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Recently Closed Deals

19 February 2020

Software specialist for laboratory solutions sold

After two years of intensive work, the German LIMS company iCD. Institut für Consulting und Datenverarbeitung GmbH & Co. KG was sold to the Cologne-based software house GUS Group. The GUS Group is a leading provider of integrated software solutions for the process industry and logistics.

iCD. has been developing and implementing special software solutions, so-called laboratory information and management systems, for the chemical industry, the pharmaceutical sector and test laboratories for over 30 years. To the customers of the iCD. include small and medium-sized companies as well as international groups.

In the course of the process, more than 50 selected investors from the finance and software industry were contacted, four of whom submitted concrete offers. The vendors finally opted for the GUS.

VENTRADA set up and managed the process.

22 March 2019

Leisure Park Märchenwald Saalburg has a new owner.

In the spring of 2019, the family owned leisure park Märchenwald Saalburg was transferred to a new owner. The theme park in Thuringia has been a popular destination for children and families for years. Over an area of ​​over 6 hectares, visitors can enjoy nature, be enchanted by Grimm’s fairytale world and be pampered with culinary delights.

The former owner, Ms. Viola Pechmann, has found a young and committed successor as managing director with Ms. Eiker Werner. However, Ms. Pechmann remains in the park as a co-shareholder and consultant. The new investor plans to continue the theme park in his previous tradition as a family business and gradually expand it with attractions.

VENTRADA received the mandate in 2017. Both the new management and the investor were found by VENTRADA. Finally, the transaction was structured and completed in spring 2019. The purchase price was not disclosed.

07 August 2018

Dr. Födisch Umweltmesstechnik AG takes over EP Ehrler Prüftechnik Engineering and EP Instruments.

Dr. Födisch Umweltmesstechnik AG (manufacturer of measuring technology for dust, flow and gas analysis) has taken over the EP Ehrler Prüftechnik Engineering GmbH as well as the affiliated EP Instruments GmbH. Both companies are Germany’s leading solutions provider for flow, pressure and leak testing as well as gas detection technology.

The product range of the acquired companies includes:

  • Test systems for flow, tightness, pressure and temperature
  • Measuring and calibration systems for the flow (air / gases / liquids)
  • Calibration and services
  • Software solutions

The divested companies realized sales of more than 7 million euros with more than 60 employees last year.

The previous company owners and managing directors had already sought in 2012 for the first time contact with VENTRADA to regulate the succession. However, at this time, the companies were not suitable for sale due to the current major projects. Over the next five years, both companies have developed very positively, both economically and structurally, so that the company transfer finally could take place.

30 June 2017

Analytik Jena AG sells subsidiary AJ Blomesystem GmbH

Analytik Jena AG sold its shares of AJ Blomesystem GmbH in Jena to GUS Holding GmbH, in Cologne. AJ Blomesystem GmbH (“Blome”) specialises in bespoke development, implementation and maintenance of laboratory information, and management systems. These LIMS systems form the backbone for data management in many laboratories. The central task of the software is to support a laboratory operation in administrative tasks of sample processing and in the collection, evaluation, and presentation of determined analysis data. The goal is to control the workflows in such a way, so as to ensure an efficient execution of the analysis activities, while at the same time, saving the resulting data in a secure, easily accessible form. Blome’s core components include the LabBase®, readyLIMS®, and ENMOhydro® products.

The company was founded as Karl Blome KG in 1981 by the pioneer in LIMS applications, Mr. Karl Blome. Since 2001, the company has been further developed under the umbrella of Analytik Jena AG. As a result of corporate strategic decisions, Analytik Jena AG sought after a new partner for Blome.

The acquirer, GUS Holding GmbH, is the market leader in ERP software solutions for the pharmaceutical, chemical, cosmetic, and food industries. With the acquisition of Blome, the GUS Group has further strengthened its LIMS activities. The GUS Group was founded in 1980 and operates with 150 employees in Cologne, Hamburg, and Munich. The main shareholder of GUS Holding GmbH is a fund of Elvaston Capital Management GmbH.

VENTRADA Corporate Finance GmbH prepared the transaction on behalf of Analytik Jena AG and accompanied it right up to the notarial signature. In particular, VENTRADA conducted a detailed analysis of the company, established a purchase price indicator, prepared the investment memorandum, contacted the global LIMS companies, and coordinated the negotiations. The transaction was completed within 8 months.

9 February 2017

IL Holding GmbH acquired 100% of the shares of FAD Fertigungs- und Automatisierungstechnik GmbH

The IL Holding GmbH, which was established for the purpose of the company acquisition, under the leadership of Ingolf Lenz took over all the business shares of FAD (Fertigungs- und Automatisierungstechnik) GmbH in December 2016. The transfer took place within the framework of the age-related corporate succession. The former shareholders will be retained by the FAD as managing directors.

Since its founding in 1997, FAD has specialised in the design and manufacture of special machines and technologically sophisticated handling systems, and has therefore established itself well in the market. Many of the FAD customers are long-standing and loyal business partners, as they can rely on quality, service and the use of state-of-the-art technologies. Well over 50% of the FAD customers are assigned to the automotive sector and are internationally positioned.

IL Holding GmbH is a sister company of the vacuum and precision parts manufacturer Dresden GmbH (VPD) based in Ottendorf-Okrilla. The company is a contract manufacturer in the field of machining. Its more than 50 employees have special knowledge and experience in the production of individual parts, small series, and subassemblies for vacuum systems of thin-film technology, microelectronics, electron- beam technology, and special machines for electrical engineering and electronics. With the acquisition of FAD, the Managing Director Lenz implemented his strategic goals, which were called: creation of further company growth; recruitment and safeguarding of specialists; and the expansion of the cooperation with FAD in the creation and enhancement of synergy potential.

VENTRADA Corporate Finance GmbH accompanied the take-over process from the early stages. In particular, VENTRADA conducted the financial & commercial due diligence, issued a corporate valuation report on the basis of which the transaction was ultimately conducted, moderated take-over talks, and supported the acquirer in financing negotiations with investors.

15 December 2016

VENTRADA supports JENETRIC financing rounds

VENTRADA supported the high-tech company JENETRIC GmbH in its third financing round. JENETRIC was founded in May 2014 by former employees of Cross Match Technologies GmbH in Jena. The focus of JENETRIC is the development and world-wide marketing of innovative palm and fingerprint scanners. The company is breaking new ground in its product development, and has already received international approvals (especially FBI certification) for its small and handy devices.

The financing preparation focused on due diligence, the preparation of a detailed mid-term planning, and an investment memorandum, including a company valuation. Today, the company published the successful completion of the financing, in which a new business angel participated alongside the former shareholders (including bm-t and HTGF).

Further details can be found on the JENETRIC website.

10 May 2016

Successful completion of the project at Analytik Jena AG

Analytik Jena AG (Endress + Hauser Group) was able to implement the outsourcing process of the production plant in Eisfeld, Thuringia as of 30 April 2016. The divisions of the remote and target systems under the brand name DOCTER®, as well as a production area for Analytik Jena AG products and all 120 employees, were sold to NOBLEX GmbH, a portfolio company of the financial investor VF Capital GmbH in Frankfurt am Main. The location counts therefore as secured long-term.

VENTRADA has accompanied the process from the outset, and has been responsible for the company analysis, financial planning, company presentation, and the investment approach. Further details on the transaction can be found on the Analytik Jena AG website.