- Mobivia Groupe, Europe’s largest independent automotive maintenance and repair services group, based in France, to acquire A.T.U, the German automotive services market leader. ? Transaction will reaffirm
- Mobivia Groupe’s leadership in Europe and expand its international footprint, generating combined annual sales of approximately EUR 2.7 billion. ?
- Olivier Mélis, President of the Board of Directors of Mobivia Groupe: “The acquisition of A.T.U is an outstanding opportunity for our Group”. ?
- Jörn Werner, CEO of A.T.U: “Mobivia Groupe is an ideal strategic owner of A.T.U”.
Weiden i.d. Oberpfalz / Germany – Lille / France, 21 September 2016 – Mobivia Groupe, Europe’s largest independent automotive maintenance and repair services group, has executed a definitive agreement to acquire A.T.U Auto-Teile-Unger (“A.T.U”), the German automotive services market leader. Once completed, the proposed transaction will reaffirm Mobivia Groupe as the largest automotive maintenance and repair chain in Europe, with close to 2,000 automotive workshops and retail stores, over 20,000 employees, and projected combined annual sales of approximately EUR 2.7 billion.
A.T.U operates 577 auto centres in Germany, 25 in Austria, and six in Switzerland. In its financial year ended on 30 June 2016, A.T.U had sales of approximately EUR 1 billion. A.T.U will continue to operate in the German market as an autonomous company under its own brand within Mobivia Groupe, and keep its headquarters in Weiden i.d. Oberpfalz, Germany.
A.T.U is currently owned by a group of international investors. Closing of the transaction, which is expected to occur by the end of 2016, is subject to the condition that A.T.U reaches long-term agreements with the main lessors of its premises on reducing rental payments to market levels. These rent reductions are a significant condition in returning A.T.U to sustainable and profitable growth, and management is in active negotiations with the lessors to this end. The transaction is also subject to approval from the appropriate competition authorities.
Mobivia Groupe is the European leader in multi-brand vehicle servicing and parts. Mobivia Groupe currently operates in 16 countries, in Europe, Africa, and Latin America, through more than 1,300 service points with its brands Norauto, Midas, Carter-Cash, Auto 5, Synchro Diffusion, Bythjul, and Skruvat, and serves over 30 million motorists. The Group has been working for 45 years to offer its customers solutions that are ever more adapted to their mobility needs, namely, to travel more easily and in a more accessible way that is 2 cleaner, safer, and more economical. Mobivia Groupe is also recognized as a key operator in new mobilities through its business accelerator Via ID, which supports innovative startups in the field of shared, connected, and urban mobilities. Mobivia Groupe, based in Lille, France, is a privately owned company that was founded in 1970. It had sales of EUR 1.76 billion in 2015 and employs 11,000 staff.
Olivier Mélis, President of the Board of Directors of Mobivia Groupe, shared: “This is an important milestone for Mobivia Groupe, as it will strengthen our European leadership by joining forces with a key partner in the German automotive after-market, which is Europe’s largest market and a new country for the Group. Mobivia Groupe’s mission to ‘Make Mobility Easier’ drives our business strategy both in terms of organic and external growth, supported by the sound financial basis of a family-owned and therefore independent group. We are delighted to welcome over 600 new service points and the 10,000 A.T.U employees, which will enable new synergies and exciting opportunities, while maintaining our shared focus on customers”.
Jörn Werner, CEO of A.T.U, commented: “As one of the leading international companies in automotive workshops, Mobivia Groupe is an ideal strategic owner for us. We will continue to manage the transformation process in order to bring A.T.U back to profitable growth. As part of the Mobivia Groupe, significant strategic synergies for the combined businesses have been identified in areas including purchasing, logistics, and through the exchange of technical expertise. We are grateful to the shareholders of A.T.U, particularly Centerbridge and Goldman Sachs Asset Management, for their support in working with us to significantly enhance our balance sheet and capital structure, and helping us drive forward our restructuring process. They were a key contributor to the transformation of the company, and helped to drive critical growth initiatives for A.T.U. The combination with Mobivia Groupe will help us to ensure that this transformation continues, which will benefit both the employees and the customers of our company”. Advisors to Mobivia Groupe Financial advisors BNP Paribas (Paris and Frankfurt) Ulysse & Co (Paris) Legal advisor Latham & Watkins (Paris and Frankfurt) Advisors to selling shareholders Financial advisor Goldman Sachs AG (Frankfurt), through its Investment Banking Division M&A counsel Weil, Gotshal & Manges 3 * * * About the A.T.U Auto-Teile-Unger Group A.T.U is the market leader in Germany for automotive service. Since its establishment in 1985, the company has enjoyed dynamic development. Headquartered in Weiden i.d. Oberpfalz, Germany, A.T.U operates over 600 branches across Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and has approximately 10,000 employees with annual Group sales of approximately EUR 1 billion. The A.T.U business model is based on a combination of master workshops and integrated motorists’ shops. In all of its sites, A.T.U offers a broad range of mobility related accessories and spare parts of OEM quality. As it is independent of any brands, A.T.U can offer product solutions which are adapted to the individual customer’s needs. The A.T.U master workshops are equipped with state-ofthe-art technology and offer comprehensive service, maintenance, and repair services, including Smart Repair, an innovative paintwork repair system, along with its vehicle glass service, for all brands. More information: www.atu.de About Mobivia Groupe As an international group that operates in 16 countries, Mobivia Groupe is the European leader in multi-brand vehicle maintenance and equipment (with brands such as Norauto, Midas, Carter-Cash, Auto 5, Synchro Diffusion, Bythjul, and Skruvat) and a leading player in the field of new mobility. For the past 45 years, the Group has been committed to offering its customers a range of solutions that are ever more compatible with their mobility needs, which means making it easier for people to get around, in a more accessible, cleaner, safer, and more economical way. This is why, in 2010, the Group created Via ID, a business accelerator focused on new mobility, namely urban, shared and connected transport, and Easy Mobility services in general. Today, Mobivia Groupe has more than 11,000 employees working across six activities, in 18 companies united by one mission: Making mobility easier.