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Exit: Bayern Kapital and the founders sell TM3 Software to proLogistik

Photo: Monika Steger, Co-Mana­ging Direc­tor at Bayern­ka­pi­tal along­side Dr. Georg Ried in Landshut
8. Novem­ber 2022

Landshut/Regensburg — Bayern Kapi­tal, the foun­ders and all other inves­tors, have sold their shares in TM3 Soft­ware GmbH and thus reali­zed a success­ful exit. The Regen­s­­burg-based SaaS (Soft­­ware-as-a-Service) company offers an inno­va­tive enter­prise resource plan­ning system to improve the perfor­mance and func­tio­n­a­lity of wareh­ouse logistics for small and medium-sized enter­pri­ses. Bayern Kapi­tal, as an inves­tor specia­li­zing in suppor­ting parti­cu­larly inno­va­tive high-tech start-ups, was the first inves­tor to invest in the company back in 2009. The new owner of the 100 percent company shares is Dort­­mund-based proLo­gis­tik GmbH, a port­fo­lio company of enter­prise soft­ware inves­tor Elva­s­ton and a success­ful provi­der of hard­ware and soft­ware for intralogistics.

TM3 Soft­ware was foun­ded in 2008 as a spin-off of the Univer­sity of Regens­burg and offers profes­sio­nal logistics soft­ware for small and medium-sized retail compa­nies, full­film­ent provi­ders and online retailers. The specially deve­lo­ped SaaS solu­tion is based on state-of-the-art archi­tec­ture and a variety of adequate, smart func­tions for intel­li­gent wareh­ouse manage­ment. For example, TM3 takes over the real-time control of all logistics proces­ses, from purcha­sing dispo­si­tion and wareh­ouse logistics to ship­ping manage­ment and returns hand­ling, guaran­te­eing fast and flexi­ble adap­t­ation to new custo­mer requi­re­ments. The already exten­sive stan­dard soft­ware can also be expan­ded at any time to include indi­vi­du­ally desi­gned inter­faces from the areas of stores & market­pla­ces, payment & accoun­ting, and carri­ers & ship­ping service providers.

TM3 will become the sixth member of the proLo­gis­tik Group from Dort­mund, but will conti­nue to operate as an inde­pen­dent company from the Regens­burg location.

“With TM3, we have a new weighty part­ner at our side, with whom we are also further streng­t­he­ning our compe­ten­cies in the field of arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence (AI), Big Data, auto­ma­tion and e‑commerce within the pL Group,” says Jörg Sänger, CEO of proLo­gis­tik GmbH. “TM3’s solu­ti­ons follow our stra­tegy of estab­li­shing the stan­dard SaaS WMS space as a strong pillar of our port­fo­lio of offe­rings, enab­ling our custo­mers to digi­tize their logistics with pronoun­ced speed and ease.”

“The scala­bi­lity of TM3’s inno­va­tive logistics soft­ware already convin­ced us comple­tely in 2009,” says Monika Steger, Mana­ging Direc­tor of Bayern Kapi­tal. “Since our initial invest­ment, the company has seen consi­derable growth in custo­mers, sales and earnings and has deve­lo­ped into a strong part­ner for small and medium-sized compa­nies in logistics matters. We are proud to have suppor­ted the manage­ment team on this path and are plea­sed that the company’s loca­tion in Regens­burg will remain in Bava­ria under the new ownership.”

“We would like to express our sincere thanks to all inves­tors who have suppor­ted us in part­ners­hip on our joint growth path. A special thanks goes to our inves­tor of the first hour Bayern Kapi­tal, who already belie­ved in our vision shortly after the spin-off from the Univer­sity of Regens­burg and actively suppor­ted it as a reli­able part­ner throughout the entire period. With the proLo­gis­tik Group, we have now found a group of compa­nies with great poten­tial for syner­gies for the next growth steps, in which we can opti­mally contri­bute our compe­ten­cies in smart wareh­ouse manage­ment,” says Prof. Dr. Thomas Wölfl, Mana­ging Direc­tor of TM3 Soft­ware GmbH.

About Bayern Kapital

Bayern Kapi­tal GmbH, based in Lands­hut, is the venture/growth capi­tal company of the Free State of Bava­ria. It accom­pa­nies inno­va­tive high-tech compa­nies in the Free State through various growth phases, from seed to later stage, with equity capi­tal in the amount of 0.25 to 25 million euros. Bayern Kapi­tal often fills gaps in the VC sector in proven consor­tium constel­la­ti­ons with private inves­tors (busi­ness angels, family offices and corpo­rate ventures).

Bayern Kapi­tal mana­ges specia­li­zed invest­ment funds with a volume of around 700 million euros. Since its foun­da­tion in 1995 on the initia­tive of the state government, the wholly owned subsi­diary of LfA Förder­bank Bayern has so far inves­ted around 400 million euros of its own equity capi­tal in around 300 start-ups and scale-ups in sectors such as life scien­ces, soft­ware & IT, mate­ri­als & new mate­ri­als, nano­tech­no­logy and envi­ron­men­tal tech­no­logy. As a result, more than 8,000 jobs have been perma­nently crea­ted in Bava­ria in sustainable compa­nies. The active port­fo­lio curr­ently compri­ses over 80 companies.

Examp­les of nume­rous ground­brea­king success stories that Bayern Kapi­tal has been invol­ved in early on include EOS (today the world’s leading tech­no­logy provi­der in indus­trial 3D prin­ting of metals and plastics), Proglove, Fazua, SimS­cale, Scomp­ler, egym, Parcel­lab, Cobrai­ner, Quan­tum Systems, Casavi, Theva, Riskme­thods, Tubu­lis, Cata­lym, Immu­nic, Sirion and many more.
www.bayernkapital.de

About TM3 Software

Foun­ded in 2008 as a spin-off of the Univer­sity of Regens­burg, TM3 is a soft­ware company offe­ring an inno­va­tive inven­tory manage­ment system with a focus on wareh­ouse logistics for medium-sized retail compa­nies, full­film­ent provi­ders and online retailers. With TM3’s solu­ti­ons, small and medium-sized compa­nies receive perfor­mance and func­tio­n­a­lity that was previously unavail­able to this target group. TM3’s solu­ti­ons stream­line busi­ness proces­ses, opti­mize invent­ories and ther­eby reduce costs — sustainably and demons­tra­bly. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit: www.tm3-software.de

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