Polaris Private Equity Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Polaris Private Equity has acquired 2 companies. It has also invested in 4 others.

Polaris Private Equity’s most common sectors for investment are business services (10%) and building materials (8%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (68%) and growth capital (13%). In total, Polaris Private Equity has invested in 3 different countries.

In the last 3 years, Polaris Private Equity has exited 3 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (34%). Polaris Private Equity’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2008 when it sold Sonion A/S for $385M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity64
    • M&A Buy Activity40
    • M&A Sell Activity24
  • Total Sectors Invested 26
  • Total Countries Invested 3
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 15
  • M&A Advisors 7

Polaris Private Equity

Malmogade 3,
Copenhagen, DK-2100
Denmark
(+45) 3526 3574
www.polarisequity.dk
polaris@polarisequity.dk

Polaris Private Equity is a mid-market Danish private equity firm focused on buyouts within Denmark and Sweden. Polaris does not have any sector preferences, however the Firm looks for 'niche' businesses that exhibit growth potential and have the ability to lead their markets. Prospective companies typically have revenues of at least €25 million. Polaris was formed in 1998 and is based in Copenhagen.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Agriculture, Building Materials, Business Services, Chemicals, Construction, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Distribution, Education, Electrical Equipment, Healthcare Services, Information Technology, Leisure, Manufacturing, Retail

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

Geographic Preferences: Scandinavia

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue 25 -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size - -
Enterprise Value 40 100
values in millions of EUR

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (1.6/yr) # 32 2 - 4 1 1 40
Sell (1.2/yr) # 18 3 - 1 1 1 24
vol $473M $258M $730M
  64

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
BabySam A/S 2020-09-18 - Add-on Acquisition
Taastrup, Denmark · www.babysam.dk
Distriktstandvården 2020-09-01 - Growth Capital
Stockholm, Sweden · www.distriktstandvarden.se
Jetpak Group AB 2019-11-20 - Unknown
Stockholm, Sweden · www.jetpak.se
SSG A/S 2019-10-24 - Secondary Buyout
Herlev, Denmark · www.ssg.dk
Hitachi Automotive Systems Measurement Ltd. 2018-12-26 - Divestiture
Kanagawa, Japan · www.hitachi-automotive-mm.com
Falck Safety Services Holding A/S 2018-08-29 - Growth Capital
Copenhagen, Denmark · www.falck.com
Louis Poulsen Lighting A/S 2018-06-27 - Secondary Buyout
Copenhagen, Denmark · www.louispoulsen.com
ProData Consult A/S 2018-06-20 - Growth Capital
Hvidovre, Denmark · www.prodataconsult.com
Menu A/S 2018-03-23 - Growth Capital
Copenhagen, Denmark · www.menu.as
Avanti Wind Systems A/S 2016-12-05 103M EUR Add-on Acquisition
Hillerod, Denmark · www.avanti-online.com
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
HTC Group AB 2013-05-14 HTC Floor Grinding Solutions 2017-03-07 1
Soderkoping, Sweden · www.htc-sweden.com Soderkoping, Sweden
Triax A/S 2015-06-17 Macnetix Gmbh 2016-10-01 1
Hornsyld, Denmark · www.triax.com Berlin, Germany · www.macnetix.com
Alliance+ A/S 2009-09-23 Städkedjan Sverige AB 2015-06-22 8
Glostrup, Denmark · www.allianceplus.dk Gothenburg, Sweden · www.stadkedjan.se
Alliance+ A/S 2009-09-23 Vibe Reingjeringsservice AS 2015-05-28 7
Glostrup, Denmark · www.allianceplus.dk Husnes, Norway · www.vibe.no
Alliance+ A/S 2009-09-23 Städab Service Partner AB 2014-11-19 6
Glostrup, Denmark · www.allianceplus.dk Rosersberg, Sweden · www.uppstadab.se
Alliance+ A/S 2009-09-23 Express Gruppen AB 2013-11-19 5
Glostrup, Denmark · www.allianceplus.dk Solna, Sweden · www.expressgruppen.se
Alliance+ A/S 2009-09-23 Facila i Sverige AB 2013-03-04 4
Glostrup, Denmark · www.allianceplus.dk Norrköping, Sweden · www.facila.se
Alliance+ A/S 2009-09-23 Top Rengøring A/S 2012-06-13 3
Glostrup, Denmark · www.allianceplus.dk Vejle, Denmark · www.toprengoering.dk
Alliance+ A/S 2009-09-23 Miljöteamet i Sverige AB 2012-03-08 2
Glostrup, Denmark · www.allianceplus.dk Orebro, Sweden · www.miljoteamet.se
Alliance+ A/S 2009-09-23 Aarhus Total Rengøring AS 2010-09-30 1
Glostrup, Denmark · www.allianceplus.dk Abyhoj, Denmark

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Business Services 3 (18%) - 4 (10%) -
Building Materials - - 3 (8%) -
Electrical Equipment - - 3 (8%) -
Manufacturing 1 (6%) - 3 (8%) -
Consumer Products 1 (6%) - 2 (5%) -
Consumer Services - - 2 (5%) -
Healthcare Services 2 (12%) - 2 (5%) -
Information Technology 1 (6%) - 2 (5%) -
Machinery 2 (12%) - 2 (5%) -
Agriculture - - 1 (3%) -
Apparel/Textiles 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Automotive 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Chemicals - - 1 (3%) -
Communications 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Construction 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Distribution - - 1 (3%) -
E-Commerce - - 1 (3%) -
Education - - 1 (3%) -
Energy Services and Equipment - - 1 (3%) -
Food 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Leisure - - 1 (3%) -
Publishing - - 1 (3%) -
Retail - - 1 (3%) -
Safety/Security 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Software 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Transportation - - 1 (3%) -
Total 17 - 40 -

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
Denmark 10 (59%) - 25 (63%) -
Sweden 6 (35%) - 14 (35%) -
Japan 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Domestic 10 (59%) - 25 (63%) -
Cross-border 7 (41%) - 15 (38%) -
Total 17 - 40 -

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 5 (29%) - 27 (68%) -
Growth Capital 5 (29%) - 5 (13%) -
Secondary Buyout 4 (24%) - 5 (13%) -
Divestiture 2 (12%) - 2 (5%) -
PIPE 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Total 17 - 40 -

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale 8 (33%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 7 (29%) 730M (100%)
Secondary Sale 7 (29%) -
Sold to Management 1 (4%) -
Unknown 1 (4%) -
Total 24 $730M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
FIH Partners
1
William Blair & Co. LLC
1
Audon A/S
1
Legal Deals
Bech-Bruun
1
Moalem Weitemeyer Bendtsen
1

Deal Values

sell # Total
$100M to $1B 3 $643M
< $100M 1 $88M
TOTAL $730M
Largest Sonion A/S
$385M (2008-01-09)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
71%
5 71%
Strategic(s)
29%
2 29%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
50%
8 50%
Strategic(s)
50%
8 50%

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