The purchase price is not known, but is expected to be in the three-digit million range. Ankerkraut should achieve a turnover of around 50 million euros. Competitor Just Spices went to Kraft Heinz for around €200 million at the end of 2021 with sales of around €60 million. Learn more about Ankerkraut

to the elevator
+++ Heidelberg payment provider Unzer takes over Berlin-based point-of-sale system provider Tillhub. “Unzer had already invested in the point-of-sale solutions specialist in 2020, and now the remaining shares will be taken over,” the press release said. With this acquisition, Unzer aims to be able to offer “unified commerce in its entirety: in addition to an acquiring license, e-commerce payment solutions and point-of-sale terminal technology, the appropriate software is now on board, enabling Unzer to offer e-commerce and connect stationary commerce”. It was agreed not to disclose the purchase price. The company valuation would be around 30 million euros, reports FinanceFWD.Tillhub, founded by Tim Seithe in 2015, has raised around 10 million euros in recent years – from Elavon, Müller Medien and the main incubator, among others. Learn more about Tilhub

First A
+++ The Dutch company Shop Apotheke takes over the fast pharmacy delivery service First A. The Berlin startup, founded in 2021 by Antonie Nissen and Leif Löhde, positions itself as an “instant delivery service for neighborhood pharmacies”. The startup does not rely on so-called dark stores, but “works closely with local and owner-operated pharmacies.” Along with brothers Felix and Florian Swoboda, Gorillas founders Jörg Kattner, Felix Chrobog and Ronny Shibley have invested in First A in recent months. Munich and Frankfurt with more than 120 employees,” the press release reads. Regarding the purchase price, it is stated: “The purchase price consists of an amount due on completion and contingent price supplements based on pre-agreed financial KPIs over the next four years , which are expected to total an amount in the double-digit millions.” Consolidation of the rapid drug trade segment is therefore progressing even faster than expected. Learn more about Premier A


ride a bike again
+++ Circularity Capital, Tengelmann Ventures and Parkshore Holding as well as existing investors Vorwerk Ventures and BayBG Bayerische Beteiligungsgesellschaft are investing 24 million euros in Rebike. “In addition to the equity financing of €19 million, a debt financing of €5 million has also been arranged with Varengold Bank to further fund the underwriting activity,” the statement said. The company from Krailling near Munich, founded in 2018 by Thomas Bernik and Sven Erger, operates rebike1, a marketplace for the sale of used e-bikes, and eBike Abo, a subscription service for e-bikes at the fashion. BayBG Bayerische Beteiligungsgesellschaft recently invested €10 million in Rebike Mobility together with existing investors Vorwerk Ventures and STS Ventures. Vorwerk Ventures and STS Ventures also invested a “mid-single-digit sum of one million” in the company in 2019. The new capital “will be used for investments in additional capacity of the renovation and logistics center, the international expansion and strengthening of the market position of and”. Learn more about Rebike

+++ Brandenburg Kapital and Blockwall Capital as well as several business angels invest 1.65 million euros in Staex. Berlin-based startup DeepTech, founded by Alexandra Mikityuk and Philip Toepffer of Deutsche Telekom’s Innovation Lab, is taking the IoT industry to Web 3.0. “By integrating these new technologies into existing applications, Staex improves fundamental use cases such as networking complex devices, orchestrating large-scale deployments, and data security,” explains the concept.

Hare & Hedgehog
+++ Strategy consultancy Advyce invests in Hase & Igel. The big data analysis company from Oldenburg, founded by Jan Schoenmakers in 2018, deals with “integrated analysis of company and market data in the areas of purchasing, marketing and sales”. 10 employees currently work for Hase & Igel.

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