AURELIUS acquires "Trade" operations of Swiss Valora Group


AURELIUS acquires "Trade" operations of Swiss Valora Group

  • Leading European distributor in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods segment for local retail business with sales of approximately EUR 400 million
  • Carve-out of Swiss Valora Holding AG, which will focus more intensely on its core retail business
  • Largest deal and attractive addition to AURELIUS' Retail & Consumer Goods segment

Munich, November 16, 2015 – The AURELIUS Group (ISIN DE000A0JK2A8) is acquiring the Valora Trade operations of Valora Holding AG, an independent commercial trading enterprise operating all across Europe and based in Swiss Muttenz near Basel. Valora Trade (VTR) is an exclusive distributor for Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) in the large-scale retail business and counts 300 well-known Food and Non-Food brand items among its customers. With the sale of sale of VTR, the Valora Group intends to concentrate more intensely on its core business in the future – the operation of small retail platforms in high-traffic locations such as kiosks, grocery stores, or newspaper and bookstores. With a total of around 660 employees, VTR will generate gross sales of approximately EUR 400 million in the current year.

As a long-term partner, VTR provides its customers and business partners with access to a regional market for FMCG products and also offers comprehensive customized services along the entire value chain – from market research and key customer management to trade marketing and business line management to purchasing, logistics, inventory management, and point-of-sale services.

Valora Trade is an attractive addition to the business portfolio of AURELIUS in the Consumer Goods/Food & Beverage segment. With its nine branch offices in seven European countries, VTR has access to more than 120 million consumers. “The unique combination of large-scale market coverage, many years of experience, and outstanding services makes Valora Trade an attractive partner for both brand owners as well as for retail partners. Brand owners receive quick and cost-effective access to nine regional markets and they benefit from VTRs considerable experience in dealing with international brands as well as access to VTR's expanded network. Retail partners in turn have access to a wide range of products and receive premium support and assistance in the optimization of shelf exposure, in advertising measures, or administrative tasks", says Dr. Dirk Markus, Chief Executive Officer of AURELIUS.

 “We are certain that in AURELIUS, we have found a strong partner, as well as a new owner that holds its subsidiaries over the long term and has relevant experience in this area”, says Michael Mueller, Chairman of the Executive Board of Valora Holding AG.

Today, Monday, November 16, 2015 at 2.00 pm CET the Executive Board of AURELIUS will conduct a telephone conference for interested investors and members of the press. To sign-up, please send an email to .