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Zando.co.za, South Africa's Largest Fashion E-Commerce Retailer, Receives Funding From Summit Partners

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, November 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Zando.co.za, South Africa's largest fashion e-commerce retailer, announced today an investment of €20 million by Summit Partners. The growth equity investor will take a stake in Zando.co.za through its German holding company.

Founded in 1984, Summit is a leader in growth equity and credit investing for fast-growing companies. Summit Partners has invested in more than 350 rapidly growing businesses across North America, Europe and Asia, and has raised nearly US$15 billion since inception. "We seek to invest in companies that build long-term value, and Zando.co.za has shown dynamic growth in a short period of time," said Scott Collins, a Managing Director and head of the Summit Partners London office.

"We are excited to be joined by an investor that shares our vision and belief in the huge potential for the South African market," said Manuel Koser (Managing Director and Co-founder). "With the ubiquitous convergence of technologies, feature phones, smartphones, tablets and desktops with dedicated connectivity, internet accessibility is maturing."  Internet penetration is forecasted to hit 20% in 2013 in South Africa as the number of experienced internet users increases.

Zando.co.za is ranked as one of the top five B2C e-commerce sites in South Africa. Launching with a footwear category on the 23 rd of January 2012, it now offers clothing, beauty and accessories. "Our current offering of over 400 brands and 10 000 products online, positions us as a leading fashion ecommerce website in South Africa," said Peter Allerstorfer (Managing Director and Co-founder).

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