Halder acquires Drumag Fluidtechnik and EPH Elektronik

26. Septem­ber 2019

Frank­furt a. Main — Halder has acqui­red a majo­rity stake in Drumag Fluid­tech­nik in Bad Säckin­gen and EPH Elek­tro­nik in Besi­g­heim-Ottmar­s­heim as part of a succes­sion plan. In addi­tion to the two German sites, the group of compa­nies has acti­vi­ties in Switz­er­land and Lithua­nia. In 2018, the total of 145 employees gene­ra­ted sales of 22 million euros.

Drumag has over 100 years of expe­ri­ence in pneu­ma­tics, hydro­pneu­ma­tics, hydrau­lics and propor­tio­nal tech­no­logy. The company deve­lops, produ­ces and opti­mi­zes, in parti­cu­lar, appli­­­ca­­tion-speci­­fic systems in the areas of driving, control­ling and moving. EPH’s range of services includes, among other things, power and control elec­tro­nics in various designs through to rotary drive units inclu­ding motors and geared motors. The strength of the two compa­nies is the deve­lo­p­ment of complex solu­ti­ons for custo­­mer-speci­­fic appli­ca­ti­ons that require the highest precis­ion, relia­bi­lity and func­tion­a­lity in a confi­ned space.

The Group has exten­sive deve­lo­p­ment, design, labo­ra­tory and manu­fac­tu­ring capa­bi­li­ties. This starts with hard­ware and soft­ware engi­nee­ring and extends to assem­bly and system produc­tion. The custo­mer indus­tries include mecha­ni­cal engi­nee­ring, avia­tion, and the pack­a­ging, auto­ma­tion, and medi­cal tech­no­logy indus­tries. The Group supplies around 2,000 custo­mers, ranging from major inter­na­tio­nal corpo­ra­ti­ons to medium-sized busi­nesses. For many custo­mers, the compa­nies have been stra­te­gic deve­lo­p­ment part­ners for decades.

Growth poten­tial arises from the incre­asing demand for custo­mi­zed elec­­tro-mecha­­ni­­cal solu­ti­ons in drive tech­no­logy. The group of compa­nies is bene­fiting from the incre­asing auto­ma­tion of indus­trial produc­tion as part of the Indus­try 4.0 trend. In this way, the Group is to conti­nue its growth path with exis­ting and new custo­mers. Ulrich Zieg­ler, selling share­hol­der, said: “Halder has made it possi­ble for me to succeed as a share­hol­der. I am convin­ced that with Halder the group has the right part­ner to conti­nue the success story.” Phil­ipp Scheier (photo), Part­ner at Halder, added: “We were impres­sed by the tech­no­lo­gi­cal compe­ten­cies of the compa­nies. Halder will support the group’s further deve­lo­p­ment with full force.”

“We are deligh­ted to have Halder as an entre­pre­neu­rial part­ner who will nurture our highly moti­va­ted team and support us in our growth for the bene­fit of our custo­mers,” added Frank Kuttler, Mana­ging Direc­tor of Drumag. Stefan Schell­mann Mana­ging Direc­tor of EPH explai­ned: “With Halder as a strong finan­cial part­ner, we are expan­ding our possi­bi­li­ties. The aim is to be able to offer our custo­mers an even wider range of system solutions.”

Advi­sors to HALDER: CMS Hasche Sigle (Law: Dr. Oliver Wolfgramm)
Luther (Law/Finance: Chris­toph Schauenburg)
Deloitte (finance, tax, struc­tu­ring: Chris­tof Dreib­holz, Clemens Peter­sen), Estin (market due dili­gence: Marco Maeder, Philip Geiser)
Anthe­sis (Envi­ron­ment: Frank Schmidt)
Euro Tran­sac­tion Solu­ti­ons(Insu­rance: Jürgen Rein­schmidt) advised.

LGT Private Debt (deal team: Jona­than Smith, Felix Fink­ler) provi­ded the acqui­si­tion financing.

Halder has been active as an invest­ment company in the German-spea­king region since 1991 and during this time has provi­ded equity capi­tal to 40 medium-sized compa­nies for succes­sion and growth. Halder supports its port­fo­lio compa­nies in their inter­na­tio­nal expan­sion, in the further deve­lo­p­ment of their stra­tegy and busi­ness model, and in invest­ments to expand capa­city and finance acqui­si­ti­ons. The invest­ment in the group is the second invest­ment of the Halder VI fund. Halder (deal team: Phil­ipp Scheier, Jatin­der Pal Singh)

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