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    Havea Group
    France / Private Equity

    Healthcare

    Overview

    Havea Group is a leader in the Natural Consumer Healthcare industry in Europe. It manufactures, designs and distributes a wide range of products from functional and natural food supplements, to natural personal care products for babies and women through its world class plant in France. Havea is well positioned due to its multi-distribution channel strategy and owns several well-known brands including Vitarmonyl, Biolane, Manhaé, Ultrabiotique, Naturémoi and acquired Aragan / Synactifs and Suvéal Duo brands respectively in 2017 and 2018 to strengthen Havea's presence in the pharmacy channel.

    Since inception, Havea has grown year double digit each year organically and is well positioned to benefit from the consolidation taking place in this highly fragmented market and will continue to expand its international footprint in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

    Highlights

    • Strong future organic growth expected stemming from global mega trends in natural healthcare and well-being
    • Introduced Philippe Charrier, a seasoned leader in the FMCG and Natural Consumer Healthcare, as President and CEO via our Business Leaders Network
    • Supporting the management team to implementing a complete digital strategy
    • Supporting M&A opportunities using our global network and strong experience which led to the acquisitions of Aragan within a few months of our ownership and Densmore in July 2018
    "3i is a great partner for Havea. Its values and approach really fit well with our entrepreneurial approach. The team constantly looks for growth while keeping the right balance with operational performance improvement, robustness and digitalization of the core processes. In 2 years with 3i we have doubled the size of the Group and made 3 acquisitions including my own company." Nicolas Brodetsky, CEO, Havea

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

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    Herambiente
    Other / Infrastructure

    Utilities

    Overview

    Herambiente is the Italian leader in the waste treatment and disposal sector. The company owns and operates a portfolio of c.80 waste treatment facilities, mostly located in the Emilia Romagna. The plants include landfills, waste to energy plants, anaerobic digestion and other waste sorting facilities.

    Herambiente’s revenues originate primarily from waste treatment and disposal and from sale of the resulting by-products, including electricity from incineration, biogas from landfills and recycled materials. In 2016, Herambiente treated c. 1.7m tons of urban waste, 4.7m tons of special waste and produced 161,455,167kWh of electricity.

    Investment rationale

    • Strong market position in its home region of Emilia Romagna and more broadly in Northern and Central Italy.
    • The large plants portfolio provides technology diversification and exposure to increased recycling across Europe.
    • The highly fragmented market offers significant consolidation opportunities.
    • The expertise and environmental permits required to build new facilities provide significant barriers to entry.

    Regulatory information 
    This transaction involved a recommendation of 3i Investments plc.

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    I.C.E
    North America / Private Equity

    Business & Technology Services

    Overview

    I.C.E is a global provider of technology-based B2B2C travel-based loyalty and reward solutions for organisations such as Carnival, American Express, USAA and Diamond Resorts.

    The Company has developed a network business model that enables leading brands to offer loyalty programmes that provide customers with unmatched value on all travel products (e.g. cruise, hotel, resort, etc.)  ICE also partners with leading travel suppliers to generate incremental travel bookings from members of its loyalty programmes.

    ICE employs over 2,600 staff and is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona with additional offices in Australia, UK, Portugal, India, Mexico, New Zealand and the Philippines.

    Highlights

    • Strong underlying market growth in cruise and rewards-based travel and tailwinds from increased use of loyalty programmes
    • Partnered with the Founders to accelerate international growth and support strategic initiatives
    • Transformative acquisition of SOR Technology, a leading provider in digital travel subscriptions
    • Strategic partnership with Lateral, a travel-focused software development firm, to accelerate platform development
    • Added to the senior management team with new CMO and VP of Finance roles
    • Introduced Marty Cole, former Chief Executive of Accenture Technology, as Chairman, and Jorge Boone, former SVP of Partner Brands at RCI (largest brand partner) and World Travel Holdings (largest competitor) as a Board Director
    “We are delighted to be partnering with 3i and believe the team is well-suited to assist our business in continuing to grow and scale. 3i has a proven track record in the travel industry and an impressive international network which will be of great value to I.C.E.” John Rowley, Co-Founder & CEO, I.C.E

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

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    Infinis
    UK / Infrastructure

    Utilities

    Overview

    Infinis is the largest generator of electricity from landfill gas in the UK, with a portfolio of 121 landfill sites and total installed capacity of over 300MW.

    Recent developments

    The business has performed well operationally and financially since our acquisition in December 2016, although long-term power price forecasts have decreased. As expected in our investment case, Infinis was a strong contributor to the Company’s income in the period, counter-balancing some other growth-orientated businesses in the portfolio.

    Good progress has been made identifying opportunities to exploit the business’s spare engine and grid connection capacity. Together with the management team, we are reviewing projects in non-landfill gas generation activities, with 30MW of reserve power generation now under development. The Company has agreed to provide further equity of £12 million to support these projects.

    In August 2017, Infinis appointed Tony Cocker as Chairman of the Board and Scott Longhurst as Non-executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee. Tony was previously CEO of E.ON UK. Scott is currently Group Finance Director at AWG and Managing Director of AWG’s non-regulated business.

    In March 2018, 3i Infrastructure plc announced a follow-on investment of c. £125 million to fund Infinis’s acquisition of Alkane Energy, an independent power generator from both coal mine methane and Reserve Power operations and the largest generator from CMM in the UK.

    Regulatory information 
    This transaction involved a recommendation of 3i Investments plc.

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    Ionisos
    France / Infrastructure

    Social Infrastructure

    Overview

    Ionisos is a leading owner and operator of cold sterilisation facilities servicing the medical, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries.  Established in 1993 in Civrieux, France, Ionisos is the third largest cold sterilisation provider globally and operates a network of 11 facilities in Europe with market leading positions in France and Spain. It has over 200 employees and a highly diversified customer base of more than 1,000 customers.

    Ionisos delivers a mission-critical, non-discretionary service for the medical, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries for whom cold sterilisation is an essential component of the manufacturing process. It is typically applied to single use products that would be damaged by the heat and/or humidity of hot sterilisation methods.

    Investment Rationale

    3i Infrastructure acquired Ionisos in September 2019, having committed to invest in July 2019.

    • Diversification of 3i Infrastructure’s sector exposure and increased presence in the French market
    • Sound market fundamentals with non-cyclical drivers, including an ageing population in Western Europe
    • Growing demand for healthcare services increasingly relying on single use medical equipment
    • Increasingly stringent regulation governing the sterilisation of medical, pharmaceutical and cosmetics products
    • High barriers to entry
    • Platform potential with growth opportunities organically and through M&A
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    JMJ Associates
    North America, UK / Private Equity

    Business & Technology Services

    Overview

    JMJ Associates is a US-headquartered, leading, global safety training and consulting firm with a focus on supporting multinational companies with complex capital programmes and operations. The business works with clients to significantly enhance their workplace safety and their project and organisational team performance through behavioural and cultural transformation.

    JMJ has a substantial international presence and future growth will come from its strong underlying end-markets, the increasing complexity and size of major capital projects, rising global spending on workplace safety and continued growth in the utilisation of external expertise in safety and project execution services.

    Highlights

    • Via our Business Leaders Network we introduced Pete Regan, who has unique experience in consulting and safety businesses, as Chairman
    • Moved to a full partnership structure in 2015
    • Using our international network to identify and support further growth opportunities

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

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    Joulz
    Benelux / Infrastructure

    Energy

    Overview

    Joulz is a leading owner and provider of essential energy infrastructure equipment and services in the Netherlands. It leases essential energy infrastructure equipment and meters to a large and diversified customer base of industrial, commercial and public sector customers. It has two business units: Infrastructure Services and Metering.


    The Infrastructure Services business owns and leases medium voltage electricity infrastructure such as transformers, switchgear and cables under long-term contracts. The Metering business owns and leases approximately 50,000 electricity and gas meters for non-household customers under medium term contracts.

    Investment Rationale

    3i Infrastructure acquired Joulz in April 2019, having committed to invest in March 2019.

    • Strong established asset base as well as good potential for growth
    • Joulz is set to benefit from the Dutch government’s commitment to decarbonise the economy (the ‘Energy Transition’)
    • The Energy Transition is expected to increase electricity consumption and demand for Joulz’s equipment and services
    • 3i Infrastructure has relevant experience from investing in the Netherlands and previous investments in the electricity and leasing sectors

    Regulatory information 
    This transaction involved a recommendation of 3i Investments plc.

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    KINOLT
    Benelux / Private Equity

    Industrial

    Overview

    Belgium-headquartered KINOLT was established in 1989. The Company designs, manufactures and maintains Dynamic Uninterruptable Power Supply systems for top-tier customers in EMEA, the Americas and Asia Pacific through its worldwide network of 13 subsidiaries and over 40 distributors.

    KINOLT has seen significant international expansion through the success of its unique NO-BREAK KS® DRUPS systems which ensure that its customers are immediately protected from power supply failures. This is a mission-critical product for its customers, which include data centres, hospitals, airports, banks, road and railway tunnels.

    Highlights

    • Technological leader position sustained through the expansion of its international sales organisation, and continued investment in product innovation
    • Our extensive international experience and contacts in the sector supports KINOLT’s ambitious international growth agenda
    • Introduced Peter Grosch as Chairman and Mike Tobin OBE as Non-Executive Director via our Business Leaders Network

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

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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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    Oystercatcher
    Singapore, Benelux, Other / Infrastructure

    Transport & logistics

    Overview

    Oystercatcher is the holding company through which 3i Infrastructure plc holds 45% interests in five subsidiaries of Oiltanking, located in Belgium, Malta, the Netherlands and Singapore. These businesses provide over five million cubic metres of oil, petroleum and other oil-related storage facilities and associated services to a broad range of clients, including private and state oil companies, refiners, petrochemical companies and traders.

    Recent developments

    The five terminals all performed well in the period, generating EBITDA in line with or ahead of budgeted levels. Each terminal enjoys a strong position in its market and benefits from Oiltanking’s reputation for excellent service standards. Capacity at each location remains substantially let.

    In Singapore, favourable conditions underpin the terminal’s key activity, which is gasoline storage and provision of associated services. During the period, a new marine jetty entered operation. This additional jetty capacity will improve customer turnaround times and further cement the competitive position of the terminal.

    Customer demand for capacity generally remains strong, but we have seen some softening of demand for storage of certain product types.

    Regulatory information 
    This transaction involved a recommendation of 3i Investments plc.

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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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    Schlemmer
    Germany / Private Equity

    Industrial

    Overview

    Schlemmer is a global leader in cable management solutions for the automotive industry. It develops and produces cable protection, as well as air and fluid handling systems, for automotive and commercial applications. Schlemmer offers a well-diversified product portfolio and operates a global manufacturing network.

    We are working with the Schlemmer team to build on the company’s strength in Europe and Asia and further grow its global footprint by strengthening its presence in the US market through organic expansion and select add-on acquisitions.

    Highlights

    • Via our Business Leaders Network we introduced Günter Hauptmann and Knut Michelberger as Non-Executive Directors
    • Cable management sector is well-positioned to take advantage of megatrends such as connectivity, e-mobility, and autonomous driving and safety
    • Since 3i‘s investment, the company has further professionalised its governance & compliance systems and financial reporting, including the introduction of additional staff and new software tools
    "We are delighted to be partnering with 3i for the next stage in our global growth story. I’m convinced that Schlemmer will greatly benefit from 3i’s deep experience and strong track record in the automotive industry, as well as from its international network." Josef Minster, CEO, Schlemmer

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

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    Smarte Carte
    North America / Infrastructure

    Transport & logistics

    Overview

    Headquartered in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, Smarte Carte is a leading supplier and manager of vended equipment in the travel and leisure industry. The company owns and manages baggage carts as the sole provider in 125 locations (including 49 of the top 50 airports in the U.S.). The company also owns and manages lockers and other consumer-rental equipment in amusement parks, fitness clubs, shopping malls and ski resorts.

    Investment rationale

    • Market leader across multiple product segments.
    • The aging population demographic, increasing international travel, growth in leisure travel and an increasing middle class are driving growth of the market.
    • Greg Hart, Chief Operating Officer for United Airlines, joined as a non-executive director to help guide the company’s future growth.
    • Partner with management to grow company’s global footprint, especially in Europe through our established track record in the airport sector with Belfast City Airport and TCR.

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

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    Tampnet
    Norway / Infrastructure

    Communications

    Tampnet

    Tampnet is the leading independent offshore communications network operator in the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. It is headquartered in Norway, with operations in the UK, Scandinavia and the USA.

    Tampnet provides high speed, low latency and resilient data connectivity offshore through an established and comprehensive network of fibre optic cables, 4G base stations, and microwave links. It operates across four main business areas: fixed installations, mobile rigs and vessels, roaming for offshore workers and international carriers. The majority of its business involves providing fixed fibre links to oil platforms.

    Investment rationale

    3i Infrastructure acquired 50% of Tampnet in March 2019 alongside Danish pension fund ATP, having committed to invest in July 2018.

    • Tampnet’s fibre optic links provide customers with mission-critical reliable communications
    • Benefits from the growing requirement for high bandwidth and low latency in data networks
    • More than 50 customers including oil and gas operators, offshore service providers and telecom operators
    • Opportunity to grow into new segments such as offshore wind, commercial vessels and the point-to-point carrier segment

    Regulatory information 
    This transaction involved a recommendation of 3i Investments plc.

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