Polaris Private Equity Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Polaris Private Equity has acquired 4 companies. It has also invested in 5 others.

Polaris Private Equity’s most common sectors for investment are building materials (8%) and business services (8%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (69%) and growth capital (13%). 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 6 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (33%). 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 Activity69
    • M&A Buy Activity41
    • M&A Sell Activity28
  • Total Sectors Invested 27
  • Total Countries Invested 4
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 17
  • 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 ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (1.8/yr) # 32 - 4 2 2 1 41
Sell (1.4/yr) # 21 1 1 2 3 - 28
vol $730M $730M
  69

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
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
PWT A/S 2020-06-02 - Unknown
Aalborg, Denmark · www.pwt-group.com
Futur Pension 2020-02-10 - Divestiture
Stockholm, Sweden · www.futurpension.se
Link Logistics 2019-12-06 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Brøndby, Denmark · www.linklog.dk
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
Scandinavian Track Group AB 2019-01-23 - Trade Sale
Borlange, Sweden · www.trackgroup.se
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Building Materials - - 3 (7%) -
Business Services 2 (15%) - 3 (7%) -
Electrical Equipment - - 3 (7%) -
Consumer Products 1 (8%) - 2 (5%) -
Consumer Services - - 2 (5%) -
Energy Services and Equipment - - 2 (5%) -
Healthcare Services 2 (15%) - 2 (5%) -
Information Technology 1 (8%) - 2 (5%) -
Manufacturing - - 2 (5%) -
Technology Hardware 2 (15%) - 2 (5%) -
Transportation 1 (8%) - 2 (5%) -
Agriculture - - 1 (2%) -
Apparel/Textiles - - 1 (2%) -
Automotive - - 1 (2%) -
Chemicals - - 1 (2%) -
Construction - - 1 (2%) -
Distribution - - 1 (2%) -
E-Commerce - - 1 (2%) -
Education - - 1 (2%) -
Food 1 (8%) - 1 (2%) -
Insurance 1 (8%) - 1 (2%) -
Leisure - - 1 (2%) -
Machinery - - 1 (2%) -
Publishing - - 1 (2%) -
Retail - - 1 (2%) -
Safety/Security 1 (8%) - 1 (2%) -
Software 1 (8%) - 1 (2%) -
Total 13 - 41 -

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
Denmark 9 (69%) - 25 (61%) -
Sweden 3 (23%) - 14 (34%) -
United States 1 (8%) - 1 (2%) -
  New Hampshire 1 (8%) - 1 (2%) -
Japan - - 1 (2%) -
Domestic 9 (69%) - 25 (61%) -
Cross-border 4 (31%) - 16 (39%) -
Total 13 - 41 -

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 4 (31%) - 28 (68%) -
Growth Capital 5 (38%) - 5 (12%) -
Secondary Buyout 2 (15%) - 5 (12%) -
Divestiture 2 (15%) - 3 (7%) -
Total 13 - 41 -

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale 9 (32%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 8 (29%) 730M (100%)
Secondary Sale 8 (29%) -
Unknown 2 (7%) -
Sold to Management 1 (4%) -
Total 28 $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
Investor(s)
12%
5 (12%)
Strategic(s)
7%
3 (7%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
29%
8 (29%)
Strategic(s)
32%
9 (32%)

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