Q4 I QUARTERLY HIGHLIGHTS
Knowledge to help you transition to the post-pandemic world
To gain resilience in times of change and transition, one of the most important things is to surround ourselves with knowledgeable and supportive people. At Oaklins, we make the best use of our human capital and this has helped us stay on track despite the uncertainty.
We value the trust that our clients place in us, as shown in Q4 of 2020, one of our busiest quarters to date. If you are a business owner or CEO considering M&A-related options, we encourage you to reach out to discuss the options.
Today we want to share with you how we – across borders, teams, industries and markets – have collaborated closely, helping entrepreneurs and companies get a grip on the current situation and reach their full potential.
Local deal highlights
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING SERVICES | Taking property renovation to the next level
Blue Equity is partnering with Bang & Beenfeldt – the leading niche property renovation engineering consultancy in Denmark. Read more
TMT | Accelerating digital food safety and sustainability in professional kitchens
VIA equity has invested in eSmiley, a Nordic market-leading supplier of self-monitoring SaaS solutions within food safety compliance and food waste. Read more
BUSINESS SUPPORT SERVICES I A Danish green footprint brought into a European context
OKNygaard, Denmark's largest privately owned grounds maintenance and landscaping company, has been sold to a portfolio company of Core Equity Holdings – idverde, Europe’s largest provider of grounds maintenance and landscaping services. Read more.
CONSUMER & RETAIL | KontrolFreek has been acquired by SteelSeries
The shareholders of KontrolFreek, LLC (KF) have sold the company to SteelSeries, a portfolio company of Axcel. KontrolFreek designs, markets and manufactures innovative gaming accessories for players of all skill levels, including eSports professionals. Read more.
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING SERVICES | Oré Peinture has been acquired by Geveko Markings
Oré Peinture has been acquired by Geveko Markings, a portfolio company of Solix. This is the biggest acquisition in Geveko Markings’ almost 100-year history and customers of the combined entity will benefit from an enhanced solutions offering and a broader product range. Read more.
Global deal highlights
HEALTHCARE I Opening a new chapter in the healthcare sector
Oaklins’ team in Lithuania acted as the sole sell-side financial advisor to CGP Management in the sale of MediCA klinika and Kardiolita Klinikos to Repharm. Read more.
TMT I Getting ready for the next growth phase
Oaklins’ team in Germany acted as the lead advisor to the three founders of Listan. Oaklins advised on the preparation of the sale process and due diligence, as well as the approach and parallel negotiations with potential financial investors until closing. Read more.
ENERGY I Supporting our clients with announcement of maiden domestic US debt financing
Oaklins Cavendish’s debt advisory team, based in the UK, advised Iofina Plc. The team discussed this transaction with around 40 domestic US lenders, including discussions with many non-bank US lenders. Read more.
TMT I Helping to grow the most valuable assets
The leading Finnish early childhood education and care (ECEC) services provider Pilke päiväkodit Oy has been acquired by Norway-based Læringsverkstedet Gruppen AS from Korona Invest Oy and minority shareholders. Read more.
FINANCIAL SERVICES I Forming a partnership with greater scale and a stronger market position
Oaklins’ team in Australia acted as the sell-side advisor to Powerwrap, supporting its board throughout the sale process, including initial strategic review and takeover defence, through to the board giving unanimous recommendation for Praemium’s offer and full divestment. Read more.
Local insights publications
MARKET REVIEW Q4 2020
Looking at the overall European M&A market, the level of activity in Q4 reflects signs of a clear recovery. The number of transactions is rising sharply, and Q4 is at a record high, partially compensating for the lower level in Q2. Read more.
Global insights publications
TMT I Think different
CREATIVE SERVICES SPOT ON: How might lessons learned in 2020 impact the future of creativity? Oaklins’ creative services specialist John Kaiser reviews marketers’ response to this year’s unprecedented challenges. Read more.
BUSINESS SUPPORT SERVICES I Facility Services Report
AN UPDATE ON THE M&A MARKET: Oaklins’ M&A advisors from our Atlanta and Boston office provide an overview of today’s dynamic but still fragmented industry and its key themes. Read more.
AUTOMOTIVE I Resilience to COVID-19
AUTOMOTIVE OEM SUPPLIERS SPOT ON: Top of automakers’ New Year’s resolutions is rebuilding inventory to meet strong post-lockdown demand. How will companies navigate recovery after production halted globally earlier this year? Oaklins’ automotive OEM supplier specialist Matt Mueller examines the factors likely to lead to an increase in M&A activity. Read more.
INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY & COMPONENTS I Robotics Report
AN UPDATE ON THE M&A MARKET: The robotics industry looks likely to emerge from the current crisis sooner than many other industries, Oaklins’ Dr. Jürg Stucker and David Zürrer look at long-term opportunities for strategic investors. Read more.
FOOD & BEVERAGE I Cheese takes a big slice of the retail segment
CHEESE SPOT ON: In this issue of Spot On, Oaklins’ cheese specialist Davide Milano looks at COVID-19’s unexpected impact on food consumption and how giants like Kraft Heinz handled the surges in demand. Read more.
OTHER INDUSTRIES I Harnessing the power of nature to bring life into buildings
HVAC SPOT ON: In this Spot On, we sit down with Monodraught, who design, manufacture, install and maintain ventilation, cooling and heating systems for low-energy, low-carbon buildings, to talk about the key industry trends, as well as gain their thoughts on the industry’s future given the current situation. Read more.
BUSINESS SUPPORT SERVICES I A quality check for healthy multiples
TESTING, INSPECTION & CERTIFICATION SPOT ON: This Spot On includes an extensive overview of deals done this year, further proving that the TIC sector is in great shape and has a healthy future ahead. Read more.
TMT I Grounds for optimism in the eye of the storm
ENTERPRISE SAAS SPOT ON: In this Spot On, we sit down with Olli Nokso-Koivisto, the CEO of LeadDesk, a rapidly-growing, international cloud-based CCaaS provider, to hear how his firm has handled the COVID-19 turmoil. Read more.
Global insights articles
HEALTHCARE I Medtech's propelling innovations are changing lives and M&A
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, private-equity–driven demand is expected to remain high given the industry’s attractive top-line growth, profit margins and resilient nature. Read more.