Pure Beauty

Douglas plans Frankfurt IPO by end of month

By Julia Wray | Published: 5-Mar-2024

German perfumery Douglas is aiming to raise €1.1 billion in equity to reduce debt

Beauty retailer Douglas Group has announced a planned public listing on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. 

The German retail giant hopes to raise €800m via the initial public offering (IPO), which it intends to complete in the first quarter. 

In addition to the €800m, Douglas is targeting an extra €300m from existing shareholders, including majority shareholder CVC Capital Partners.

Proceeds will be used to reduce debt, with remaining loans refinanced at better terms. 

Douglas added that CVC and the Kreke family behind the business will not give up shares in the IPO.

Following the listing, CVC will continue to hold an indirect majority interest in the group.

Douglas’ CEO Sander van der Laan commented: “Our IPO is the logical next step for us to leverage our full potential in the future as a publicly listed company.” 

He added that the group is “ideally positioned to further capitalise on the large, resilient and growing European premium beauty market, where our customers are attracted by our comprehensive beauty offering and value our broad and distinctive range of brands”.

Douglas was delisted from the stock exchange in 2013 after a joint takeover by financial investor Advent and the founding Kreke family. 

In 2015, the majority went to CVC for almost €3bn.

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