Raymond James Advises World4You

By on August 24, 2018

THE DEAL

  • Based in Linz, World4You is the market leader for webhosting in Austria with over 100,000 customers and more than 250,000 domains registered
  • The product range comprises domains, e-mail solutions, website, webhosting and servers, as well as security solutions
  • United Internet has acquired 100% of the company through its subsidiary 1&1 Internet SE
  • Raymond James acted as exclusive financial advisor to the shareholder of Worl4You

DEAL RATIONALE

  • The deal will strengthen the international activities of United Internet’s Business Applications segment pooled with 1&1 Internet SE and will enable them to extend their lead in the European hosting and cloud application business
  • It is planned that World4You will remain an independent company and continue to develop the Austrian market

HOSTING MARKET

  • Market leaders benefit from key trends: mobile, data security, increasing data volumes and cloud based application management
  • Continued strong interest from strategic investors and private equity due to attractive industry characteristics
    • High single to low double digit growth
    • High and stable margins
    • Cash conversion in excess of 85%
    • Very robust sector with no cyclicality and customer dependency

RAYMOND JAMES TECHNOLOGY & SERVICES INVESTMENT BANKING

  • Raymond James is a leading global Technology & Services M&A advisor
  • In the last twelve months, we have closed more than 120 Technology & Services transactions
  • More than 80 Technology & Services bankers across offices in North America and Europe
  • Deep sector expertise in Network, Data Center, Hosting and Cloud Services

About World4You
Founded in 1998, the company is the market leading mass hosting provider offering domains, shared web hosting, and value added services. The business has a growing custmer base consisting of around over 100,000 SMEs and prosumers. The company’s headquarters are located in Linz, Austria. For more information, please visit:
www.world4you.com.

About United Internet
With around 23 million fee-based customer contacts and over 36 million ad-financed free accounts, United Internet AG is a leading European internet specialist. At the heart of United Internet is a high performance „Internet Factory“ with approx. 9,000 employees, of which around 3,000 are engaged in product management, development and data centers. In addition to the sales strength of its established brands (such as 1&1, GMX, WEB.DE, STRATO, 1&1 Versatel and Drillisch Online brands), United Internet stands for outstanding operational excellence with over 59 million customer accounts worldwide. For more information, please visit  www.united-internet.com.

About Raymond James Investment Banking
Raymond James Investment Banking offers highly regarded capital formation and financial advisory services. Since 2013, we have participated in raising $300 billion in capital for our corporate clients and completed more than 710 advisory assignments, including more than 605 buy-side or sell-side advisory assignments. Raymond James was also recently named „Investment Banking Firm of the Year“ by The M&A Advisor in 2016. Put the expertise, quality and experience of Raymond James to work for you. For further information please visit www.raymondjames.com/ib.


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