Amplifon completes the acquisition of Spanish GAES



Amplifon announced on December 18 the completion, after the receipt of the unconditional clearance from the Spanish and Portuguese antitrust authorities, of the previously announced acquisition of GAES for a total purchase price of around Euro 530 million.

GAES is the largest privately-owned specialty hearing care retailer worldwide, with a leadership positioning in the core and highly attractive Spanish market as well as a presence in Portugal and in different Latin American countries. GAES operates a network of around 600 points of sale, of which around 500 are in Spain.

According to the press release the completion of GAES acquisition marks the launch of an even stronger Amplifon Group with extraordinary potential. The integration of GAES will further consolidate Amplifon’s global leadership in the hearing care retail market, will enable Amplifon to become the market leader in Spain and will generate significant synergies in the next years.

In 2017 GAES Group posted revenues of around Euro 210 million and an adjusted EBITDA of around Euro 30 million2. The deal is expected to result in run-rate annual synergies at EBITDA level of Euro 20 million by 2021, leveraging best brands, greater scale and best practices sharing. An update on Amplifon’s 2020 financial ambitions and more details on the financial impact of the transaction and on GAES’ integration process (synergies, one-off integration costs and annual acquisition related amortization for the purchase price accounting), will be provided in the first months of 2019.

Commenting on the acquisition, Enrico Vita, Chief Executive Officer of Amplifon, said, “The acquisition of GAES marks a key milestone in our history, making our Group much stronger going forward. The combination with GAES’ business, leveraging best brands, greater scale and best practices will create tremendous new opportunities to drive growth and deliver significant shareholder value. Our early integration planning efforts give us strong confidence for success. We are therefore pleased to welcome our new colleagues from GAES and we are convinced that our shared vision around the importance of service and utmost attention to customers will facilitate a smooth integration. We are really excited to begin this new important chapter in our history.”

Source: Amplifon