Emakina acquires leading Austrian agency diamond:dogs, strengthening its central European ‘DACH’ position

Frankfurt, 24 September 2015. Emakina Group announced it takes a 100% stake in the capital of diamond:dogs|group. With this step Emakina strengthens its position in the DACH-countries and leading role among European independent full-service digital agencies. The 80 diamond:dogs experts in online, mobile and social integral solutions join Emakina, with a strategic focus on the Central European market. CEO Gerhard Handler leads the new Emakina agency, with offices in Vienna, Salzburg and Zurich.
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With offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, and Turkey and international partnerships, Emakina serves customers worldwide. The integration of diamond:dogs reinforces its digital transformation experience, on a strategic and operational level, in B2B and B2C support.

In 2014, the annual turnover of diamond:dogs|group amounts to EUR 6.5m. This acquisition should have a positive financial impact on the consolidated EBITDA of Emakina Group from the last quarter of 2015.

Gerhard Handler leads the new Emakina agency as CEO, together with COO Nathalie Kohn, CTO Rainer Friedl, CCO Chris Budgen, and CFO Christian Handler.

“We warmly welcome diamond:dogs into the Emakina family. Their expertise and market leadership as a one-stop-shop for the whole digital value chain will greatly contribute toward expanding our product offerings in the important Central European region.”

– Karim Chouikri, CEO of Emakina

“We quickly were on the same wavelength with our new colleagues and share a clear vision on digital transformation. Gerhard and his team have a solid reputation as a highly trustworthy and dynamic digital agency, with a broad focus on integral solutions. This fits very well with Emakina’s DNA.”

– Brice Le Blévennec, co-CEO of Emakina

“Emakina’s 600 high-level communication experts and its global reach through its agencies and partners boost our power in cutting edge digital transformation and communications, and the market position of our team and clients in a long term perspective.”

– Gerhard Handler, CEO of diamond:dogs

ACXIT Capital Partners acted as exclusive financial adviser to the diamond:dogs|group.

About the Emakina Group

The Emakina Group is an independent European group of cutting edge communication agencies. More than 670 experts work from offices in Belgium, France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria and Turkey. They serve clients such as Audi, Axa, BIC, Brady-Seton, Danone, de Bijenkorf, D’Ieteren, EDA, ENGIE, Federal Mogul, FIVB, ING, IWC, Karl Lagerfeld, BASE (KPN), L’Oréal, Nike, Orange, PEUGEOT, Starwood, SNCF, Sundio, Total, Thomas Cook, and Unilever.
The Emakina agency guides companies through their digital transformation, helping them to develop better customer experiences, new lines of business, and quite simply to work better. The other agencies in the group are The Reference, Design is Dead, Your Agency, and Robert & Marien. All offer first class specialised digital and communication services.
The Emakina Group reported annual sales of EUR 56.1m in 2014 and is listed on Alternext of Euronext Brussels. (www.emakina.com)

About diamond:dogs | group

Started in 1999, the diamond:dogs|group serves corporate clients in the Austrian and Swiss markets with projects reaching across Europe. The team does not just deliver projects, but builds long-term relationships with clients such as REWE-Group, Microsoft, Heineken, Danone, Hyundai, Siemens, Swiss Post, Swisscom, EVN, N-ERGIE, and many more. (www.diamonddogs.cc)

About ACXIT Capital Partners

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, we offer our clients comprehensive corporate finance advisory services including M&A and capital markets advisory as well as restructuring, debt and strategic advisory. As an independent, privately owned firm we maintain offices in Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich, Zurich, Vienna and Hong Kong as well as strong alliances in China, India and the USA.

To date, we have completed more than 350 transactions with a total deal/financing volume of approx. EUR 17bn. Our clients are corporations, family-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, financial sponsors and family offices. While our home market is in the German speaking region, most clients are international and transactions cross-border. (www.acxit.com)

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