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Triton completes sale of COMPO EXPERT to XIO Group


Frankfurt/Münster (Germany), 26 May 2015 - Funds advised by Triton complete sale of COMPO's EXPERT division, one of the leading suppliers of specialty fertilizer products for professional applications, to XIO Group. Triton retains ownership of COMPO's consumer business unit, the European market leader in high-quality home and garden products. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

"Over the last four years, COMPO EXPERT has heavily invested in geographical expansion. It has also focused on the highest grade specialty fertilizers and plant growth enhancing products. As a result the company has substantially exceeded the average market growth. We would like to thank the management team and the employees for their valuable contributions to the company's development", said Peder Prahl, Director of the General Partner for the Triton funds.

Since the acquisition by Triton in 2011, COMPO's management has implemented a number of measures to strengthen the market position of the EXPERT division with the support of its owner. These include: expanding into new countries in Latin and South America, opening its own hub in Asia, and further developing the product portfolio.

About XIO Group

XIO Group is a global multi-billion dollar alternative investments firm with offices in London, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The company has a significant amount of committed capital in place for global transactions. The Group seeks to leverage its unique global network to provide growth for portfolio companies.

COMPO CONSUMER is one of the leading suppliers of branded goods for home and garden. Its product range includes fertilisers, plant protection products and high-quality potting soils. COMPO CONSUMER employs around 600 people worldwide and has production sites in Münster, Rain am Lech, Gnarrenburg and Uchte as well as two smaller sites in Italy and Northern France.

COMPO EXPERT offers a broad range of high-quality, innovative special fertilizers for professional users. Its product range encompasses innovative slow-release fertilizers, special mineral fertilizers, coated fertilizers, nutrient salts, liquid fertilizers, trace nutrients as well as soil improvers and plant care products. The company employs around 500 people worldwide.

About Triton

About Triton
The Triton funds invest in and support the positive development of medium-sized businesses headquartered in Northern Europe - with a focus on Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the four Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Within this European region, Triton focuses on businesses in the Industrial, Business Services, and Consumer/Health sectors.

Triton seeks to contribute to the building of better businesses for the longer term. As agents of positive change it works towards sustainable operational improvements and growth. The 28 companies currently in Triton's portfolio have combined sales around €13.5 billion and more than 58,500 employees. The Triton funds are advised by its head adviser Triton Advisers Ltd and sub-advisers with dedicated teams of investment professionals in United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Luxembourg, Jersey and China.

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