Minkabu secures majority stake in listed wallstreet:online

Frankfurt, 22 June 2016. Tokyo-based Minkabu, via its German subsidiary sharewise GmbH (together “Minkabu Group”), secures the right to acquire a majority stake in stock market listed wallstreet:online AG.

2016_June_Minkabu_wallstreet online_v04On 21 June 2016, Minkabu Group entered into a sale and purchase agreement with André Kolbinger, founder and CEO of wallstreet:online AG, and his holding company in relation to the purchase of all their shares (in total approximately 72.6%) in wallstreet:online AG by sharewise GmbH. The parties expect the transaction to close during the last quarter of this year. However, the transaction is subject to a number of conditions precedent.
 
wallstreet:online AG, founded in 1998 by Mr. Kolbinger and headquartered in Berlin, operates Germany‘s largest financial community “wallstreet-online.de”. The company generates approximately 1.8 million monthly unique visits (Google Analytics). In 2015, wallstreet:online AG generated EUR 2.5 million in revenue and EBITDA of EUR 0.4 million. wallstreet:online AG has been listed on the Entry Market segment of Deutsche Börse since 2007.

Minkabu Group, founded in 2006, operates a global network of investment-related social media platforms for investors and provides financial information services for institutions. Besides “minkabu.jp” in Japan, the company is active in mainland China via “Caiku.com” as well as in Europe via “Sharewise.com” and North America via “UpDown.com” and “Stockhouse.com”.

With a strong focus on expanding geographically, Minkabu Group now has 11 offices in 8 countries around the globe. The group generates approximately 10 million monthly unique visits and shows dynamic and profitable revenue growth.

“With Minkabu wallstreet:online gains a dynamically growing, innovative shareholder who is the undisputed market leader in Asia due to its strong technology and proprietary content,” Kolbinger said. “Minkabu has developed a globally spanning network of financial portals and wallstreet:online will benefit enormously from the broad range of unique content and features.”

“By acquiring a majority stake in wallstreet:online Minkabu significantly strengthens its European operations,” said Ken Uryu, CEO and founder of Minkabu. “wallstreet:online is a perfect addition for us as we reach our goal of becoming the global leader in financial social media analytics.”

ACXIT Capital Partners acted as M&A advisor to Minkabu Inc. in this transaction.

About Minkabu

Minkabu is a technology company that integrates investor sentiment with capital markets data to provide financial analytical solutions to investors through its subsidiaries around the globe. The company also provides financial and economic news distribution and media support services and investment advisory services in Japan. Since its founding, Minkabu has either acquired, or is in the process of acquiring, ten companies, established a strong presence in Asia, Europe, and expects to develop a significant presence in North America. (minkabu.global)

About wallstreet:online

wallstreet:online AG, founded in 1998 by its CEO André Kolbinger and headquartered in Berlin, Germany, operates Germany‘s largest financial community “www.wallstreet-online.de”. The portal is organized in the following segments: Stock Exchange & Markets (comprehensive stock market data of national and international markets, chart signals, insider data as well as extensive finance and analytic tools); News (continuous up to date news stream regarding economic, financial and stock market developments; content is provided by international press agencies, financial professionals, community experts and premium authors); and Financial Community (users post approximately 5,000 comments daily in more than 50 forums. Of its 400 thousand registered users, approximately 40 thousand are active. Since inception, approximately 660 thousand users have provided 50 million comments regarding more than 1.2 million topics). (www.wallstreet-online.ag)

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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