20 June 2018

Fresks acquires Urban Strålin Byggvaror

Fresks continues to expand through the acquisition of Urban Strålin Byggvaror who operates four building material stores in Västra Götaland and Jönköping counties. Previous main owners, Kay and Leo Strålin, will reinvest a significant part of the proceeds from the transaction in Fresks Group. Kay Strålin will remain CEO of Urban Strålin Byggvaror post the transaction.

Urban Strålin founded the company about 40 years ago and for the past years the company has been run by his two sons, Kay and Leo, who has also been the main owners. The business includes four building material stores in Jönköping, Ulricehamn, Töreboda and Liared, the latter also functions as a logistics hub for all entities. Today, the company has about 40 employees and a turnover of approximately SEK 240 million.

After the acquisition Fresks Group will have a total of 31 stores with pro forma revenues of approximately SEK 2 billion and more than 500 employees.

The transaction requires approval from the competition authority.

For further information, please contact:

Leif Lindholm, +46 70 698 27 00, CEO Fresks Group

Fresks, founded in 1862 is a leading Swedish building material retail chain in Sweden focused on the professional segment. The company has 31 stores under various local brands whereof the majority is branded XL-BYGG. Fresks sells high quality building material with high degree of service primarily to small and mid-sized professional customers. For more information, please visit www.fresks.se