KINNEVIK & ROCKET TO CREATE GLOBAL FASHION E-COMMERCE GROUP
Dafiti, Jabong, Lamoda, Namshi & Zalora to be combined into a single group of emerging markets focused fashion e-commerce brands
04 SEPTEMBER 2014
SummaryStockholm, Sweden / Berlin, Germany, 4 September 2014 – Investment AB Kinnevik ("Kinnevik") and Rocket Internet AG (“Rocket”) today announced the entering into a definitive agreement to combine five leading fashion e-commerce businesses, namely Dafiti (Latin America), Jabong (India), Lamoda (Russia & CIS), Namshi (Middle East) and Zalora (South East Asia & Australia) to create a new global fashion e-commerce group (“GFG”).
GFG will operate across the five continents with a focus on growth markets, covering 23 countries with a EUR 330bn fashion market and population of over 2.5bn people who continue to move rapidly online and purchase via ecommerce. GFG will market a wide assortment of leading International apparel and accessories brands, a tailored selection of highly engaging internally developed brands and local assortments developed for specific ethnic markets notably in India, Indonesia and the Middle East.
GFG will maintain multiple business models including full inventory, branded shops and marketplaces tailored to the opportunities within the local markets. In addition, GFG will continue to explore the development of adjacent categories like personal care. Mobile commerce will remain a core focus for GFG through the continued development of mobile applications aimed at the growing smartphone user base in its territories.
The five GFG companies combine a unique expertise of developing leading online brands (e.g. Dafiti in Brazil), building the necessary infrastructure including where necessary last mile delivery networks (e.g. Lamoda Express in Russia), creating leading private label brands (e.g. “Lara Karen” and “Sangria” by Jabong in India and ”ZALORA” and “Ezra” by Zalora in South East Asia) and delivering best-in-class mobile applications (e.g. Namshi in Middle East).
The combination will improve global best practice sharing across functions, deliver economies of scale in sourcing international brands and marketing with global media channels, strengthen the private label efforts, enhance GFG’s ability to attract and retain top talent, accelerate development of technology platforms, and enable GFG to acquire a leadership position in growth market fashion e-commerce.
Per June 30th, 2014, GFG had 4.6m active customers and over 7,000 employees. For the first six months of 2014, GFG websites had 353m unique visitors, received 8.4m orders and generated EUR 436m of Gross Merchandise Volume. In 2013, GFG’s IFRS revenues amounted to EUR 406m.
Since launch in 2011 and 2012, the five e-commerce companies have attracted funding in excess of EUR 1bn from Kinnevik, Access Industries, Summit Partners, Verlinvest, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Tengelmann and a number of other investors. With approximately EUR 350m of cash as of 30 Jun 2014, GFG is very well capitalised to continue to execute on its plans and capture its growth opportunities.
Substantially all the direct and indirect shareholders in the five existing e-commerce companies will contribute their shares into a newly formed Luxembourg-based entity. The three largest shareholders in GFG will be Kinnevik, Rocket and Access Industries, with 25.1%, 23.5% and 7.4% ownership interests, respectively.
The GFG companies will continue to be led by their respective founders and management teams with a few select additions to the leadership team intended to foster group synergies and the pursuit of global initiatives.
The Board of Directors of GFG will include Lorenzo Grabau, CEO of Kinnevik as Chairman, Oliver Samwer, CEO of Rocket as Deputy Chairman and representatives of the other largest shareholders.
For the purposes of the combination, the five companies were valued according to their last funding rounds, resulting in a valuation of EUR 2.7bn for the combined entity.
The agreed transaction is subject to binding rulings by fiscal authorities and antitrust approval. Closing is expected in late 2014.
Lorenzo Grabau, CEO of Kinnevik, said:
“The creation of GFG brings together five powerful digital brands led by a unique group of highly talented founders and managers. By operating as a single entity, Dafiti, Jabong, Lamoda, Namshi and Zalora will be even more effective in expanding their leadership positions in their respective marketplaces.”
Oliver Samwer, co-founder and CEO of Rocket, commented:
“GFG will be focused on capturing the massive growth opportunity of fashion e-commerce in emerging markets. Each of the business units will be able to build on the original Rocket platform and continue to leverage knowledge and expertise gained across 23 countries. I look forward to working with our founders in accelerating GFG’s growth profile and development even further.”
About Rocket Internet
Rocket's mission is to become the world’s largest Internet platform outside of China and the United States. Rocket identifies and builds proven internet business models and transfers them to new, underserved or untapped markets where it seeks to scale them into market leading online companies.
Rocket is focused on online business models that satisfy basic consumer needs across three sectors: e-Commerce, marketplaces and financial technology.
Rocket started in 2007 and now has more than 20,000 employees across its network of companies, which operate in more than 100 countries on five continents.
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Number of customers having made at least one transaction as defined in “total transactions” within the last 12 months before end of period calculated as the sum of active customers for the companies excluding Jabong.
Number of total unique identifiers visiting the website in the period (including from mobile & tablets) calculated as the sum of unique visitors for the 5 companies.
Total number of valid (i.e., not failed or declined) orders starting the fulfilment process less cancelled orders (before rejected and returned orders), i.e., total number of orders shipped in the period (e-commerce excluding marketplace). Calculated as the sum of orders for the 5 companies.
The total value of “total transactions” sold in period, excluding taxes and shipping costs (taxes and shipping costs excluded for comparison reasons between countries and companies), including value of vouchers. Calculated as the sum of GMV for the 5 companies.
Calculated as the sum of IFRS revenues of the 5 companies.
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About Rocket Internet
Rocket's mission is to become the world’s largest Internet platform outside of the United States and China. Rocket identifies and builds proven Internet business models and transfers them to new, underserved or untapped markets where it seeks to scale them into market leading online companies. Rocket is focused on proven online business models that satisfy basic consumer needs across three sectors: eCommerce, marketplaces and financial technology. Rocket was founded in 2007 and now has more than 25,000 employees across its network of companies, which operate in more than 100 countries on five continents.
Our e-commerce companies include retail companies in the areas of fashion, general merchandise, home and living, office supplies and food and groceries. Our marketplace companies seek to displace traditional supply chains by creating venues where buyers and sellers can transact directly, and include real estate and car online classifieds, travel and transport, and food delivery companies. Our third sector, financial technology, includes companies that focus on bringing together borrowers and lenders in regions and segments that are underserved by traditional banks, particularly in the consumer and small and medium-sized enterprise segments, and on facilitating payments.
As part of our global strategy, we have created regional Internet groups in Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East in order to bundle local market and business model insights, facilitate regional commercial, strategic and investment partnerships, in particular with mobile telecommunication providers, enable local recruiting and sourcing and accelerate the regional rollout of our companies. We have developed proprietary technology where we believe it provides our companies with a competitive advantage. Our proprietary technology is highly flexible and scalable and provides our companies with significant cost and speed advantages, particularly during their initial rapid launch and rollout processes.
Our platform has enabled us to build a large, global network of companies and has historically put us in a position to launch more than 10 new companies every year through application of a standardized business model identification and development process. Every new company that we start accelerates the virtuous circle of synergy creation among our companies. The larger the size of our network of companies, the more significant our opportunity is to benefit from synergies and network effects with respect to our suppliers, solution providers, customers and employees.