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    Lampenwelt
    Germany / Private Equity

    Consumer

    Overview

    Lampenwelt is the #1 speciality online retailer of lighting products in Europe. It is headquartered in Germany, from where it distributes own-brand and third party products to customers all over Europe through 15 country-specific online shops.

    Lampenwelt differentiates itself from its competitors through an extensive range of over 45,000 products, in-depth product knowledge, excellent customer service and high product availability. The company generated €75m of sales in 2017, of which ~50% came from outside Germany, and has grown strongly in Germany and through a steady roll-out across Europe in recent years.

     

    Highlights

    • Via our Business Leaders Network we appointed Jochen Wilms, a seasoned expert in both the building supply and online industries
    • Supporting the business to further strengthen its position in Germany and further penetrate existing and additional international markets
    • We also introduced the operational Venture Capital fund Project A Ventures as minority investor to further improve Lampenwelt’s best-in-class digital capabilities
    "We are delighted to be partnering with 3i for the next stage in our growth story. 3i has extensive experience in the consumer sector and an impressive network which will help us enlarge our footprint in Europe." Thomas Rebmann, CEO, Lampenwelt

    Regulatory information 
    This transaction involved a recommendation of 3i Investments plc, advised by 3i Germany.

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    Magnitude
    North America / Private Equity

    Business & Technology Services

    Overview

    Magnitude is a leading provider of data management solutions to enable organisations and business users to more effectively access, extract and analyse data from various ERP, cloud-applications, and other IT systems.  The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas, with global operations in the US, Canada, the Netherlands, UK and India. It has over 1,400 customers, including 50% of the Fortune 100.

    The company has a portfolio of best-in-class products to unify fragmented data and deliver actionable insights for critical business decisions.  A few example applications include:

    • an analytics tools to enable a business analyst to extract and harmonize data from SAP ERP to provide real-time, actionable insights on bottlenecks in the supply chain,
    • a data integration tool to pull data from dispersed data systems sources into SAP Central Finance to enable a large enterprise to see all of their financial data in one place,
    • a connectivity driver to enable different applications that companies use (such as Marketto, Salesforce, or Cloudera) to connect to one-another. 

    3i invested in Magnitude in May 2019 and will look to accelerate the company’s global growth ambitions through new product development, investments in sales & marketing, and additional M&A. 

    Highlights

    • Growth tailwinds driven by the proliferation of data and increasing complexity of the enterprise software suit
    • Focus on innovation and new product development, with a number of recent new product launches
    • Buy-and-build platform with three acquisitions completed in the last 18 months
    • Global sales presence with more than a third of sales into Europe
    “The Magnitude executive team sought a strong financial sponsor and business partner with a global network, a heritage of backing world class companies and a systematic approach to international expansion. We found all that in 3i.” Chris Ney, Chairman & CEO, Magnitude

    Regulatory information 
    This transaction involved a recommendation of 3i Corporation, a US wholly owned subsidiary of 3i Group.

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    Q Holding
    North America / Private Equity

    Healthcare

    Overview

    Q Holding is a leading global manufacturer of highly-engineered, fully assembled medical devices and precision-molded elastomeric components used in a broad range of Life Sciences (medical and pharmaceutical) and Electrical Management (industrial, automotive and aerospace) applications. Headquartered in Ohio, it sells products in over 50 countries and has 13 manufacturing locations in North America, EMEA and Asia.

    Q Holding has built a strong reputation as the supplier of choice to provide high-quality mission critical components for medical and harsh environment applications. It has developed longstanding relationships with a broad range of blue-chip customers who value Q’s ability to design and develop customized solutions and manufacture globally.

    Highlights

    • Acquisitions of Degania Medical (Dec. 2016), a leading global manufacturer of catheters and other medical devices and Silicone Altimex (July 2015), a silicone provider of medical device components and pharmaceutical assemblies
    • Strong organic growth driven by favorable trends in medical (preference for minimally invasive therapies) and industrial / auto (content growth, connectivity, IoT) end markets
    • Global manufacturing footprint aligned with customers. New facilities in Mexico, supporting investments in Europe, China and India
    • Experienced management team with longstanding track record of driving innovation in product and service offering

    Regulatory information 
    Regulatory information: This transaction involved a recommendation of 3i Corporation, a US wholly owned subsidiary of 3i Group.

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    Royal Sanders
    Benelux / Private Equity

    Consumer

    Overview

    Royal Sanders is a leading European private label and contract manufacturing producer of personal care products. Its key geographies are the Benelux, Germany, France and the UK with plants in the Netherlands (Vlijmen), the UK (Preston and Bradford) and Belgium (Ieper).

    Main product categories include shampoo, bath and shower gels, body lotions and hand wash. The company sells its products through private label, contract manufacturing and own brands including Van Gils, Sanicur and Odorex.

    3i is investing alongside management to drive the company’s international growth strategy.

     

    Highlights 

    • Demonstrated a consistent and strong track record of profitable organic growth over the past 10 years, significantly outgrowing the market
    • Differentiates itself through its focus on quality and service, longstanding relationships with key customers and superior operational capabilities at its state-of-the-art facilities
    • Ready to drive consolidation in a fragmented industry with multiple potential buy-and-build opportunities across geographies
    We are delighted to be partnering with 3i. It has extensive experience in buy-and-build in private label, for example through its investment in European soft drinks bottler Refresco, and in growing companies internationally through its network of valuable industry experts in the consumer sector. Bart Hullegie, CEO, Royal Sanders

    Regulatory information 
    This transaction involved a recommendation of 3i Investments plc, advised by 3i Benelux.

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    Weener Plastics
    Germany / Private Equity

    Industrial

    Overview

    Weener Plastics (“WP”) is a leading manufacturer of innovative plastic packaging systems for fast moving consumer goods companies. WP supplies the world’s leading A-brands and private label players. WP focuses on the design, development and manufacturing of value added caps, valve closures and roll-on balls for the personal care, food and beverage, and home care market.

    We invested in WP in June 2015 and are supporting management to secure further sustainable growth using the existing innovation-led platform, investing in its successful international expansion strategy and continuing its operational improvement initiatives.

    Highlights

    • Using our international network, experience and capital to support WP’s growth through their buy-and-build strategy to expand into adjacent product categories and new geographies. WP acquired Proenfar, a leading Colombian plastic packaging manufacturer for the personal care and pharma end markets, in 2018
    • Customer portfolio includes Beiersdorf, Colgate-Palmolive, L’Oréal, Nestlé, P&G, Unilever and Homann
    • Excellent track record of growth
    • Introduced Niall Wall, former CEO of Ardagh as Chairman as well as Laurent Philippe, former president CEEMEA of P&G, and Knut Michelberger to the Supervisory Board as Non-Executive Directors via our Business Leaders Network
    "With the support of 3i, we will be able to take our company’s development to the next level by fostering growth, expanding our global footprint, continuing to build our innovation leadership and further improving the efficiency and effectiveness of our operations." Roel Zeevat, CEO, Weener Plastics

    Regulatory information 
    This transaction involved a recommendation of 3i Investments plc, advised by 3i Germany.

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