EQT sells care home operator Charleston to KOS and Primonial REIM

  • EQT Infrastructure sells Charleston, a leading care home operator in Germany to Italian healthcare group KOS
  • EQT Infrastructure also sells Charleston’s real estate portfolio to Primovie, a European healthcare and educational focused real estate fund managed by Primonial REIM
  • During EQT Infrastructure‘s ownership, Charleston has pursued a buy-and-build strategy and today manages 47 homes; the real estate portfolio of Charleston includes 20 care homes

The EQT Infrastructure II fund (“EQT” or “EQT Infrastructure”) has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Charleston Holding (”Charleston” or “the Company”) to KOS and the real estate associated with the operations of Charleston to Primovie, a healthcare and educational focused real estate fund managed by Primonial REIM (“Primonial”) respectively. KOS is a leading Italian healthcare group generating EUR 545 million revenues by offering integrated care services with more than 8,150 beds. Primonial is a major European real estate investment manager with EUR 17.2 billion assets under management.

Headquartered in Füssen, Germany, Charleston operates 47 care homes with 4,050 beds, four day care centers and seven ambulatory care locations. The Company generates more than EUR 160 million revenues and has around 3,400 employees.

EQT founded Charleston in 2014 with the vision to pursue a buy-and-build strategy in the German care home sector. Together with the management team and the advisory board, EQT has supported Charleston’s growth to become a leading care home operator in Germany.

During EQT’s ownership, Charleston has executed nine add-on acquisitions, opened several greenfield projects, grown revenues by 16 times, and built a strong growth platform with a high focus on quality care. As the add-on acquisitions have selectively included related real estate, a high quality and diversified portfolio of 20 care homes operated by Charleston has been composed.

Sebastian Kabak, CEO of Charleston, said: “Thanks to EQT, Charleston was able to invest significantly in becoming one of the largest private care home operators in Germany and managed the transformation from a start-up to a professional operator with high quality care services. We look forward taking the next step on this path together with our new owner KOS.”

Ulrich Köllensperger, Partner at EQT Partners and Investment Advisor to EQT Infrastructure, said: “Since the foundation of Charleston in 2014, the strategy has been focused on creating one of the leading care operators in Germany through multiple acquisitions and greenfield projects, but in particular through a focus on quality and integration. I would like to thank Sebastian Kabak, his management team and all employees of Charleston for their dedication to transform the Company into one of the most professional platforms in Germany. Now is the right time to hand over the Company to a new owner and we believe both KOS and Primonial will be a good home for Charleston and its real estate portfolio.”

Guiseppe Vailati Venturi, CEO of KOS, made the following statement: “The acquisition of Charleston is a significant step forward in KOS’s process of internationalization and will enable the company to accelerate its development. The German market offers many opportunities both for business combinations and for opening new nursing homes. The know-how developed by the KOS Group in Italy in the field of rehabilitation and healthcare will be an important lever for improving the growth potential of Charleston.”

Grégory Frapet, Chairman of the Management Board of Primonial REIM, comments: „We are delighted by this agreement. It will enable Primonial REIM, Europe’s leading healthcare and educational real estate company, to accelerate its development in Germany. This operation with Charleston Group, a major private operator in Germany, emphasizes our strategy to support the tenants in their real estate stakes. Thus, it creates a strong and long-term relationship.”

The transaction is subject to customary conditions and antitrust approval. It is expected to close in H2 2019.

Société Générale acted as financial advisor and Pöllath+Partner as legal advisor to EQT. Strategy&, EY and JonesLangLaSalle assisted in preparing vendor due diligence materials.

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