Polaris Private Equity Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, Polaris Private Equity has acquired 6 companies. It has also invested in 2 others.

Polaris Private Equity’s most common sectors for investment arebusiness services (10%) and electrical equipment (7%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (66%) and secondary buyout (14%). In total, Polaris Private Equity has invested in 1 US state and 4 different countries.

In the last 3 years, Polaris Private Equity has exited 8 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (37%). 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 Activity73
    • M&A Buy Activity43
    • M&A Sell Activity30
  • Total Sectors Invested 27
  • Total Countries Invested 4
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 19
  • 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 €20 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, Insurance, Leisure, Manufacturing, Retail, Safety/Security, Software, Technology Hardware, Transportation

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

Geographic Preferences: Scandinavia

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue 20 150
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size - -
Enterprise Value 40 100
values in millions of EUR

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 '22 T
Buy (2.4/yr) # 31 4 2 2 3 1 43
Sell (1.8/yr) # 21 1 2 3 1 2 30
vol $730M $730M
  73

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Esoft Systems A/S 2022-06-01 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Odense, Denmark · www.esoft.com
Designers Company A/S 2022-04-27 - Add-on Acquisition
Copenhagen, Denmark · www.menuspace.com
Tokico System Solutions Ltd. 2022-01-28 - Add-on Acquisition
Kanagawa, Japan · www.tokicosys.com
G&O Maritime Group 2021-09-01 - Secondary Buyout
Allerød, Denmark · www.gomg.dk
ProData Consult A/S 2021-07-01 - Secondary Buyout
Hvidovre, Denmark · www.prodataconsult.com
North Risk A/S 2021-04-13 - Consolidation
Kongens Lyngby, Denmark · www.northrisk.dk
Contour Design, Inc. 2021-01-11 - Growth Capital
Windham, New Hampshire · www.contourdesign.com
Molslinjen A/S 2020-12-10 - Secondary Buyout
Aarhus, Denmark · www.molslinjen.dk
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
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M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Business Services 3 (21%) - 4 (9%) -
Building Materials - - 3 (7%) -
Electrical Equipment - - 3 (7%) -
Energy Services and Equipment - - 3 (7%) -
Consumer Products - - 2 (5%) -
Consumer Services - - 2 (5%) -
Healthcare Services 2 (14%) - 2 (5%) -
Information Technology - - 2 (5%) -
Manufacturing - - 2 (5%) -
Technology Hardware 2 (14%) - 2 (5%) -
Transportation 1 (7%) - 2 (5%) -
Agriculture - - 1 (2%) -
Apparel/Textiles - - 1 (2%) -
Chemicals - - 1 (2%) -
Construction - - 1 (2%) -
E-Commerce - - 1 (2%) -
Education - - 1 (2%) -
Food 1 (7%) - 1 (2%) -
Insurance 1 (7%) - 1 (2%) -
Internet Software and Services 1 (7%) - 1 (2%) -
Leisure - - 1 (2%) -
Machinery - - 1 (2%) -
Marine 1 (7%) - 1 (2%) -
Publishing - - 1 (2%) -
Retail - - 1 (2%) -
Safety/Security 1 (7%) - 1 (2%) -
Software 1 (7%) - 1 (2%) -
Total 14 - 43 -

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
Denmark 10 (71%) - 27 (63%) -
Sweden 3 (21%) - 14 (33%) -
United States 1 (7%) - 1 (2%) -
  New Hampshire 1 (7%) - 1 (2%) -
Japan - - 1 (2%) -
Domestic 10 (71%) - 27 (63%) -
Cross-border 4 (29%) - 16 (37%) -
Total 14 - 43 -

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 5 (36%) - 28 (65%) -
Secondary Buyout 3 (21%) - 6 (14%) -
Growth Capital 3 (21%) - 5 (12%) -
Divestiture 2 (14%) - 3 (7%) -
Consolidation 1 (7%) - 1 (2%) -
Total 14 - 43 -

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale 11 (37%) -
Secondary Sale 9 (30%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 7 (23%) 730M (100%)
Unknown 2 (7%) -
Sold to Management 1 (3%) -
Total 30 $730M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
FIH Partners
1
William Blair & Co. LLC
1
Audon A/S
1
Legal Deals
Moalem Weitemeyer
1
Bech-Bruun
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
Investor(s)
14%
6 (14%)
Strategic(s)
7%
3 (7%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
30%
9 (30%)
Strategic(s)
37%
11 (37%)

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