The global feedback leader eKomi has received a debt financing to pay back its minority investors. This allows management to be in full control again and push eKomi forward.
Management was looking for debt investors who could not only provide financing but were also aligned with a stronger emphasis on an acquisition strategy. Among many offers, HVB Tech and Pride Capital Partners stood out. They were able to provide the right combination of debt, expertise and strategic alignment.
“This decision allows us to further grow eKomi and to strengthen our leading position in Europe”, said Michael Ambros, CEO and Founder of eKomi.“The buyout lays the foundation for our new buy-and-build strategy.”
In Pride Capital Partners eKomi acquired a strong partner focused on creating value in the software and ICT-segment. Further support comes from HVB Tech as another well-established financial player in the tech industry.
Lars van ’t Hoenderdaal, managing partner Pride Capital Partners: “We always look for businesses that are aiming for further expansion. We are happy to support eKomi’s current management buy-out and are looking forward to supporting their buy-and-build strategy.”
Berlin based eKomi is Europe’s premiere & largest independent provider of transaction-based reviews & ratings. As a Google worldwide partner eKomi has gathered & published over 40,000,000 reviews for customers.
More than 14,000 companies leverage eKomi´s social commerce solution to enable trust, increase sales, and drive organic traffic through self-perpetuating User-Generated-Content.
eKomi´s groundbreaking social commerce technology enables online businesses to generate seller ratings, customer reviews, product reviews, social recommendations, and create viral effects on websites, social media, and search engines allowing these businesses to successfully generate new revenue.
Pride Capital Partners is a specialized private debt firm that finances profitable and growing companies in the software and ICT segment. Typical scenarios include growth, acquisition and buy-out transactions. The focus is on the Benelux and D-A-CH regions. Pride Capital has offices in Amsterdam and Cologne.
Pride Capital Partners is financed by its own shareholders, wealthy private individuals, family offices, (former) entrepreneurs and institutional investors. The portfolio consists of amongst others OnGuard, The Valley, Spotzer, Bright River, Blue Field and the German companies KAIROS, COYO and Link11.