Europe’s leading online optician strengthens market position: Mister Spex receives 40 Million USD
- 08. Jan. 2015
Europe’s leading online optician Mister Spex concludes its largest financing to date raising 40 Million USD in a round led by US investment bank Goldman Sachs with participation from existing investors including Scottish Equity Partners (SEP), XAnge and DN Capital. Funds will be used to support the Company’s domestic and international growth plans.
“The current round of financing is the best confirmation of our consistent and successful pioneering work in a highly attractive market,” says Dirk Graber, CEO and founder of Mister Spex. “With Goldman Sachs, we have found a world class investor who shares our vision for the Company and is the ideal partner to further advance our domestic and international expansion.”
“We have been impressed by the achievements of Mister Spex. The Company’s innovative business model, strong organic growth, and high-quality management team position it well for future success. We hope to assist the company to achieve its ambitions and create value for its customers and shareholders,” says Andrew Wolff, Managing Director and Head of Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division (“MBD”) for Europe, Middle East, Africa and co-Head of Asia. As part of the funding round, David Reis, Executive Director and Head of Technology Investments at Goldman Sachs MBD in Europe, will join the Advisory Board of Mister Spex.
The funds will be invested to further cement the market leadership of Mister Spex in Europe. “We also want to use the money to strengthen our logistics proposition and broaden our stationary opticians partner network,” said Dirk Graber.
Mister Spex has grown rapidly since its founding in 2007 and has established itself as the European online eyewear market leader. Dr. Mirko Caspar, co-managing director of Mister Spex stated: “The combination of Europe’s largest range of immediately available eyewear at fair prices, an appealing online shop, and an exceptional all-round service package define the success of Mister Spex. We will now build on our proven business model to further advance the online shopping experience for eyewear internationally.“
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About Mister Spex:
Mister Spex GmbH is Europe’s leading online optician. Through its website, the Berlin-based company offers, alongside contact lenses, the most comprehensive range of directly available designer glasses and sunglasses in Europe, all at attractive prices. In addition to transparent pricing and cost savings for complete prescription glasses, customers benefit from free services such as eye tests and glasses adjustments, as Mister Spex already works in partnership with more than 500 local opticians in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden. The Mister Spex service team is made up of qualified opticians providing customer advice by telephone or e-mail. The company has its own edging and mounting lab in Berlin, where the final production and quality control of the glasses takes place. The good quality of the glasses was confirmed in December 2014 by the German consumer research and advice foundation Stiftung Warentest, which named Mister Spex one of the best tested opticians (test 1/2015, p. 86 ff.).
Mister Spex is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2018. Throughout Europe the company counts more than 3 million customers. Mister Spex currently employs over 450 staff and has been an apprenticeship company since 2015. The company operates its own websites in Germany, France, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Great Britain and took over the Swedish online eyewear shop Lensstore, which now operates as Mister Spex in Norway, Finland and Sweden, as well as the Norwegian contact lens retailer Lensit in January 2015. In February 2016 Mister Spex opened its first store in Berlin and was honored with the Red Dot Award for its innovative store concept in the same year. By now there are in total 14 Mister Spex stores. Besides the first one in the German capital, there are additional ones in Berlin, Oberhausen, Bremen, Bochum, Dortmund, Main Taunus shopping center near Frankfurt, Erfurt, Essen, Münster, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne and Hannover. In 2017 Mister Spex also received the iF Design Award and the POPAI D-A-CH Award for its store design.
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