Press release from Aareal Bank AG: Sale of Aareon to TPG

Published on 24 Jun 2024

Aareal Bank and Advent International to sell Aareon to TPG for approximately € 3.9 billion

Photo of Aareon headquarter in Mainz

Wiesbaden, 24 June 2024 – Aareal Bank and Advent International (“Advent”) today announced that they have entered into an agreement with TPG and CDPQ for them to acquire Aareon, a European provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions for the property industry. The financial terms of the sale are based on an enterprise value for Aareon of approximately € 3.9 billion, valuing Aareal Bank’s equity stake in Aareon at approximately € 2.1 billion. Closing is expected to take place in the second half of 2024, subject to customary closing conditions and approvals.

The transaction and partnership with TPG will provide Aareon access to additional, dedicated resources and expertise to drive innovation and further growth. TPG will invest in Aareon through TPG Capital, the firm’s U.S. and European private equity platform, in consortium with CDPQ, a global investment group, who will co-invest alongside TPG for a minority interest in Aareon. Advent will continue its involvement in Aareon with the investment of new equity for a minority interest in the standalone company.

With its Property Management System, Aareon promotes efficient and sustainable property management and maintenance. The company’s portfolio enables seamless, automated end-to-end processes connecting property managers and owners across the residential and commercial real estate sectors. The company is headquartered in Mainz, Germany.

Jochen Klösges, Chief Executive Officer of Aareal Bank and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Aareon, said: “We are pleased to have found new owners for Aareon who, thanks to their financial strength and pronounced industry experience, are well positioned to propel Aareon into its next major step of evolution. Over the past few years, we successfully developed Aareon into a ‘Rule of 40’ company, that has demonstrated impressive organic and inorganic growth. We look forward to maintaining our successful collaboration through our joint venture, First Financial Software, which not only fortifies our long-term partnership with Aareon but also opens up further growth prospects for all parties involved.”

Flavio Porciani, Partner at TPG, said: “For many years, we have admired Aareon’s position as a leader in the European property management industry and are thrilled to partner with the Aareon team and our fellow investors to build on the successes of the business as a standalone company. The need for comprehensive property management solutions is growing amid a trend towards digitalisation of real estate workflows and an increasingly complex regulatory environment. Aareon’s platform is built to support this evolution, providing owners and managers an integrated, modern system that improves connectivity and streamlines business operations.”

Jeff Paduch, Managing Partner of Advent International and Supervisory Board Member of Aareon, commented: “We are proud to have supported the leadership team and employees of Aareon in their successful transformation, which is culminating in one of the largest software buyouts in Europe in 2024. The company is well positioned to continue to lead innovation for its customers in the European housing ecosystem and is on a path of sustainable growth with exciting opportunities ahead for all stakeholders.”

Harry Thomsen, Chief Executive Officer of Aareon, said: “This transaction marks a milestone in the development of Aareon. Thanks to the strong support of our owners Aareal Bank and Advent International, the company has made excellent progress in recent years. Now, we have reached a point where we can take the next step in our development. We are in an ideal position to capture further growth opportunities and welcome TPG and CDPQ as experienced and strong new partners.”

Following the transaction, Aareal Bank and Aareon will continue to seamlessly cooperate to support their clients through their joint venture First Financial Software. First Financial Software provides clients with specialist expertise around payment software solutions for the property sector and related industries.

Significant gain on sale after transaction related costs expected in 2024

The sale of Aareon will lead to a significant gain on sale net of transaction-related costs in Aareal Bank Group of approximately € 2 billion. The gain will be booked upon closing, which is expected in the second half of 2024. Meanwhile, most transaction-related costs of around € 150 million will already have to be recognised in the second quarter, coinciding with the signing of the transaction. The gain on sale net of transaction-related costs had not been considered in Aareal Bank Group’s previous guidance for the 2024 financial year, which will be adjusted upwards. In addition, Aareon will be reported as a discontinued operation according to IFRS 5 starting in the second quarter until closing.

Aareal Bank’s banking business excluding Aareon is well on track to achieve its operating target of € 250 million to € 300 million for the 2024 financial year. The Bank alone generated around € 92 million of consolidated operating profit in Q1 2024 and accounted for an operating profit of € 221 million in 2023. The Group’s Common Equity Tier 1 ratio (Basel IV phase-in ratio) stood at 19.7 per cent at the end of the first quarter of 2024.

Arma Partners acted as lead financial advisor and Goldman Sachs acted as financial advisor to Advent International and Aareal. CMS served as legal counsel for Aareal while Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP provided legal advice to Advent International. Morgan Stanley & Co. International Plc acted as financial advisor to TPG and CDPQ and Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal counsel.

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