Polish Enterprise Fund VIII, a private equity fund managed by Enterprise Investors, is poised to back Renters.pl, the second largest short-term rental manager in Poland.
- PEF VIII will invest up to EUR 19 million in the company’s growth;
- The fund will acquire up to 80% of shares in pl through this investment;
- The transaction is conditional upon obtaining antimonopoly approval.
Renters.pl was founded in 2018 by two couples, Marta and Kamil Krzyżanowski and Aniela and Sebastian Hejnowski. The company started off as an operator of 15 holiday apartments in Świnoujście, north-west Poland. Within just a few years, it has become one of the largest players in this market and the country’s fastest-growing short-term rental property manager. In 2019 Renters.pl acquired Little Home, a company owned by Wojciech Maniecki, and it now operates over 2,000 rental apartments. Enterprise Investors will buy both the Hejnowskis’ and Wojciech Maniecki’s stakes, as well as shares owned by bValue fund, while retaining the current CEO Kamil Krzyżanowski at the helm. The funds raised in the transaction will be deployed for further growth and acquisitions.
Renters.pl operates in the very attractive and fast-growing short-term rental management market. It has a highly scalable and cash-generative business model that benefits from the organization’s growing size. The company’s customers are private and institutional property owners seeking comprehensive short-term property management and high rates of return on their investment. In addition to marketing and demand generation, Renters.pl offers homeowners dynamic pricing, management of both bookings and guests, cleaning, maintenance, interior design and professional photo services. The company employs over 110 people and in 2022 generated gross bookings value of nearly EUR 27 million.
“Having recorded growth during the pandemic, Renters.pl has demonstrated it can successfully scale up its property portfolio even under the most challenging conditions. The Polish market is still very fragmented, so for businesses operating in this segment to remain competitive they have to employ increasingly complex technology and have the appropriate resources as well as funding to maintain high-quality services. This creates natural entry barriers for newcomers and a good environment for consolidation,” said Enterprise Investors partner Dariusz Prończuk, who is in charge of this investment. “Renters.pl is an excellent platform for consolidating this sector both in Poland and across the region,” he added.
”The management team has the market expertise and drive needed to continue building Renters.pl’s property portfolio and to pursue consolidation projects. We are proud that the Enterprise Investors team recognized our experience and further growth potential. Our plan is to become the largest short-term rental manager in Poland and, when the time is right, we may even look for expansion opportunities further afield,” said Kamil Krzyżanowski, co-founder and CEO of Renters.pl.