Karnell Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, Karnell has acquired 7 companies.

Karnell’s most common sectors for investment aremanufacturing (42%) and consumer products (12%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (83%) and growth capital (12%). In total, Karnell has invested in 1 US state and 4 different countries.

In the last 3 years, Karnell has exited 3 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (40%). Karnell’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2018 when it sold Wermland Mechanics Töcksfors AB for $20M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity22
    • M&A Buy Activity17
    • M&A Sell Activity5
  • Total Sectors Invested 10
  • Total Countries Invested 4
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 4

Karnell

Karnell Group AB

Riddargatan 13,
Stockholm, SE-114 51
Sweden
+46 8 545 891 00
www.karnell.se
info@karnell.se

Karnell is a private equity group focused on acquiring majority positions in Nordic based industrial and technology companies. The Firm is an active owner and prefers businesses with their own manufacturing, development and sales capabilities. Karnell was formed in 2008 and has offices in Stockholm and Helsinki.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Apparel/Textiles, Automotive, Business Services, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Education, Food, Forest Products, Information Technology, Internet Software and Services, Machinery, Manufacturing, Software

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Divestiture, Growth Capital, Secondary Buyout

Geographic Preferences: Nordic

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue 50 350
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size - -
Enterprise Value - -
values in millions of SEK

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 '24 T
Buy (1.8/yr) # 8 2 1 3 2 1 17
Sell (0.6/yr) # 2 - 2 - 1 - 5
vol $20M $20M
  22

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Sahko-Jokinen Oy 2024-01-10 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Noormarkku, Finland · www.sahkojokinen.fi
Plalite Ltd 2023-12-21 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Sittingbourne, United Kingdom · www.plalite.com
Vagnsteknik i Karlshamn AB 2023-09-29 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Karlshamn, Sweden · www.k-vagnen.com
Kasthall Mattor & Golv AB 2023-09-13 - Trade Sale
Kinna, Sweden · www.kasthall.com
Konepaja Timeka Oy 2022-09-22 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Mynämäki, Finland · www.timeka.fi
Drivex AB 2022-03-31 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Edsbyn, Sweden · www.drivex.se
Rotomon Oy 2022-01-11 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Kangasniemi, Finland · www.rotomon.fi
KL Mechanics Oy 2021-10-13 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Oulu, Finland · www.klmechanics.fi
Silva Sweden AB 2021-06-30 - Secondary Sale
Bromma, Sweden · www.silva.se
Nordic Vehicle Conversion AB 2021-06-30 - Secondary Sale
Backaryd, United States · www.nordicvehicle.se
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Manufacturing 6 (50%) - 7 (41%) -
Consumer Products - - 2 (12%) -
Automotive - - 1 (6%) -
Business Services 1 (8%) - 1 (6%) -
Chemicals 1 (8%) - 1 (6%) -
Consumer Services - - 1 (6%) -
Electrical Equipment 1 (8%) - 1 (6%) -
Machinery 1 (8%) - 1 (6%) -
Plastics 1 (8%) - 1 (6%) -
Software 1 (8%) - 1 (6%) -
Total 12 - 17 -

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
Sweden 5 (42%) - 9 (53%) -
Finland 6 (50%) - 6 (35%) -
United Kingdom 1 (8%) - 1 (6%) -
United States - - 1 (6%) -
Total 12 - 17 -

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 12 (100%) - 14 (82%) -
Growth Capital - - 2 (12%) -
Divestiture - - 1 (6%) -
Total 12 - 17 -

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 2 (40%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 1 (20%) 20M (100%)
Divestiture 1 (20%) -
Trade Sale 1 (20%) -
Total 5 $20M

Deal Values

sell # Total
< $100M 1 $20M
TOTAL $20M
Largest Wermland Mechanics Töcksfors AB
$20M (2018-01-18)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Strategic(s)
6%
1 (6%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
60%
3 (60%)
Strategic(s)
40%
2 (40%)

FAQ

When was Karnell founded?

Karnell was founded in 2008.

What type of investor is Karnell?

Karnell is a private equity firm.

Where is Karnell headquartered?

Karnell is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.

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