Meridia Private Equity has acquired a significant minority stake in Futbol Emotion, a leading Spanish multi-channel specialist retailer of football equipment.
Founded by the former professional goalkeeper Javier Sánchez Broto in 2001 and headquartered in Zaragoza (Spain), Futbol Emotion offers a comprehensive high-end specialized product portfolio of football equipment through its website (www.futbolemotion.com) and its network of 18 stores located throughout Spain.
Thanks to its outstanding reputation among st customers and its content - led proposition, Futbol Emotion is the leading online retailer within its segment in Spain . Furthermore, the Company generates sales in over 50 countries around the world ( Portugal, France, Italy, Mexico and USA mainly ) .
Alongside with Javier Sánchez Broto and the rest of Futbol Emotion’s management team, Meridia Private Equity envisages to support and accelerate the Company’s growth plans , both online and in terms of its store roll out programme.
Javier Sánchez Broto , Founder of Futbol Emotion , stated : “ We have worked hard in the se past years to grow Futbol Emotion from a small specialized store in Zaragoza to a prominent player within its segment , both nationally and abroad . Going forward, we aim to continue exceeding our development targets by teaming up with Meridia Capital , a n ideal partner which b rings extensive experience in the retail sector and a strong focus on sustainable growth”
David Torralba, Partner Private Equity at Meridia Capital , commented : “ Futbol Emotion ’s business model and impressive growth track record fit perfectly with Meridia P rivate E quity ’s investment criteria . We believe that the Company’s hybrid model represents an edge from which to continue penetrating a very attractive and resilient niche market, both nationally and internati o nally. We look forward to playing an active r ole in this new stage in Futbol Emotion’s dev elo p ment by partnering up with Javier and his team ”
Meridia Capital’s Founding Partner & CEO, Javier Faus , said : “ Futbol Emotion , as Meridia Private Equity’s third transaction , consolidates our presence within the Spanish middle market Private Equity segment as an attractive alternative for entrepreneurs looking to partner up and materialize growth opportunities .”
About Futbol Emotion
Founded in 2001 with the opening of a store specialized in goalkeeper equipment in Zaragoza ( Spain ), today Futbol Emotion stands as a multi - channel specialist retailer of football equipment with online sales in over 50 countries around the world and a network of 1 8 stores in Spain. Futbol Emotion i s headquartered in Zaragoza and currently has over c. 100 employees . For more information please visit: www.futbolemotion.com
About Meridia Capital
Meridia Capital Partners SGEIC, S.A. is an independent investment group with assets under management of c. €1 billion (including debt) . Over the past years it has become one of the main regulated alternative investment firms in Spain.
Throughout its history, Meridia Capital has achieved above average returns. With an LP base mostly institutional, t he firm has grown to become a successful multi - sector and multi - fund investment company. Through its vehicles Meridia I, II and III, it boasts extensive experience in the real estate industry.
In 2016 Meridia Capital launched Meridia Private Equity I, a € 1 0 0 m private equity fund that targets companies headquartered in Spain. The vehicle intends to help management teams achieve the next level of growth through international expansion, operational optimization or market consolidation.
Futbol Emotion represents Meridia Private Equity I’s th ird investment. Previous investments include : (i) Sosa Ingredients, a leading producer and distributor of technical food ingredients for the gastronomy segment; a nd (ii) Grupo Andilana, a leading premium casual dining restaurant chain and hotel operator in Spain.