Sale of Winemaker Binderer Group to Les Grands Chais de France

Frankfurt, 18 October 2017. Peter Binderer, sole shareholder and CEO of Binderer Group, announced the intended sale of his shares in Binderer St. Ursula Weinkellerei GmbH (“BSU”) and Danubiana Kft., Hungary including all operating subsidiaries to Les Grand Chais de France (“GCF”).

Peter Binderer, sole shareholder and long-standing CEO of Binderer Group informed all employees about his intention to sell his shares to French Group GCF in the course of staff meetings which took place on 11 October 2017 in both Munich and Bingen am Rhein. Closing of the transaction is pending as it is subject to antitrust clearance by applicable antitrust authorities.

Peter Binderer highlighted the importance of handing over his family business to one of the most successful international groups in the winery business, which is able to offer a long-term perspective to BSU and its employees by driving the growth of BSU’s leading brands, including “Le Filou”, “D’Amati”, “Corsaire”, and “Sovinello 2Go”. The French winery group Les Grand Chais de France employs more than 2,500 people in over 173 countries and generated almost EUR 1bn in revenues in 2016.

ACXIT Capital Partners acted as Exclusive Financial Advisor to H. Binderer GmbH & Co. KG and its Sole Shareholder Peter Binderer.

 
ABOUT BINDERER GROUP
The Binderer Group is one of Germany’s leading wineries and has strong relationships with German supermarkets and discounter retailers. Export markets include, amongst others, the UK, the Nordic countries, Canada, Austria, Russia, and the USA. The product portfolio consists of a broad range of branded and private label wines as well as wine lifestyle products. Binderer Group sales amounted to approx. EUR 80m in 2016. While the corporate headquarters are located in Munich, the German production facility is based in Bingen am Rhein, one of the traditional German wine regions. In addition, Binderer owns and operates one of the largest Hungarian wine producers with locations in Gyöngyös and Bonyhád. (www.binderer.de)

ABOUT LES GRANDS CHAIS DE FRANCE SAS (GROUPE GCF)
Groupe Les Grands Chais de France (Groupe GCF) is one of the world’s leading wineries and the largest privately-owned winemaker in France. In the German market, Les Grands Chais de France is already well positioned with brands such as, “Grand Sud”, “J. P. Chenet”, “Francois Dulac”, and “Arthur Metz”. Les Grands Chais de France was founded by Joseph Helfrich in 1979 and generated revenues of almost EUR 1bn in 2016. Groupe GCF has its headquarters in Petersbach, Alsace in France. (www.groupegcf.com)

ABOUT ACXIT
ACXIT Capital Partners is a leading international corporate finance and investment advisory firm for mid-market clients and entrepreneurs in Europe and beyond. Since 1998, ACXIT offers its clients comprehensive corporate finance advisory services including M&A and capital markets advisory as well as restructuring, equity/debt and strategic advisory. As an independent, privately owned firm we maintain offices in Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich, Leipzig, Zurich and Hong Kong as well as strong alliances in France, China, India and the USA. (www.acxit.com)

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