AURELIUS acquires Office Depot Europe

AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA  / Key word(s): Takeover

23.09.2016 18:31

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AURELIUS acquires Office Depot Europe

Munich / London, September 23, 2016 - AURELIUS Rho Invest DS GmbH, an
AURELIUS subsidiary, today submitted a binding offer to acquire the
European business activities of the US-based Office Depot, Inc. Once the
usual consultation processes with various employee representative bodies at
the Office Depot Group in France have been concluded, the seller will be
able to conclude an already negotiated purchase agreement. The two parties
have agreed on exclusivity during this period. The transaction, which is
subject to the approval of the relevant anti-trust authorities and further
closing conditions, is scheduled for completion in the next few months.

The approximately 6,500 employees working in the operations to be acquired
booked revenues of around EUR 2 billion. This would make the acquisition
the biggest to date in the history of AURELIUS in terms of revenues. The
seller is Florida-based Office Depot, Inc., a vendor of office supplies and
services. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price, the
size and composition of which are aligned with previous AURELIUS


Information and Explanation of the Issuer to this News:

AURELIUS Group is a pan-European asset manager with offices in Munich,
London, Stockholm and Madrid. Over the last ten years AURELIUS has grown
from a local turnaround investor to an international multi-asset manager
investing in a wide range of sectors and across the capital structure.

AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA (ISIN: DE000A0JK2A8, Ticker
Symbol: AR4) represents the listed entity within the AURELIUS Group that
focusses on investing in Special Situations and MidMarket transaction
opportunities. AURELIUS Equity Opportunities currently has 25 portfolio
companies located across Europe which employ around 23,000 people and
generate annual revenues of approximately EUR3.0 billion. The shares of
AURELIUS Equity Opportunities are traded on all German stock exchanges with
a market capitalisation of c. EUR1.5 billion as of September 2016.

With its group charity AURELIUS Refugee Initiative, AURELIUS provides
comprehensive support for refugees on their way towards a better life.

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Anke Banaschewski
Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
Phone: +49 (89) 544799-0
Fax: +49 (89) 544799-55

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Company:      AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA
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Phone:        +49 (0)89 544 799-0
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