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21.12.2017  // Aurelius acquires UK-based Connect Books

  • European multi-channel wholesaler, distributor and retailer of books with revenues of approx. EUR 250 million in 2017
  • Non-core asset of UK-listed Connect Group as it focuses on its specialist logistics business
  • Significant potential for the AURELIUS operating model
  • Connect Books to be rebranded back to Bertram Group

20.12.2017  // AURELIUS Refugee Initiative e.V. supports “Plant-a-Talent”

  • Non-profit organisation places refugees in vacant jobs
  • Work as a key element for integration
  • More than 125 candidates already placed successfully

19.12.2017  // AURELIUS portfolio company Cargill Animal Nutrition Switzerland renamed “Granovit”

  • Rebranding to be completed by early February 2018
  • Customer focus to be even stronger in future

14.12.2017  // AURELIUS School for Syrian refugee children in Turkey

  • AURELIUS Refugee Initiative e.V. to fund a school for Syrian refugees in Turkey
  • Improved prospects of a return to their home country for refugee children and their families after the conflict in Syria has ended

06.12.2017  // AURELIUS subsidiary Office Depot Europe solidly on the path to sustained profitability and growth

  • Comprehensive turnaround program until mid-2019
  • Stronger focus on e-commerce and customer satisfaction
  • Initial positive results of Realignment

05.12.2017  // AURELIUS Executive Board to propose payment of record dividend of EUR 5.00 per share

  • Base dividend rises to EUR 1.50 per share (+ 50 %)
  • Participation dividend from successful exits of EUR 3.50 per share
  • Change in dividend policy – basic dividend raised permanently, dividends from this year’s exits to be spread over several years
  • Current dividend return of over 9%

01.12.2017  // AURELIUS wins “Private Equity Turnaround of the Year” award for successful exit from Getronics

  • Recognition by prestigious Institute for Turnaround (IFT) for the Group’s most successful exit to date
  • Jury impressed by the strategic realignment and substantial growth of Getronics under the AURELIUS umbrella

30.11.2017  // AURELIUS expands Executive Board

  • CFO Steffen Schiefer to become Executive Board Member
  • Fritz Seemann to join the Executive Board with focus on realignment of portfolio companies
  • Basis created for further growth

29.11.2017  // Aurelius acquires Spanish core board and solid board packaging specialist Abelan

  • Deal represents Aurelius’ third acquisition in the European packaging sector since 2015
  • Three manufacturing facilities in Spain and France
  • Projected revenues of c.€70m in 2017
  • Closing expected for end December 2017

22.11.2017  // AURELIUS sells Studienkreis Group

  • Selling price EUR 71.7 million
  • Significant increase in revenues and profitability after successful reorganisation by AURELIUS following acquisition in 2013

17.11.2017  // AURELIUS subsidiary GHOTEL continues to expand

  • Three new hotel openings signed in Bochum and Düsseldorf
  • GHOTEL group positioned as an approved franchisee
  • Additional hotel projects in planning

06.11.2017  // AURELIUS acquires Cargill’s Switzerland-based animal feed business

  • Extensive product and service know-how in animal feed with state-of-the-art production sites in Switzerland
  • AURELIUS’ positioning as expert in complex carve-out situations again re-confirmed

27.10.2017  // AURELIUS Equity Opportunities: First nine months of 2017 characterized by successful transactions – EBITDA of the combined Group nearly quintupled

  • Total consolidated revenues at EUR 3,133.7 million (+46% year-over-year)
  • EBITDA of the combined Group at EUR 575.1 million (+371% year-over-year)
  • Record exits of Secop and Getronics contributed substantially to the result
  • NAV of portfoliorises to EUR 1,521.5 million despite dividends and share retirements
  • Cash portfolio at a record level
  • Outlook remains positive – financial year 2017 will be a new record year

01.09.2017  // AURELIUS successfully completes acquisition of Danish do-it-yourself retail chain Silvan

  • Already the fifth acquisition in the current financial year
  • AURELIUS’s presence in Scandinavia pays off
  • Transaction pipeline remains well filled

10.08.2017  // AURELIUS Equity Opportunities reports successful results for the first half of 2017

  • Total consolidated revenues of EUR 2,282.9 million (+66% over H1 2016)
  • Already four new acquisitions in the first half of 2017
  • EBITDA for the combined group at EUR 303.0 million (+ 204% over H1 2016), positive earnings effects from record sales (SECOP, Getronics) to follow in the third quarter
  • Operating EBITDA of Group companies at EUR 75.7 million (+59% over H1 2016)
  • Net asset value rises to EUR 1,475.6 million, despite dividend payment and share retirement
  • Record earnings expected for 2017; outlook is still very positive

01.08.2017  // AURELIUS Refugee Initiative e.V. supports "Haus des Lernens"

  • Financing after-hours school tuition for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon
  • Future prospects for refugee children and their families as incentives for staying close to their Syrian home