Frankfurt am Main — Halder has acquired a majority stake in Anker Kassensysteme GmbH in Bielefeld as part of a management buy-out. The management participates in the transaction and becomes a co-partner. The long-established company was founded in 1876 and since then has been a provider of hardware and solutions for the point of sale, distinguished by quality, security, flexibility and innovative strength.
The company’s product portfolio includes cash boxes in particular, but also cash drawers and poles. With over 600,000 cash cassettes installed, Anker is the market leader for cash cassettes in the DACH region. The company supports customers from the retail, drugstore, food service, bakery, service station and healthcare industries with both standard and customized solutions.
The company, which is rich in tradition, most recently achieved annual sales of 13 million euros and employs 70 people. Growth potential arises from the continued increase in demand for POS products such as cash cassettes, cash drawers and poles, particularly in the retail sector. In order to benefit from changing requirements and trends in the checkout area, Anker is expanding its product range and developing into a full-service provider for the point-of-sale. In addition, the market presence in Europe is to be expanded, particularly in Poland, France, Italy, Spain and the Nordics.
“With Halder we have a very experienced and entrepreneurial partner at our side who will successfully accompany the further development and sustainable growth of Anker. We would like to thank the Anker team for their extraordinary performance over the past years, which contributed significantly to the successful transaction, and look forward to the further development of Anker together with Halder and our team,” said Dr. Fabian Schühle, Managing Director Anker Kassensysteme GmbH. Mathias Fackelmeyer (photo), Managing Partner at Halder: “The development of the last years and especially the successful business model together with the very committed and motivated management have tipped the scales in favor of our commitment. Halder is pleased to be able to continue the growth course it has embarked on in the future through our contribution.” The acquisition of Anker is the fourth investment made by the Halder team in 2019.
Advisors Halder: McDermott Will & Emery, Munich
Dr. Tobias Koppmann, Dr. Carsten Böhm (both Private Equity), Dr. Oliver Hahnelt (Corporate Finance, Frankfurt), Nina Siewert (Tax Law, Frankfurt), Steffen Woitz (Intellectual Property), Dr. Thomas Gennert (Labor Law, Düsseldorf), Dr. Nadine Hartung (Counsel, Private Equity), Marcus Fischer (Counsel, Tax Law, Frankfurt), Nikolas Koutsós (Counsel, Corporate Finance, Frankfurt); Associates: Benedikt Gloßner, Frank Weiß (both Corporate Law), Daniel Reich, Dr. Richard Gräbener (both Intellectual Property Law), Colin Winterberg (Labor Law, Düsseldorf), Dr. Heiner Feldhaus (Real Estate Law, Düsseldorf).
Halder invests in established medium-sized companies: companies with a turnover of up to € 400 million and a positive earnings situation. Halder usually takes over the majority of the capital, usually as part of a management buy-out. You can be successful in many industries — the decisive factor is a strong competitive position. Experience shows that market leaders and dominant niche players have competent management, sustainable advantages over the competition, and their key figures for past years demonstrate positive development. Observing these criteria is the best prerequisite for MBO managers and Halder to achieve their common goal: a long-term increase in the value of the company.