Host Europe provides web-hosting services to small and medium sized businesses.

Investment Year
2008
Sector
Web Hosting
Location
London UK
Fund
Fund I
Status
Realised

At the time of Fund I’s acquisition, the company operated two divisions in the UK – Webfusion, a market leader for domain registration and the second largest shared hosting provider; and Vialtus Solutions, a provider of connectivity and network solutions to SMEs and the mid-market. In addition, Host Europe operated a division in Germany, Host Europe GmbH, which is the German market leader in standardised managed hosting services.

Under Oakley’s ownership Host Europe divested the non-core Vialtus division to Daisy and also completed toe bolt-on acquistions. In October 2010, Host Europe was sold to Montagu Private Equity for an enterprise value of £222m realising a 2.4x return and a 48% IRR