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one.com to acquire Hostnet

Escrito 30/03/2020

one.com (‘the Group’), a leading European provider of web hosting services, has today announced the acquisition of Hostnet for an undisclosed consideration. The businesses are highly complementary given their focus on private customers, small to medium enterprises (‘SMEs’) and small office home offices (‘SOHOs’) and given that one.com is a leading web hoster across Northern Europe including Benelux and Hostnet operates principally in the Netherlands.

Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Amsterdam, Hostnet is a leading webhosting provider in the Netherlands with a hosting-led proposition focused on SMEs. It employs approximately 130 staff and serves over 210,000 customers. In particular, Hostnet is focused on mass-hosting with a product suite that targets both non-technical and technical users including: domain-only, webhosting, WordPress, email hosting, Office 365 and Virtual Private Servers (‘VPS’) on both a Managed and an Unmanaged basis. Hostnet has maintained a strong focus on customer service and success with industry-leading satisfaction metrics and customer support.

This transaction is the third major acquisition as part of one.com’s buy and build strategy which started under Cinven’s ownership, following the acquisitions of SYSE in February 2020 and Digital Garden in September 2019. As part of the Group’s growth strategy, and with Cinven’s support, one.com is looking to continue expanding both organically and through acquisitions into its core markets of the Nordics, Benelux, the UK and the DACH region as well as other geographic regions.

Both organisations benefit from an exceptional degree of similarity and overlap including (but not limited to) mass hosting products with focus on reliability and quality of product and service, rapid historical organic-only growth, cultural proximity. These strong similarities, together with one.com’s single platform story will therefore maximise the collaboration and strengthen the partnership between the companies.

Stephan Wolfram, Group CEO of one.com, said:

“We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Hostnet given its focus on operational excellence and high brand awareness. As a result of this transaction, we are now a leading operator in the Dutch hosting market that is core to the development of our business strategy. We look forward to working with the team at Hostnet and significantly enhancing our European presence and product range for our customers.”

Harold Douwes, Founder and CEO of Hostnet said:

“Hostnet is a highly regarded player in the hosting market with capabilities, awareness and products that will contribute to further accelerate the development of one.com’s business. Within the consolidating hosting market, it was important for Hostnet to connect with a strong partner. We found it in one.com, an ambitious party with a lot of knowledge and experience. This offers plenty of possibilities and opportunities for the future.”

Thomas Railhac, Partner at Cinven commented:

“Cinven has a strong track record of successfully growing businesses through a structured buy and build strategy. We are excited about this acquisition as it represents a milestone for one.com becoming a market leader in the Dutch region, and is a clear example of the Group’s ambitious future growth plans.”

About one.com:

one.com is an innovative supplier of web hosting services. one.com was established in 2002 in Denmark and is today one of the leading companies in Europe within the domain names and web hosting industry with a market-leading focus on highly technical but easy-to-use products and customer satisfaction. Since the foundation of one.com in 2002 by Jacob Jensen, one.com has experienced constant, rapid, organic-only growth. In February 2019, Cinven acquired a majority stake in one.com, unlocking a new growth lever, and has backed one.com’s acquisitions of Digital Garden, SYSE and Cliche Hosting. Today, one.com Group has more than 1,000,000 customers and 1,500,000 subscriptions across multiple countries. one.com Group has more than 300 employees, a healthy, strong financial position and is fully geared to meeting the potentials and challenges of the future.

About Hostnet:

Hostnet’s mission is to help entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs realize their dreams and ambitions with the best online solutions. With over 20 years of experience, Hostnet has developed into one of the Netherlands’ largest hosting providers with an obsession for customer satisfaction. Hostnet manages 810,000 domain names and 85,000 websites for more than 210,000 customers. In addition to domain registration, web hosting and SaaS applications, Hostnet also offers its customers Managed Services and Virtual Private Servers (VPS). Hostnet is available 7 days a week to assist their customers.

For more information, please contact:

one.com
Rishabh Sethia
+44 (0)7808 480089

FTI Consulting
Peter Folland
+44 (0)787 099 2924