JP Weber advised Esthima Polska on the acquisition of 100% of shares in Kerberos in the Czech Republic
The transaction is a part of the French group's plan to accelerate its development in Poland, Czech Republic and neighbouring countries in order to create a strong and coherent Eastern European Zone. JP Weber is the exclusive M&A Partner of Esthima Polska in its construction.
Philippe Thomas, president of Veternity is delighted “Veternity’s purchase of the Kerberos crematorium in Prague is a very important step in the group's development in Europe. The Czech market, being mature, is a valuable asset for the company - both in terms of activity and know-how in the pet funeral industry. Our expansion, after 26 years of technical and methodological development in France, is part of a desire to offer families a reliable norm and economically accessible solutions at a particularly painful time when respect must prevail. The place of pets has evolved in our Western homes, they are members of the family and their death deserves a response that echoes the life spent together. It is this response that we have been developing with our veterinary DNA since our creation and that we want to continue to promote in Europe and North America. The acquisition of Kerberos Pet Crematory is a case in point."
Anna Winter, Director of Esthima Poland, Head of Development for Eastern Europe, adds: “The creation of the Eastern Europe zone within the Veternity group will facilitate synergy between the Czech and Polish markets, which we hope will increase the knowledge and thus the development of pet cremation services also in Poland. This strong presence of the Veternity group will facilitate the exchange of commercial and human experiences between our entities and will allow better communication to the general public about the existence of our services, namely the possibility of a last farewell thanks to a dignified, respectful and complete funeral, as pet owners would hope.”
Vit Volhejn, founder of Kerberos Pet Crematorium with his sons Jan and Petr, said : “It will be an acquisition of a family company that has an empathetic approach to customers with a foreign veterinary company that will provide capital for the company's development."
Piotr Kucharczyk, M&A Director at JP Weber, who together with Anna Lewicka, Business Analyst at JP Weber, successfully conducted the project said: "We are glad that we could work on such an interesting and at the same time niche project. According to analyses, the industry is currently experiencing a renaissance thanks to the growing public awareness of the possibility and obligation of companion animal cremation. Despite the relatively low number of players in this market in Central Eastern Europe, we managed to find not only a promising acquisition target, but also a family company with a long history, located in one of the most important agglomerations in the region - Prague."
JP Weber was responsible for the successful execution of the entire Kerberos acquisition process - from the creation of a strategic structure and identification of potential acquisition targets, through proper supervision of the process, valuation and negotiations, to support in the preparation of full transaction documentation and finalization of the purchase.