Exit for LEA Partners: Sale of wood CAD/CAM market leader SEMA to Bregal
Karlsruhe/ Munich — German technology investor LEA Partners and Danish IT investor VIA equity announced today that they are selling a majority stake in SEMA, the leading European CAD/CAM software solution in the field of timber construction and prefabricated buildings, to Bregal Unternehmerkapital. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.
SEMA, founded in 1984, provides joinery and prefabricated construction companies with solutions covering all activities related to wood and stair construction. On a uniform, easy-to-use program interface, the software offers applications such as 2D/3D CAD planning and design, photo-realistic visualization, quotation calculation and creation, as well as production plans and working drawings. In Germany, Austria, France, Italy and Switzerland, SEMA has a significant market share and a remarkable active customer base of more than 10,500 joinery and prefabricated construction companies.
VIA equity and LEA Partners had acquired the majority stake in SEMA in 2019 and have since supported the company in its mission to expand market leadership and achieve operational excellence. Under the new owners and thanks to its proven product and excellent customer relationships, SEMA had achieved significant sales and profit growth. As part of its investment strategy, SEMA broadened its leadership team, invested in its technology platform, acquired an ERP/CRM software company, and implemented several pricing and product bundle initiatives.
Alexander Neuss, CEO of SEMA: “Our collaboration with VIA and LEA over the past three years has really helped us to realize our full potential. Our investors’ extensive experience in the software market combined with deep business expertise has been a perfect strategic fit, enabling us to accelerate our growth and continue to deliver industry-leading services and innovation to our customers. I am extremely grateful for the collaboration and now look forward to continuing on our growth path and expanding into additional markets internationally.”
Christian Roth (photo, © LEA Partners), Managing Partner at LEA Partners: “We are very proud to have played a role in SEMA’s growth story over the last few years. During our collaboration, the SEMA team did an outstanding job and made the company a true software champion in its industry. Our team has thoroughly enjoyed helping Alexander and management drive strategy and growth, and we are confident that their dedication and drive will enable them to achieve many successes in the future.”
VIA equity and LEA Partners were advised by Houlihan Lokey, Noerr and Milbank on this transaction.
About LEA Partners
With currently EUR 460 million in commitments, LEA Partners, as an entrepreneurial equity partner, supports founders and management teams at different stages of development in their growth and achievement of a leading market position. Based in Karlsruhe, one of the largest technology clusters in Europe, LEA has managed investments in numerous technology companies since 2002. www.leapartners.de.