Dominion Web Solutions to be Acquired by Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and Eurazeo
Norfolk, VA—May 10, 2017
Dominion Web Solutions, the leading online classifieds marketplace and marketing software
solutions provider for commercial and recreational dealers, announced today that it has entered
into a definitive agreement to be acquired by West Street Capital Partners VII, a fund managed by
the Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division (“GS MBD”), and Eurazeo, a leading global
investment company listed in Paris.
The Dominion Web Solutions brand portfolio includes the business to consumer websites Cycle
Trader, RV Trader, ATV Trader, PWC Trader, Snowmobile Trader and Aero Trader, as well as the
business to business brands Commercial Truck Trader, Commercial Web Services, Equipment
Trader, and RV Web Services. Collectively these businesses attract over 7 million unique visitors
monthly and serve over 6,700 customers in their respective industries.
“Dominion Web Solutions is excited to join the GS MBD and Eurazeo family. With their experience
and long-term strategic vision, GS MBD and Eurazeo are ideal partners to help us enhance our
platform and accelerate our growth.” said Lori Stacy, president of Dominion Web Solutions. “Our
brands’ focus and dedication to finding innovative ways to bring buyers and sellers together are
never-ending. This change in ownership represents a new chapter and opportunity to accelerate
our growth and the services we provide to our customers across all of the industries we serve.”
“We were attracted to the innovative approach taken in their marketplaces and the team’s passion
for both their consumers and customers,” said Harsh Nanda, Managing Director of Goldman
“We are excited about partnering with the team to accelerate their growth, extend their market
leadership and foster new initiatives within the Dominion Web Solutions portfolio of brands”, said
Virginie Morgon, deputy CEO of Eurazeo and president and CEO of Eurazeo North America.
GS MBD and Eurazeo were advised by RBC Capital Markets. Dominion Enterprises was advised by
Evercore (M&A advisor).
The consummation of the sale, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to be
completed within 30 days of today’s announcement.
About Dominion Web Solutions
Dominion Web Solutions is the leading online classifieds marketplace and marketing software solutions provider to commercial and recreational dealers. Its mission of bringing buyers and sellers together remains the core of its businesses. DWS is committed to providing innovative products to ensure that customers generate leads, drive sales and maximize profits. Its B2C brands consist of Cycle Trader, RV Trader, ATV Trader, PWC Trader, Snowmobile Trader, and Aero Trader, producing over 7 million unique visitors monthly. Additionally, its industry leading B2B brands consist of Commercial Truck Trader, Commercial Web Services, Equipment Trader, RV Web Services and focus on supporting its dealers and manufacturers with driving impressive results as top of mind. Dominion Web Solutions has 10 businesses and approximately 300 employees with its home office located in Norfolk, VA.
With a diversified portfolio of approximately €6 billion in assets under management, of which €1 billion is from third parties, Eurazeo is one of the leading listed investment companies in Europe. Its purpose and mission is to identify, accelerate and enhance the transformation potential of the companies in which it invests. The Company covers most private equity segments through its four business divisions – Eurazeo Capital, Eurazeo Croissance, Eurazeo PME and Eurazeo Patrimoine. Its solid institutional and family shareholder base, robust financial structure free of structural debt, and flexible investment horizon enable Eurazeo to support its companies over the long term. Eurazeo is notably a shareholder in AccorHotels, ANF Immobilier, Asmodee, CIFA, Desigual, Elis, Europcar, Fintrax, Grape Hospitality, Les Petits Chaperons Rouges, Moncler, Neovia, Novacap, Sommet Education, and also SMEs such as Colisée,
Péters Surgical, and Flash Europe International, as well as start-ups such as Farfetch and Vestiaire Collective.
Headquartered in New York, Eurazeo’s North America office opened in September 2016 to identify, invest in and enable the growth of high potential U.S. mid-market companies in the consumer goods and business services sectors, as well as support the international development of Eurazeo’s portfolio companies. As a global long-term shareholder, the firm offers deep sector expertise, a gateway to global markets, and growth-oriented value creation to the companies it supports. The U.S. team, managed by Virginie Morgon, Deputy CEO of Eurazeo and President and CEO of Eurazeo North America, is comprised of six investment professionals and two senior advisors.
Eurazeo is listed on Euronext Paris.
ISIN: FR0000121121 – Bloomberg: RF FP – Reuters: EURA.PA
About GS MBD
Founded in 1869, the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm. Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division (GS MBD) is the primary center for the firm’s long-term principal investing activity. With nine offices across seven countries, GS MBD is one of the leading private capital investors in the world with equity and credit investments across corporate, real estate, and infrastructure strategies. Since 1986, the group has invested over $170 billion of leveraged capital across a number of geographies, industries and transaction types. Founded in 2016, West Street Capital Partners VII is its newest corporate equity fund.