Euroflorist Intressenter, majority-owned by Litorina, divests Euroflorist to a consortium of highly regarded investors
During Litorina’s holding period Euroflorist has built an international footprint as a leading online platform for flower sales across northern Europe and the UK with an attractive and rapidly growing DTC box offering
Litorina exits Euroflorist, a leading international online flower sales platform, to a consortium of investors led by Magnus Silfverberg, previously CEO of Bisnode and Betsson, and Johan Tjärnberg, CEO of Trustly and CEO/co-founder of Bambora, alongside a group of co-investors. The transaction was completed through divestment of the operating group of companies and the seller is Euroflorist Intressenter, where Litorina holds the majority of the shares. The transaction closed on December 17, 2021.
During Litorina’s holding period, Euroflorist has grown organically and through selective add-on acquisitions to become one of the leading European online platforms for flower sales, with activity in 11 countries. The company has successfully leveraged its extensive international florist network to drive growth in online sales. The traditional florist delivery model has been complemented by a differentiating and margin accretive DTC box business, which still holds substantial further penetration potential. Through excellent execution, the company successfully capitalised on the strong demand driven by the pandemic in 2020-21 and is well-positioned to benefit from the structural positive market shift. During Litorina’s ownership, the company more than doubled sales with earnings increasing more than fivefold.
“Euroflorist’s platform model for flower delivery comes with several attractive characteristics. At its core lies the high scalability and low capital requirements. Litorina invested with a view to leverage that model and capitalise on the increased e-com penetration to drive international growth, and I am pleased to see that this generated a good return for our investors.” says Jörgen Ekberg, Executive Chairman at Litorina. ”The international footprint of the business and the margin accretive DTC box offering constitutes an attractive foundation for continued success for Euroflorist”, Jörgen continues.
The sellers were advised by Carnegie, Vinge and PwC.
Euroflorist is a leading international online flower sales platform with operations in eleven European countries. Every year, Euroflorist delivers millions of floral greetings, reception flowers, gifts and funeral wreaths through some 5,000 directly affiliated flower shops and external suppliers. Since its inception in 1982, Euroflorist has grown internationally through its own establishments and through acquisitions of florist networks. Euroflorist began to offer online flower gifts as early as 1995, which today represent approximately 85% of the total sales. For more information, please visit www.euroflorist.se.
Litorina, founded in 1998, invests in niche market-leading companies with headquarters in the Nordics. Litorina partners with management teams and entrepreneurs that want to take their companies to their full potential. Litorina aims to build larger, better and more sustainable companies by contributing relevant experience, knowledge, passion and resources to accelerate growth. For more information, please visit www.litorina.se.