Lifco buys manufacturer of pallet strapping systems

07.2019: Lifco Group has signed an agreement to acquire the majority of the German company ErgoPack Deutschland GmbH. The company is the leading manufacturer of ergonomic and mobile pallet strapping systems that are used in many different industries globally. In 2018, the acquired operation reported net sales of approximately 22 MEUR. The business is based in Lauingen, Germany and employs around 85 people. The operation will be consolidated in Business Area Systems Solutions, division Environmental Technology.The acquisition is subject to anti-trust clearance from German authorities. Please visit www.ergopack.de for more information.

Injection moulding company gets investor on board

07.2019: In order to support further expansion of the business, funds advised by Steadfast Capital acquired a majority stake in BUK Group (BUK). The transaction comprises BUK Kunststofftechnik GmbH and EMG GmbH, both based in Eppingen (Baden-Württemberg), UHB Kunststofftechnik GmbH, based in Bohmte (Lower Saxony), as well as the toolmaking department of the group. BUK is a manufacturer of high precision and complex injection moulding parts for customers in diverse sectors. The manufactured parts are used, amongst others, in hand tools, water fittings, as well as household and electrical appliances. In addition to the parts department, BUK maintains its own toolmaking department and offers its customers extensive installation services. Together with Thorsten Ulbrich, who continues to hold a significant stake in the group, Steadfast Capital will pursue BUK’s further expansion as well as supporting the ongoing strategic development of the company and its employees.

Interior outfitter of megayachts sold to French player

04.2019: A fund advised by AFINUM Management GmbH has exited Sinnex to French Groupe Mériguet, a leading provider of renovation services for high end private residences and historic buildings. Sinnex is a highly-specialized interior outfitting company serving the megayacht industry across Europe. The company also builds high end interior for private residences and aircraft. AFINUM acquired the majority of the company from the founders in 2010 and organized their succession. The company more than doubled its total output in recent years. Today, Sinnex belongs to the top group of general contractors in this industry. Within Groupe Mériguet, Sinnex shall leverage on its competencies and contribute to the residential projects of Mériguet. For this purpose, Sinnex runs a factory in Griffen/Austria and engages a broad subcontractor network particularly in Southeast Europe.

Maker of lorry semitrailers finds investor

03.2019: In order to support further expansion of the business, a fund of Steadfast Capital has acquired a stake in Kempf Group (KEMPF) in February 2019. The transaction comprises Kempf Holding, based in Bad Marienberg (Western Germany) with a further production plant in Kowary, Poland), and Kempf Reparatur, based in Nisterau (Western Germany).

KEMPF is a leading manufacturer of customised lorry semi-trailers with tilt mechanisms. Kempf trailers are used for special applications in the areas of construction, agriculture and special logistics and are known in the market for their quality. Steadfast Capital’s acquisition represents the next step in KEMPF’s corporate succession as part of which the next generation of the family has taken a leading role as a manager and shareholder of the company. Together with KEMPF’s management Steadfast Capital will support the firm’s international expansion as well as the ongoing strategic development of the company and its workforce.

School outfitter realizes succession solution

02.2019: Financial investor Halder has completed an MBO of Conen Group (Morbach/Germany). The investment provides a succession solution for the founder’s family which had established the company in 1965.

Conen specializes in outfitting educational institutions like schools and nursery schools in Western Europe, the Middle East and the US. Technical products for interactive learning form an important segment of its business, e. g. height-adjustable display mounts which are increasingly used for teaching. In addition, the company offers a broad range of furniture products for school and pre-school facilities in its German core market and neighbouring countries, sold to more than 1,000 longterm clients.

With inhouse product development and manufacturing, Conen has a deep value chain. In addition, it provides high product availability and customization. Internal logistics cover fast delivery and on-site installation in Germany and cross-border. In 2018, the company achieved € 37 million in turnover and had a staff of 225.

Conen’s international business perspective is driven by an increasing digitalization of global education, resulting in double-digit growth rates for interactive displays. The company plans for closer co-operation with display manufacturers in the US und the Middle East. As government spending for Germany’s pre-school and school sectors is set to increase significantly over the next years, the home market also provides a favorable outlook.

Shell acquires manufacturer of energy storage systems

Engie acquires provider of ventilation, ac and cooling tec

02.2019: Funds advised by Equistone Partners Europe („Equistone“) have agreed the sale of a majority stake in OTTO Luft- und Klimatechnik GmbH & Co. KG („OTTO“) to Engie Deutschland GmbH („Engie“), one of the leading companies for technical building services, facilities management, industrial refrigeration technology and energy services in Germany. OTTO, a leading specialist provider of ventilation and air-conditioning solutions, cooling technology and building automation, was acquired in May 2014 by Equistone. The financial terms of the transaction are undisclosed and completion of the sale remains subject to the approval of the relevant competition authorities.

OTTO was founded in 1967 and has established itself as the market leader in Germany in its space. In addition to its headquarters in Bad Berleburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, the company operates a further 11 locations across Germany. OTTO furnishes shopping centres, hospitals, office buildings, industrial production lines and pharmaceutical laboratories with its ventilation and air-conditioning systems and technical solutions and services clients from industry, trade, commerce and the public sector. Alongside design and implementation, OTTO’s service portfolio also comprises customised services as well as upkeep and installation. As of 2018, the company generates annual revenues of approximately €120 million and employs 700 people, including a high proportion of technical and assembly staff.

Equistone acquired its majority shareholding in the family-owned business in 2014, with Hartmut Otto Jr. remaining invested in the business as son of the founder. As a reliable partner with access to capital, Equistone worked with management to successfully extend the company’s growth trajectory during its investment period. The business strengthened its presence through the opening of multiple new locations in Germany. In addition, OTTO achieved convincing organic growth, increasing revenues and output by more than 50% and doubling employee count in a technical skills-based market, whilst still retaining the Mittelstand company culture characterised by responsibility to and trust between colleagues and customers.

IT security specialist sold to Harald Quandt Holding

01.2019: Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen GmbH has completed the acquisition of a majority stake in procilon GROUP (“procilon”). procilon offers its customers comprehensive software solutions for the secure digital communication, identification, and storage of sensitive information. Proprietary cryptographic software applications thereby form the core of procilon’s portfolio.

Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Leipzig with subsidiaries in Berlin and Dortmund, procilon GROUP advises its clients on all matters relating to information security and data protection. The company is a leading full-service provider of cryptographic software and offers a modular product portfolio for the secure digital communication, identification and storage of data. More than 1,400 companies, organisations and authorities currently trust the solutions of
procilon as a reliable provider of ‘IT security made in Germany’ that meets the highest certified security standards. For more information: www.procilon.de.

Maker of high-pressure water jetting systems sold

01.2019: Investor Lampe Privatinvest has sold von Oertzen GmbH (Germany), a leading solution provider of high-pressure water jetting systems for industrial customers, to Hako (Germany), a subsidiary of the Possehl Group. With an annual turnover of more than 430 million euros and around 2,000 employees worldwide, Hako GmbH from Bad Oldesloe is one of the world’s leading groups of companies in cleaning and municipal technology and the management company of the corresponding division of the Possehl Group. This globally active group is based in Lübeck and diversified with currently nine independent, decentral organized business units. With more than 180 subsidiaries in over 30 countries, the Possehl Group achieved sales of 3.8 billion euros in 2017.

von Oertzen GmbH offers a broad product portfolio tailored to the individual requirements of its customers, which includes high-pressure cleaners, equipment for high-pressure fire extinguishing technology and special solutions for the cleaning of machines, assembly lines and containers in potentially explosive atmospheres. Most recently, the company from Ammersbek (Schleswig-Holstein), which was founded over 60 years ago, achieved annual sales of around EUR 11 million with 65 employees. The company is to remain independent within the Hako Group as a specialist supplier.

LED flashlights and headlamps maker sold

12.2018: Investors AFINUM an INVISION acquire a majority stake in Ledlenser GmbH & Co. KG, Germany, a leading manufacturer of LED flashlights and headlamps. Headquartered in Solingen/Germany and with a production site in Yanjiang (China), Ledlenser (www.ledlenser.com) counts among the worldwide leading manufacturers of high-quality flashlights and headlamps for professional, outdoor and everyday applications. The company was founded in 1994 and is known as the inventor of the LED flashlight. Products are characterized by a high level of innovation, superior quality and an appealing design. The company’s extensive know-how is secured by a strong research and development department and over 100 patents. Among others, end customers include corporates, public organizations – such as police or fire fighters – as well as outdoor enthusiasts. The company holds a strong market position in numerous countries throughout Europe and Asia. Together with the management team, AFINUM and INVISION plan to further drive the internationalization of the company in course of the next years. Moreover, by continuous product innovations, new customers shall be acquired across the different end markets.