Axel Springer Digital Classifieds to acquire local portal

Axel Springer Digital Classifieds, a strategic partnership between Axel Springer and the global growth investor General Atlantic founded in the spring of 2012, is to acquire AG, which operates Germany’s leading local portal The company is being sold by the founding Stegger family (56.1 percent) and by Holtzbrinck Digital Strategy (43.9 percent).

Founded in 1996, the Siegburg-based company currently employs a staff of about 300 people. Its most important asset is the local portal, which attracts more than 8 million unique monthly users (AGOF). Users turn to for a variety of local and regional content, including job and apprenticeship offers, real estate and automotive ads and general classifieds for some 11,337 German cities and towns, at the present time. The regionally specific portal sites also offer city information and leisure time recommendations, as well as local news, information on events, movie schedules, and a business directory.

Dr. Jens Müffelmann, Head of the Electronic Media Division at Axel Springer AG: “ offers sustained profitable growth, a very wide reach and strong brand familiarity, as well as tremendous growth prospects, due to its focus on regional and local content. As a leader among regional portals, moreover, makes an excellent fit with our portfolio of national classified marketplaces.”

Following the acquisition, the founder and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Manfred Stegger, 61, will leave the company. Georg Konjovic, 34, will succeed him by January 1, 2013, at the latest. Appointed Director Premium Content at Axel Springer AG since January 1, 2011, he also served as the Managing Director of, the official city portal of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, from 2007 to 2010. Peter Bettin, 50, Chief Operating Officer of, will continue as a Management Board member.

The transaction is still pending, subject to the approval of the cartel authorities.

Germany, Siegburg

%d bloggers like this: