M&A Deal Summary

COLUMNA CAPITAL Acquires Datamars SA

On July 29, 2011, private equity firm COLUMNA CAPITAL LLP acquired technology hardware company Datamars SA from CornerstoneCapital Verwaltungs AG and Invision AG

Acquisition Highlights
  • This is COLUMNA CAPITAL’s 1st transaction in the Technology Hardware sector.
  • This is COLUMNA CAPITAL’s 1st transaction in Switzerland.

M&A Deal Summary

Date 2011-07-29
Target Datamars SA
Sector Technology Hardware
Buyer(s) COLUMNA CAPITAL LLP
Sellers(s) CornerstoneCapital Verwaltungs AG
Invision AG
Deal Type Secondary Buyout

Target

Datamars SA

Lamone, Switzerland
website
Datamars is a provider of electronic tagging systems for the pet, livestock, and textile industries. Datamars provide complete systems tuned to deliver optimized performance in a range of vertical segments: professional laundries, animal identification, and other industries where identification in critical environment conditions is necessary. Datamars was founded in 1988 and is based in Lamone, Switzerland.

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Buyer(S) 1

Buyer

COLUMNA CAPITAL LLP

Investor Investor Investor Investor

website


Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 2009
PE ASSETS 200M EUR
SizeSmall
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

Columna Capital LLP is an investment firm specializing in investments in late stage venture, distressed debt, restructuring, corporate finance, mid-market companies and provides development capital for growth opportunities in emerging companies. Columna Capital LLP was founded in 2009 and is based in London, United Kingdom with an additional office in Switzerland.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 2 of 8
Sector (Technology Hardware) 1 of 1
Type (Secondary Buyout) 1 of 2
Country (Switzerland) 1 of 2
Year (2011) 2 of 2
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2011-01-21 RCR Industrial Flooring S.à.r.l.

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

RCR Industrial Flooring S.à.r.l engages in industrial flooring solutions with operations in Europe, Latin America, and Africa. RCR Industrial Flooring S.à.r.l. provides integrated solutions across applications (installation of high specification floors), products (resins, hardeners, and steel joints) and consultancy services.

Buy -
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2012-02-15 Kiala SA

Brussels, France

Kiala SA operates collection points in Belgium, Luxemburg, the Netherlands and France for the delivery of parcels.

Sell -

Seller(S) 2

SELLER

CornerstoneCapital Verwaltungs AG

Frankfurt, Germany

Investor Investor

website


Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 2001
PE ASSETS 150M EUR
SizeSmall
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

CornerstoneCapital Verwaltungs AG is a private equity firm specializing in management buyouts/buy-ins, growth capital financings, and PIPE transactions. The Firm targets small and mid-sized companies throughout Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. For growth capital investments, the Firm prefers to invest €3 to €15 million in companies with revenues of at least €5 million. For management buyouts, Cornerstone prefers to invest in companies with revenues of €10 million or greater valued up to €50 million. For PIPE transactions, the Cornerstone invests €5 to €10 million in listed companies with revenues of at least €20 million. Areas of interest include engineering, chemicals, software, healthcare, and business services. CornerstoneCapital Verwaltungs AG was formed in 2001 and is based Frankfurt.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 8 of 12
Sector (Technology Hardware) 1 of 1
Type (Secondary Buyout) 3 of 6
Country (Switzerland) 2 of 2
Year (2011) 1 of 1
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2010-05-05 ISOLITE GmbH

Ludwigshafen, Germany

ISOLITE GmbH is a provider of high-temperature insulation systems for the aviation and turbo machinery industry, the automotive industry and large engine manufacturing. ISOLITE was founded in 1978 and is based in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

Sell -
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2012-01-02 Infoniqa Payroll Holding GmbH

Wels, Austria

Infoniqa is a Human Resource Software and one of the fastest growing providers in the German-speaking region. Infoniqa serves the entire spectrum of human resource needs offering software solutions for payroll, human capital management, and time & attendance. Infoniqa was formed in 1988 and is based in Wels, Austria.

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SELLER

Invision AG

Zug, Switzerland

Investor Investor Investor Investor Investor

website


Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 1996
PE ASSETS 400M EUR
SizeMiddle-Market
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

Invision AG is a private equity firm focused on growth capital investments in European companies or companies with opportunities in Europe. Target sectors include information technology, software, electronics, telecommunications, medical devices, healthcare services, financial services, and media. Invision looks to invest between €20 and €100 million in businesses generating €25 and €200 million in sales. Invision was formed in 1996 as the corporate venture capital arm of Metro Holding. Invision is based in Zug, Switzerland.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 16 of 24
Sector (Technology Hardware) 1 of 1
Type (Secondary Buyout) 4 of 7
Country (Switzerland) 4 of 7
Year (2011) 1 of 1
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2010-09-27 Micrus Endovascular Corp.

San Jose, California, United States

Micrus Endovascular is a medical device company formed in June 1996 with its corporate headquarters in San Jose, California. Micrus Endovascular manufactures and markets both implantable and disposable medical devices used in the treatment of cerebral vascular diseases. Micrus' products are used by interventional neuroradiologists and neurosurgeons primarily to treat cerebral aneurysms in the brain responsible for hemorrhagic stroke, a significant cause of death in the United States. The Micrus product line is an endovascular system that enables a physician to gain access to the brain in a minimally invasive manner through the vessels of the circulatory system.

Sell $480M
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2012-12-17 Netviewer AG

Karlsruhe, Germany

Netviewer provides web conferencing solutions. Founded in Karlsruhe, Germany, in 2001, the company currently employs more than 220 people. Netviewer enables Internet users to share their screen display live, so as to jointly edit texts, calculations, graphics and other documents. Visual real-time communication over the Internet enables businesses to reduce their travel times and costs, as well as to improve productivity. MNetviewer develops, markets and sells desktop sharing and web collaboration software and services.

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