Partners Group to invest in SBF Group, the leading sporting good

Press release

Baar-Zug, 13 November 2012

Partners Group to invest in SBF Group, the leading sporting goods retailer in

Partners Group, the global private markets investment manager, announces that
it has agreed to invest in SBF Group ("SBF") on behalf of its clients together
with its investment partner for this transaction, GP Investments. The
transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to
close by year end.

SBF is the undisputed leader in sporting goods retail in Brazil and operates
through both store-based and online channels. Founded in 1981 in the Minas
Gerais state, the company rapidly established its market leadership position
and now manages more than 200 stores throughout the country under the brands
Centauro, By Tennis, Nike Store and Almax. The founding entrepreneur will
retain a majority stake in the company and will remain as Chairman and CEO,
running the day-to-day activities together with SBF's first-class management

Gonzalo Fernández-Castro, responsible for Partners Group's private equity
investments in Latin America, comments "We are pleased to support SBF's team
in continuing its success story. We believe SBF is uniquely positioned to
benefit from the expanding middle classes in Brazil and from the upcoming
sporting events taking place in the country, including the 2014 FIFA World Cup
and the 2016 Summer Olympics."

About Partners Group

Partners Group is a global private markets investment management firm with
over EUR 27 billion in investment programs under management in private equity,
private real estate, private infrastructure and private debt. The firm manages
a broad range of customized portfolios for an international clientele of
institutional investors. Partners Group is headquartered in Zug, Switzerland
and has offices in San Francisco, New York, São Paulo, London, Guernsey,
Paris, Luxembourg, Munich, Dubai, Singapore, Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo and Sydney.
The firm employs over 600 people and is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange
(symbol: PGHN) with a market capitalization of over CHF 5 billion with a major
ownership by its Partners and all employees.

Investor relations contact

Philip Sauer

Phone: +41 41 784 66 60


Media relations contact

Dr. Anna Hollmann

Phone: +41 41 784 63 72


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