$300m Fotolia Investment is EU’s Largest Internet LBO in 2012

NOAH Advisors has been working with Fotolia since early 2009 and introduced KKR to the deal opportunity

Deal Team

Oleg Tscheltzoff, Thibaud Elziere
TA Associates:
John Meeks, Timo Kienleo
Philipp Freise, Lucian Schonefelder, Vania Schlogel, Thijs van Remmen, Justin Lewis-Oakes, Valeria Rebulla
NOAH Advisors:
Marco Rodzynek, Jan Brandes, 
Yoram Wijngaarde

Overview of Fotolia

  • Fotolia is the leading European crowd-sourced market place for microstock images and video content
    where over 3 million members to buy and license micro-stock images
  • The Company was founded in October 2005 by Oleg Tscheltzoff and Thibaud Elziere. Management selffunded
    the company to become a major internet player, with market leading positions across Europe, and
    strong brand recognition (known as leader and creator of micro-stock in Europe)
  • Over 145,000 professional and amateur photographers license their images via Fotolia
  • With over 17 million digital images and videos to choose from, Fotolia offers one of the largest image
    databases of quality, for SMEs, individuals, graphical professionals, and corporates. Fotolia websites are
    operated in 15 countries in 11 languages (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Polish,
    Russian, Japanese, Turkish, and Korean)
  • High structural market growth, attractive B2B online marketplace characteristics, predictable revenue
    streams and strong Fotolia leadership position driven by best-in-class management team make Fotolia a
    highly attractive growth investment for KKR
  • The company has a global organization of about 80 employees, headquartered in New York

Transaction Summary

  • KKR is making a $150 million growth equity investment in Fotolia for a 50% stake. In addition, KKR, TA
    Associates and Management worked with KKR Capital Markets, who acted as sole arranger, HSBC, Lloyds,
    GE Capital, IKB and Mizuho to put in place a senior $150 million senior financing for the Company. KKR’s
    ability to raise this amount of debt in a challenging European financing market, clearly differentiated KKR
    in this transaction
  • Although Fotolia is not raising new funds as part of the deal, the new partners will help it to expand
    internationally, accelerate business development, and fund future acquisitions
  • Fotolia received is first growth investment from TA Associates in April 2009

NOAH Advisor’s Role

  • Fotolia has been a close relationship of NOAH Advisors for over 3 years
  • In April 2009, NOAH Advisors advised the Fotolia founders in their sale of a majority stake to TA Associates
  • NOAH had worked intensively with Fotolia and its shareholders on various strategic opportunities and
    introduced the deal to KKR, with whom NOAH has as long-standing institutional relationship
  • NOAH Advisors acted as exclusive M&A financial advisor to Fotolia and its shareholders, and facilitated a
    fast execution based on in-depth knowledge the company, and intelligence around the best potential
    investor candidates

Fotolia @ NOAH

This exclusive artwork has been specifically created for the celebration of this deal by Marco Bombach.
It was given as present to the Fotolia founder Oleg Tscheltzoff.

Acrylic on Boxed Canvas
Image size: 81 x 100cm

Please click the image to enlarge.