JCK is profiting from changes to textile trading and has been growing for many years, including through acquiring companies that expand its business segments in a sensible manner.
Key facts at a glance
- Successful expansion of the business outside of private label textile trading
- Well balanced customer base with B2B as well as B2C customers
- Growing market with little exposure to economic cycles
Revenues in €mn
As of 31 December 2022
JCK, based in Quakenbrück, Germany, evolved from a textile retail business that has been family-owned since its inception. Through organic and external growth, the company has developed to become one of the largest German textile trading companies. With its very successful private label business, JCK is a one-stop shop for large-scale retail companies. The group analyses the market, designs textiles, organises their production and ensures on-time delivery. In this business segment, which constitutes around half of its revenue, JCK is number one in Germany.
JCK has also established additional attractive business segments in recent years: after the acquisition of several companies, the group now generates 50 per cent of its revenue through merchandising articles and sports/outdoor clothing. The companies acquired use the JCK platform, allowing them to exploit economies of scale in procurement and distribution. In its new business segments, the JCK group relies heavily on the internet as its sales channel; for example, JCK has invested in 11teamsports, a fast-growing online shop selling football kits and accessories.
of JCK’s revenues are generated outside of private label business, in particular through merchandising, sports and outdoor articles and through an online shop selling football kits and accessories
Potential for development
The JCK group aims to further proceed down the path it has paved, continuing to grow organically and through acquisitions in the business segments that have already been established. Furthermore, attractive investment opportunities could allow for the entry into additional new business segments. In this regard, the focus of JCK will be on internet-based business models.
Paul Würth joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2018.
He has four years of experience in the private equity sector. He began his career at PwC in transaction consulting. Paul Würth holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Management from the University of Mannheim. He also studied at the University of Edinburgh and at the HEC Paris.