MP Corporate Finance acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Schur Flexibles Group in the acquisition of a majority holding in Drukkerij Zwart, one of the leading Dutch companies in the flexible packaging sector.
The Schur Flexibles Group with 13 plants and its headquarter in Baden near Vienna and around 1,350 employees has specialised in innovative, high quality and made-to-measure high-barrier packaging solutions for the food, tobacco and pharmaceutical industries.
The acquisition of Zwart marks the first acquisition under the new owner, Lindsay Goldberg, initiating a new phase of growth.
Drukkerij Zwart B.V. supplies international customers in the tea, coffee and confectionary sectors and is increasingly represented on European as well as on international markets. Alongside the very modern and efficient main plant in Amersfoort in the Netherlands, the company also operates a production location in St. Petersburg in Russia. The current management will remain in place and continues to be co-owner of Zwart.
MP Corporate Finance (MPCF) has been retained by Schur Flexibles Group as financial advisor supporting the buy&build approach since 2011. In the context of the contemplated transaction, the project team of MPCF acted as overall project lead. Following the identification of the company, the initial approach of its owners, the valuation and drafting of the offer documentation, MPCF coordinated the due diligence team streamlining information flow towards a focused negotiation phase. MP Corporate Finance led the commercial negotiations in close cooperation with the principals and lawyers towards a mutual signing.
With the acquisition of Zwart, the Group has supplemented its portfolio by a true specialist in packaging production for smaller order sizes and further complemented its high-end product portfolio for well selected niche markets
Closing of the transaction is subject to approvals by competition authorities in certain countries and other customary closing conditions.
MP Corporate Finance acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Pharmavize’s owners, in the sale of a majority stake in Pharmavize NV, a Belgium-based pharmaceutical CDMO, to Mentha Capital, a Dutch financial investor, in order to pursue a Buy-&-Build strategy.
As part of its efforts to further concentrate on its growth as high-quality provider of contract development and manufacturing as well as regulatory services to the pharmaceutical industry, Pharmavize’s shareholders agreed to sell a majority to Dutch private equity firm Mentha Capital.
Pharmavize provides the highest possible standard of CMC development services to a broad customer base from emerging bio-tech to tier-one pharmaceutical companies. Pharmavize is a contractor specialized in the development and manufacturing of early phase clinical studies and is operating a well-respected regulatory & compliance consultancy department. The company is serving a broad customer base from emerging bio-tech to tier-one pharmaceutical companies from all over the world, including Europe, the United States and Japan.
The participation of Mentha Capital adds to Pharmavize a strong and entrepreneurial partner to successfully further develop and internationalize the business and support Pharmavize on its growth path through a structured Buy-&-Build strategy.
MP Corporate Finance acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Neways Electronics International NV, a Dutch stock-market listed EMS provider, in the acquisition of German BuS Group.
Neways is an Eindhoven-based EMS provider with operating subsidiaries in the Netherlands, Germany, Slovakia and China.
BuS Group, headquartered in Riesa, Lower Saxony in Germany, ranks among the top players in the German EMS market. With operations in Riesa, Erfurt (both Germany) and Decin (Czech Republic).
In an effort to strengthen its presence in Germany, Europe’s single biggest and most important EMS market, Neways was presented with an ideal partner in BuS Group. Together with our client, MP Corporate Finance identified synergies in customer portfolios and service offerings as well as in sourcing and sales activities between the two companies.
The transaction was financed by a mix of debt, equity and hybrid-capital instruments, including the issuance of approx. 1 million new shares in Neways as part of the purchase price consideration. Existing debt facilities of Neways were extended by € 20 million and complemented by a € 20 million subordinated convertible bond.
Through the transaction, the combined operations of Neways & BuS reshaped the European EMS landscape, pushing the new Neways Group to 5th position by revenues in Europe.
MP Corporate Finance acted as the exclusive financial advisor to the owner in the sale of the Dutch printed circuit board specialist Ramaer to elco, an Italy-based PCB producer backed by financial investor Fondo Italiano d'Investimento.
Ramaer is a leading producer of highly sophisticated Printed Circuit Boards (PCB) for the most demanding applications. Based in Helmond (NL) the company supplies double-sided and multilayer PCBs, flex and flex-rigid PCBs as well as high-density interconnect PCBs to the medical, industrial and avionics segment.
Headquartered in Rome (IT), elco is an international leader in PCB production with a focus on aerspacace & defense, industrial electronics, telecommunications and medical devices. With more than 40 years of manufacturing experience the company operates plants in Italy, France, Spain and China.
The transaction facilitates the realization of significant operating synergies based on increased regional market coverage, an enlarged product and service offering as well as transfer of production know-how and technological capabilities. Ramaer will continue to be an independent company within the elco Group and operations remain in the hands of the management team.
MP Corporate Finance acted as exclusive financial advisor to KEBA AG, a provider of industrial automation solutions, in the acquisition of Delem bv, a manufacturer of machine controls for the metal processing industries.
DELEM is a leading player in the automation of sheet metal processing machines. KEBA thereby strengthens its position in the automation field and broadens its portfolio of catered industry sectors. MPCF advised KEBA in a structured acquisition process, spanning from the definition of the acquisition strategy through the management of the transaction process until closing.
DELEM B.V., founded in 1976 as Van Doorne’s Electronica voor Machinebouw, is the technological leader in the sheet metal machinery automation segment. As global player, the company has an excellent market position especially in Asia and is highly successful due to a superior business model. Gerhard Luftensteiner, CEO of KEBA AG CEO highlights:
“We are delighted to have acquired DELEM, as it is a company that possesses extensive experience and excellent know-how in press brake automation and supplies outstanding solutions which are relied upon by leading machine manufacturers around the world.”
DELEM’s founders handed over the operations to an experienced management team some years ago, and now subsequently exit as shareholders to KEBA, as new partner fostering the future development of the company. Within the KEBA Group, DELEM will continue to be an independent entity and operations will remain in the hands of the management team. Eddie Draaisma, the DELEM CEO, expresses:
“We are extremely pleased to have KEBA as new owner, as we know that we share a common philosophy of innovation and closeness to the customer. This means that DELEM’s further development can be actively pursued.”
As Gerhard Luftensteiner, the KEBA CEO explains: “As a consequence of the DELEM takeover, KEBA’s industrial automation business area, currently covering the plastics, robotics, packaging and mobile operation/ HMI (Human Machine Interface) segments will grow to include sheet metal working and thereby considerably strengthen our market position. KEBA is thus continuing its systematic internationalization process, involving both expansion and the foundation of new subsidiaries.”About KEBA: KEBA is an internationally successful company with a focus on industrial, banking and services, and energy automation. With its branches in Europe, the USA and Asia, KEBA projects generating sales of around EUR 145 million for the current business year ending March 31, 2013.
MP Corporate Finance acted as exclusive financial advisor to Dutch NPM Capital and the minority shareholders in the sale of Dutch Plasticum Group, a manufacturer of functional plastic caps and closures, to US financial investor Lindsay Goldberg.
Plasticum, as a leading European manufacturer of functional injection moulded packaging solutions, produces innovative Caps and dispensing Closures for the Personal Care, Food and Home Care markets in four manufacturing facilities in Tilburg (NL), Ede (NL), Waldkirch (D) and North Walsham (UK). The company’s customers are renowned manufacturers of international brands and private labels. Plasticum generated a turnover of € 61 million in 2011 with approximately 300 employees and is currently mainly active in Europe. Leveraged upon the current business model and based on cost-effective and sustainable packaging solutions management plans a strong international expansion with the support of the new owner.
Lindsay Goldberg LLC is a US private equity firm with over USD 10 billion of equity capital under management supporting high-growth middle market companies with expert advice and considerable financial resources, especially to realize growth potential. The firm concentrates on a value-oriented and sustainable development of its portfolio: this is also reflected in the statutes of the Lindsay-Goldberg-Funds, which allow for a holding period of 20 years. Lindsay Goldberg is currently investing out of its USD 4.7 billion fund, which was launched in May 2009.
MP Corporate Finance acted as the exclusive financial advisor to the owners of Wiener Kühlhaus WKF GmbH, the leading public cold store in Austria, in the sale of the shares to DZ Private Equity.
As part of B & C Industrieholding and Prologis European Developements B.V’s strategy of focusing on their core segments and finding a committed successor in further achieving a sustainably positive development of Wiener Kühlhaus WKF, MP Corporate Finance has conducted a discreet transaction process providing an optimal succession solution for all transaction-related parties.
DZ Equity Partner GmbH is the investment company of DZ BANK AG, a central financial institution of the cooperative banking group. DZ Equity Partner ranks among the leading financiers of equity capital in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The distinguishing feature of DZ Equity Partner is its long-term investment horizon, and the willingness to also acquire minority stakes in medium-sized family-owned companies. Currently, DZ Equity Partner’s portfolio consists of 63 investments, which have been financed by DZ Equity Partner’s own funds as well as fund assets amounting EUR 450 million.
Prologis European Developments B.V. is a Netherlands-based subsidiary of Prologis, Inc., which engages in European real estate operation and development. Prologis Inc. is the leading global provider of industrial real estate, offering customers more than 55.7 million m2 in markets across the Americas, Europe and Asia. Since merging with AMB Property Corp. on June 3, 2011, Prologis, Inc. now manages combined total assets valued at more than USD 48 billion.
B & C Industrieholding, the management holding and wholly owned subsidiary of B & C Privatstiftung, is one of the largest investment companies in Austria. It focuses on pursuing the foundation’s mission to “foster Austrian entrepreneurship”, its key tasks include securing and promoting the continuity and growth of major Austrian companies by acting as a core shareholder, as well as investing free dividend income in new investments, where B&C aims at becoming a core shareholder. The investments held by the B & C Industrieholding is made up of the three core investments Lenzing, Semperit and Porr, as well as several other smaller investments in the services sector. In 2010, the B & C Industrieholding employed an annual total average of around 13,460 employees in 97 fully consolidated companies spread across three continents and 16 countries, generating sales of around EUR 5.3 billion. Wiener Kühlhaus WKF Ges.m.b.H., which was founded in 1978, is one of the largest cold stores in Austria, with a storage capacity of more than 150.000m³ equivalent to approximately 41.000 pallets. The storage activities of WKF are perfectly rounded off by additional service offers as for example handling, commissioning and transport & distribution management of stored goods. The second business pillar is the collection and pre processing of slaughter by products for the pet food industry.
MP Corporate Finance acted as the exclusive advisor to Kendrion N.V. in the acquisition of German Magneta GmbH & Co KG, a manufacturer of electromagentic clutches and brakes.
As part of the long-term strategy of strengthening the existing activities of the industrial propulsion technology unit, Kendrion N.V. acquired 100% of magneta GmbH & Co. KG. magneta constitutes an important extension to the business unit in the areas of engineering, know-how, product range and an extension to the customer base. Furthermore, both companies profit from the synergy effects, such as the joint use of existing sales channels and the exchange of product knowledge and technical know-how.
Kendrion N.V., which is listed on the Amsterdam stock exchange, develops, produces and sells electromagnetic components for industrial and automobile applications. Kendrion electromagnets are used across the world in products such as lifts, door locks, industrial robots, medical equipment, electrical control boxes, diesel engines, air conditioning and engine cooling.
Magneta GmbH & Co. KG with offices in Aerzen, Germany, is a company specialising in the production of electromagnetic brakes and clutches, whose products are used, among others, in cash machines, industrial applications and in the automobile industry.
MP Corporate Finance acted as the exclusive advisor to Wuppermann AG in the acquisition of H+B Fertigungstechnik GmbH, a producer of sheet metal structures for the commercial vehicle market.
H&B Fertigungstechnik GmbH has been producing welding assembly groups, components and parts since 2000 (made of general construction steel, special steel and aluminium) for use in the commercial vehicles industry, materials handling and hoisting technology, as well as custom builds, appliances and special series for mechanical engineering, etc. Important customers of the company include commercial vehicle construction, producers of materials handling and hoisting technology, manufacturers of rail vehicles, military technology and mechanical engineering. Before the takeover, the company was owned by private individuals.
The German family enterprise Wuppermann has its offices in Leverkusen. In Austria, the Wuppermann Group has four companies: Wuppermann Metalltechnik GmbH, Wuppermann Bandstahl GmbH, Wuppermann Austria GmbH and Dienstleistungsgesellschaft Wuppermann Business Services GmbH. 100% of the Wuppermann AG is owned by private individuals, earning profits of more than EUR 450 million – voestalpine Stahl GmbH owns a share of 30% in Wuppermann Austria GmbH and Wuppermann Bandstahl GmbH.