Linio receives USD 50M investment from Latin Idea and existing blue-chip investors

One of the largest e-commerce investments in Latin America

05 NOVEMBER 2013
Summary
Mexico City, November 5th, 2013. - Linio, the leading and fastest growing e-commerce business in Latin America, today disclosed that Latin Idea, a prominent Mexico-based private equity fund, has joined the company as an investor. Existing investors – which include JP Morgan Asset Management, Investment AB Kinnevik, the Tengelmann Group, Summit Partners, and Rocket Internet – also participated in the financing round of USD 50M in fresh capital for Linio.

Andreas Mjelde, CEO of Linio, about the latest investment into Linio: "We are delighted to have secured this new round of funding, which will allow us to continue our growth trajectory in existing markets, scale our operations, and continue to improve our service. Due to their great experience in supporting businesses in this region, Latin Idea is the perfect partner for us on our path to become the leader in all markets in which we operate. It is our aim to use this funding to increase our market share and market leadership in Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela.”

Alex Rossi, Managing Partner of Latin Idea, adds: “We are thrilled to join Linio as an investor and partner. The company’s scale and achievements after only one year of operations are highly impressive. Given the management’s track record, the trend of online shopping, and the region’s macro outlook we are very confident in Linio’s success.”

Linio already offers more than 150,000 products of international brands such as Samsung, Nike, and Chanel in seven categories (Technology, Home, Fashion, Health & Beauty, Kids & Babies, Books & Magazines, and Sports). Products can be purchased easily on the company’s website www.linio.com or on-the-go via the Linio mobile app available on Google Play. Items are delivered directly to the customer’s doorstep in as little as 1-2 days.

About Latin Idea
Latin Idea is a private equity fund manager with headquarters in Mexico. It was founded in early 2000 and has raised and managed four funds aimed at investing in emerging companies where the use of technology and innovation is a driving force in their growth. Latin Idea’s investment in Linio was made through its third expansion/growth fund, which totals USD 130M.

About Linio
Linio (www.linio.com.mx, www.linio.com.co, www.linio.com.pe, www.linio.com.ve) is Latin America’s fastest growing online retailer with operations in Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela. Linio is pioneering e-commerce across some of the world’s fastest growing countries by offering a fast, secure, and convenient online shopping experience with a broad product offering in categories ranging from consumer electronics to household goods, toys, and sports equipment. Linio strives to provide its customers the best possible service – including multiple payment options, free returns, and extensive customer service and warranty commitments. Founded in 2012, the company currently employs more than 400 people and has accumulated over 20 million site hits, almost 2 million fans on its Facebook page, and more than 35,000 followers on Twitter.

Press contact:
Linio
Paulina Nettel
3603.9700 ext. 882
paulina.nettel@linio.com.mx

Eureka
Ileana Franco
5256.4225 ext. 106
ileana@eurekandco.com

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About Rocket Internet

About Rocket Internet

Rocket Internet incubates and invests in Internet companies with proven business models. It provides operational support to its companies and helps them scale internationally. Rocket Internet focuses predominantly on four industry sectors of online and mobile retail and services that make up a significant share of consumer spending: Food & Groceries, Fashion, General Merchandise and Home & Living. Rocket Internet’s selected companies are active in a large number of countries around the world with more than 28,000 employees. Rocket Internet SE is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ISIN DE000A12UKK6, RKET). For further information please visit www.rocket-internet.com.

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