Quattrex Sports AG Debuts Soccer-Focused UCITS Fund

Sep 9 2016 | 9:54pm ET

German alternative investment boutique Quattrex Sports has unveiled a new UCITS-compliant fund that will allow both retail and institutional investors to invest into professional soccer teams.

The new vehicle, named the Quattrex SCA fund, is domiciled in Luxembourg and is structured as SICAV-FIS, according to an article in Citywire. The company has reportedly teamed with a range of Luxembourg service providers for the launch, including private fund administration specialist EFA, auditor EY Luxembourg and third-party management firm Fuchs Asset Management. 

Quattrex, which has provided interim financing to soccer clubs for more than a decade, expects the new fund will be the first of a range of sub-funds aimed at investing into European soccer clubs. Initially, its focus will be on clubs in the first three tiers of Germany’s Bundesliga, but can also include European clubs generally. Investors gain non-voting equity rights, while the clubs receive mezzanine capital for expansion. 

Quattrex hopes to generate returns comprised of two elements: a fixed return of 6-7% per year and a variable one linked to the performance of the club and the media, ticket, sponsor and merchandise revenue it generates. Using this business model, Quattrex has generated double-digit returns per year since 2005, according to an article in Funds Europe that cited EFA.

“This sophisticated structure, in combination with a dynamic growing soccer market enables investors high security standards and sustainable return on investment,” said Tobias Schlauch, managing director and co-founder of Quattrex-Sports AG, in the Funds Europe article.

Headquartered in Stuttgart, Quattrex Sports AG is a portfolio company of German boutique private equity firm CAW Dietrich.

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