Heliad sells shareholding in blau Mobilfunk - Proceeds on sale substantially higher than previous valuation

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++ Heliad sells shareholding in blau Mobilfunk
++ Proceeds on sale substantially higher than previous valuation
Heliad, a publicly listed investment company, has signed an agreement providing for the complete sale of its shareholding in blau Mobilfunk GmbH. The buyer is the Dutch telecommunications provider KPN. The parties have agreed to maintain confidentiality concerning the purchase price.
Heliad acquired its shareholding in the rapidly growing mobile phone company for EUR 3.0 million in June 2006. Blau exceeded operating expectations, quadrupling its sales year-on-year to more than EUR 40 million in 2007.

The proceeds on the sale amount to a multiple of the capital committed. After an term of 21 months, the return on investment has substantially exceeded the internal target set by Heliad when making the investment.
The review of the sale by the Federal Cartel Office is expected to be completed before the end of April 2008.

Ralf Flore, CEO of Heliad, is very pleased with the successful sale. 'Having spent the past two years substantially expanding the portfolio, with this transaction Heliad has now shown that we are able not only to identify superb companies with above-average growth potential at reasonable conditions, but also to organise successful exits. The successful sale of blau, even in this difficult period on the capital markets, marks an important milestone in this respect. At the same time, Heliad has sufficient liquidity to exploit any anti-cyclical opportunities available in the current market climate.'

++ About Heliad

Heliad is a publicly listed equity investment company investing in strong growth companies in German speaking countries. Heliad targets established owner-managed business models with a turnover of between Euro 10 and 100 million. In view of this investment focus, Heliad is positioned in the attractive niche between venture capital and large buyouts. The at present 14 companies in Heliad’s portfolio employing a workforce of about 4,000 had a combined turnover of more than Euro 700 million. Further information concerning the company can be found at www.heliad.de.
Heliad Equity Partners GmbH & Co. KGaA
Alexander Mitsch
Chief Financial Officer
Tel.: +49 (0) 69 71 91 59 65 28
E-Mail: alexander.mitsch@heliad.de

26.03.2008  Financial News transmitted by DGAP

Language:     English
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