M&A Deal Summary

3i Private Equity and European Capital Acquire DruckChemie

On May 1, 2008, private equity firms 3i Private Equity and European Capital acquired chemicals company DruckChemie from Quartus for 135M EUR

Acquisition Highlights
  • This is 3i Private Equity’s 5th and European Capital’s 4th transaction in the Chemicals sector.
  • This is 3i Private Equity’s 35th and European Capital’s 27th largest (disclosed) transaction.
  • This is 3i Private Equity’s 20th and European Capital’s 27th transaction in France.
Investment Fate
  • DruckChemie was sold to a strategic buyer in 2014.

M&A Deal Summary

Date 2008-05-01
Target DruckChemie
Sector Chemicals
Buyer(s) 3i Private Equity
European Capital
Sellers(s) Quartus
Deal Type Secondary Buyout
Deal Value 135M EUR

Target

DruckChemie

Ammerbuch-Altingen , France
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DruckChemie develops, manufactures, and supplies chemical and technical products and accessories for the printing industry, as well as providing waste reprocessing and recycling services. DruckChemie was founded in 1970 and is based in Ammerbuch-Altingen, France.

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Buyer(S) 2

Buyer

3i Private Equity

London, United Kingdom

Investor Investor Investor Investor Investor

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Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 1945
PE ASSETS 16.7B GBP
Size Mega
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

3i Private Equity is the private equity arm of 3i Group, a publicly held, global investment firm focused on private equity and infrastructure investing. 3i Private Equity generally targets buyout and growth capital financings and looks for opportunities across Europe, North America, and Asia. The Firm's targeted transaction range is €100 to €500 million. Industries of interest include business services, healthcare, consumer, media, oil/gas & power, technology, and financial services. 3i Group was originally formed in 1945 and is based in London.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 183 of 247
Sector (Chemicals) 5 of 5
Type (Secondary Buyout) 21 of 41
Country (France) 20 of 29
Year (2008) 10 of 17
Size (of disclosed) 35 of 64
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2008-05-01 SLR Consulting

Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

SLR Consulting is a provider of environmental consultancy services to public and private sector clients. SLR Consulting was founded in 1994 and is based in Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom.

Buy -
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2008-06-02 Novem Car Interior Design

Vorbach, Germany

Novem is the supplier for interior wood trim components in the automotive sector. Its products are designed to be fitted to the car interior as fully finished components and are manufactured primarily using pressing, sanding, and lacquering techniques and processes.

Sell -
Buyer

European Capital

London, United Kingdom

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Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 2005
PE ASSETS 1.2B EUR
Size Large
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

European Capital is the European investment affiliate of American Capital. European Capital looks to provide a variety of investment and financing solutions including unitranche debt, mezzanine capital, senior debt, and equity co-investment. Funds are typically used to support buyouts, recapitalizations, finance growth, and make acquisitions. European Capital is sector agnostic, however the Firm has a preference for investments in the consumer, technology, manufacturing, services, and distribution sectors. European Capital was formed in 2005 and is based in London.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 66 of 74
Sector (Chemicals) 4 of 7
Type (Secondary Buyout) 23 of 28
Country (France) 27 of 31
Year (2008) 3 of 6
Size (of disclosed) 27 of 32
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2008-04-01 Moeller Electric Pte.

Singapore, Singapore

Moeller is one of the largest globally active manufacturers of low-voltage electrical distribution and automation components for industrial, commercial and residential applications.

Sell €1.6B
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2008-05-15 Qioptiq Group

Kroll, Luxembourg

Qioptiq designs and manufactures photonic products and solutions that serve a wide range of markets and applications in the areas of medical and life sciences, industrial manufacturing, defense and aerospace, and research and development.

Buy $85M

Seller(S) 1

SELLER

Quartus

Paris, France

Investor Investor

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Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 1998
PE ASSETS 111M EUR
Size Small
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

Quartus is a French private equity firm that makes controlling or majority investments in middle-market companies valued between EUR50 and EUR250 million. Sectors of interest include, business services, food, leisure/tourism, information technology, capital goods, and logistics. Quartus will consider a variety of investment situations including family successions, divestitures, consolidations, growth financings, and take privates. The Firm's target investment size is equity commitments larger than EUR30 million. Quartus was formed in 1998 and is based in Paris, France.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 8 of 11
Sector (Chemicals) 1 of 1
Type (Secondary Buyout) 4 of 5
Country (France) 8 of 11
Year (2008) 1 of 3
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2007-09-01 Saveur Group

France

SAVEUR is a French manufacturer of blended ingredients for the food industry.

Sell -
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2008-06-01 LRI

Paris, France

LRI is a distributor of valves and related products for the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning sector and industrial applications. It operates through a national network of 13 branches.

Sell -