Q2 I QUARTERLY HIGHLIGHTS
Knowledge is an anchor in volatile times
The pandemic, Brexit, the change of president in the US, and ramped-up climate change discussions are just a few of the many pivotal events that made 2020 a rollercoaster year filled with shock, uncertainty and transformation. It shook the foundations of what we consider “normal” and made the outlook of our economies volatile. Despite all these, overall views on the economy continue to improve with more and more economies recovering.
However, now is not the time to be complacent, so we need to address modus operandi that no longer work and keep focusing on building more resilient, innovative, climate-friendly and inclusive companies. M&A and finding the right source of funding can play a significant role in accelerating recovery. Unconventional alliances, surrounding yourself with the right people and agile thinking helps your company stay ahead of the curve (and competition) in an era of perpetual unpredictability.
Today, we want to share with you how we have collaborated closely — across borders, teams, industries and markets — to help entrepreneurs and companies get a grip on the current situation and reach their full potential.
Local deal highlights
TMT I Talent Base has been acquired by Loihde Group
Talent Base has been acquired by Loihde Group from founders and key personnel of the company. Talent Base was founded in 2007 by three talented entrepreneurs, united by a common vision for the future of digital transformation services. Since then, it has grown into a US$9.3 million revenue company with a diverse team of 57 interdisciplinary experts in Finland and Sweden. Read more.
ECM I Alexandria Pankkiiriliike Oyj has raised US$9.7m in the course of its IPO
Alexandria Pankkiiriliike Oyj has raised US$9.7 million in the course of its IPO on NASDAQ First North Finland. Alexandria was founded in 1996 and has grown into one of Finland’s largest investment services companies. It offers a diverse range of investment and saving solutions for private customers as well as corporates via its extensive network of branch offices across 30 regions in the country. Read more.
Nordic deal highlights
PRIVATE EQUITY & TMT | Facilitating growth for production software specialist
The listed Swedish industrial group, XANO, has signed an agreement to acquire all shares in CIM Industrial Systems A/S with subsidiary, a leading Danish Pharma/Industry 4.0 production software specialist. XANO's acquisition of CIM marks the end of a successful ownership of the private equity fund VækstPartner Kapital, which has owned 35% of CIM since 2018. Read more.
Global deal highlights
CONSUMER & RETAIL I Accelerating growth in the European motorcycle accessories market
Oaklins’ team in Germany supported the shareholders of Paaschburg & Wunderlich GmbH throughout the sale process as exclusive M&A advisor. In an internationally-structured and competitive sale process tailored to the wishes of the sellers, Bihr prevailed as the optimal strategic partner. Oaklins’ team in Belgium facilitated communication with the buyer. Read more.
BUSINESS SUPPORT SERVICES I Integrating sustainable solutions in the fire safety market
Unica, a Dutch technical service provider, has acquired Fire Safety Holding B.V., the parent company of Gerco and Applicom. Oaklins’ team in the Netherlands acted as the exclusive M&A advisor to Unica in this transaction. Read more.
TMT I A strengthened position in the profitable and fast-growing cloud solutions market
Oaklins’ team in Spain acted as the exclusive M&A advisor to the shareholder of Nubalia. Oaklins’ team in France identified Devoteam as a suitable candidate and made the introduction to Oaklins in Spain, who managed to maintain deal momentum by effectively addressing and managing the impact of COVID-19 on the sale process, which eventually resulted in a successful closing. Read more.
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING SERVICES I Joining forces in the growing construction and infrastructure market
Oaklins’ team in Israel acted as the sole advisor to the shareholders of Margal Systems in this transaction. The team’s extensive experience in accompanying private companies, together with its in-depth knowledge and relationships with various players in the Israeli market, ensured a successful outcome. Read more.
CONSUMER & RETAIL I Oui Care ready to accelerate its development in France and abroad
Oaklins’ team in France acted as financial advisor to Oui Care in this transaction. The team has supported the company’s growth for more than 10 years and was able to finalize a complex hybrid financing process combining equity and debt, and to bring on board key players, all in a market context deeply affected by the health crisis. Read more.
FOOD & BEVERAGE I Succession at one of the largest independent table fruit and potato traders
Oaklins’ team in Switzerland supported the owners of Capricorn Holding AG during the entire sale process as exclusive M&A advisors. This included the preparation of the sale documents, the identification and approach of potential buyers, the supervision of the buy-side due diligence, as well as negotiations with several parties and support up to the signing and closing of the transaction. Read more.
BUSINESS SUPPORT SERVICES I Strengthening position in the profitable and fast-growing cleanroom market
Oaklins’ team in Belgium acted as the exclusive M&A advisor to the shareholders of Scaldis. The team’s knowledge and insights led to a quick identification of the top European consolidators who were looking to expand their reach in the Belgian market and strengthen their position in the profitable and fast-growing cleanroom market. Read more.
AUTOMOTIVE I Global technology leader for fuel cell turbo compressors
Oaklins’ team in Switzerland supported the owners and the management of FISCHER during the entire sale process as exclusive M&A advisor. This included preparing the sale documents, identifying and approaching potential buyers, supervising the buy-side due diligence, as well as negotiating with several parties and giving support up to the signing and closing of the transaction. Read more.
INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY & COMPONENTS I A global giant’s milestone step in China’s low-voltage electrical components sector
Oaklins’ team in Shanghai assisted the seller through a structured sale process, from the multiple phases of bidding, to valuation, and finally to SPA negotiations and closing. The team also led the vendor due diligence and facilitated and assisted in the legal and financial aspects of the transaction. Read more.
PRIVATE EQUITY I French producer of synthetic paper seizes international opportunity
Oaklins’ team in France supported the shareholders of Arjobex Group in the financing of the acquisition of MDV Group. In a highly-competitive process, the team was able to pool all its expertise and identify the best financial partner in less than four months. Read more.
Global insights publications
CONSUMER & RETAIL I The impact of e-commerce on the packaging and print industries
PACKAGING REPORT: Packaging and print are two sectors that have undergone rapid evolution in response to this change in retail habits, and our latest, wide-ranging report on those industries, prepared by one of our Oaklins’ teams in the USA, delves into the significance of this development. Read more.
Voice from China
QUARTERLY UPDATE ON THE M&A MARKET IN CHINA: China’s economy is bouncing back strongly from the pandemic, showing double-digit growth in Q1 2021, while M&A activity grew by 23.1% year-on-year. Angela Chen, principal at Oaklins HFG China, examines the trends in the LV electrical components sector and the M&A activity from recent months. Read more.
Global insights events and articles
AGRICULTURE I An appetite for M&A and investments in the agriculture sector
WEBINAR RECORDING: Listen to our panel as they share insights on opportunities and challenges entrepreneur-led firms in North America, South America, Europe, and North Africa are encountering as they pursue growth opportunities across the supply chain. Read more.
HEALTHCARE I PRIVATE EQUITY I Compounding pharmacies, a prescription for M&A
ARTICLE: Due to its high growth and non-cyclical nature, drug compounding is an attractive market from an M&A perspective. Read more.