AURELIUS Growth Investments’ portfolio company Ringbeck acquires Klaus Hildebrandt AG

21.12.2022

AURELIUS Growth Investments’ portfolio company Ringbeck acquires Klaus Hildebrandt AG

  • Acquisition of a leading full-service provider of gardening and landscaping services, specialising in the installation of green roofs
  • The deal strengthens Ringbeck’s market positioning within Germany, gaining sites in Hamburg and Berlin
  • With the acquisition of Klaus Hildebrandt, Ringbeck-Group becomes Germany’s largest garden and landscaping contractor with a group-wide turnover of over €80 million

Grünwald, Hamburg, 21 December 2022 - Ringbeck, a portfolio company of AURELIUS Wachstumskapital SE & Co. KG ("AURELIUS Growth Investments"), has acquired Klaus Hildebrandt AG (Berlin). Klaus Hildebrandt is a provider of high-quality services within the gardening and landscaping sector, specialising in complex green roofing installations. The company has sites in Hamburg and Berlin, ensuring the acquisition will further expand the Ringbeck-Group’s presence in northern and eastern Germany. The management of Klaus Hildebrandt will continue to be carried out by Sebastian Hildebrandt, Marco De Santis and Stephan Hainz. All three managing directors retain a minority stake in Klaus Hildebrandt AG as part of the transaction. The transaction represents Ringbeck’s fifth add-on acquisition in under two years, underlining AURELIUS Growth Investments’ strategy of actively expanding portfolio companies through the targeted acquisition of market participants.

Nico Vitense, Managing Partner at AURELIUS Growth Investments, was delighted with the successful acquisition: “The existing management team at Klaus Hildebrandt has achieved impressive development and has managed to build the company into one of Germany’s leading gardening and landscaping contractors, with significant expertise in green roofing. We are proud that Ringbeck-Group will now become one of Germany’s largest garden and landscaping contractors as a result of this transaction.”

Wilhelm Ringbeck, CEO of Ringbeck GmbH, and Hendrik Hucke, CEO of Ringbeck Holding GmbH, commented: “We have known Klaus Hildebrandt for many years and are thrilled to welcome them to the Ringbeck-Group. Klaus Hildebrandt has a stellar nationwide reputation, and we are therefore very much looking forward to working with them.”

Sebastian Hildebrandt, Managing Director at Klaus Hildebrandt AG, added: “We value Ringbeck-Group as a long-standing, trusted player in the market. With the support of AURELIUS Growth Investments, we are confident that we can continue to scale the company sustainably and build upon our impressive historical growth. The team and I look forward to our collective future and upcoming collaboration.”

On behalf of AURELIUS Growth Investments, Managing Partner Nico Vitense and his team advised on the transaction. The team was supported by Bluemont Consulting (Markus Fränkel, Commercial Due Diligence), Ebner Stolz (Armand von Alberti, Financial and Tax Due Diligence) and Kuzaj Wittmann & Partner (Hans-Jörg Wittmann, Legal Due Diligence and Legal Advice).

Contact person on the transaction
Nico Vitense
Managing Partner

Philipp Scheik
Senior Investment Manager

Toni Büchsenmann
Investment Associate

About AURELIUS

AURELIUS is a pan-European alternative investment firm. Deep operational expertise and experience enable AURELIUS to accelerate value creation within its portfolio companies. The Group has offices in London, Luxembourg, Munich, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Madrid, Milan, Berlin, and Dusseldorf.

Our key investment platforms are AURELIUS European Opportunities fund IV and the listed AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA (ISIN: DE000A0JK2A8, Ticker Symbol: AR4), which specialise in corporate carve-out transactions and acquiring companies with development potential in the mid-market. The investment strategy’s core element is growth of its portfolio companies, supported by a team of almost 100 operating taskforce experts.

AURELIUS Group additionally operates in the areas of growth capital, real estate, and alternative lending solutions. AURELIUS Growth Investments participates in leveraged buyouts in mid-market succession situations. AURELIUS Real Estate Opportunities focuses on real estate investments, the value of which can be increased in the long-term by means of active management. AURELIUS Finance Company provides flexible lending solutions to firms across Europe.

As part of the AURELIUS Group, AURELIUS Growth Investments focuses on Buy-and-Build as well as buyouts and succession solutions. AURELIUS Growth Investments’ current portfolio comprises eleven platform companies. In addition to capital for investments and growth, AURELIUS Growth Investments supports the management of its portfolio companies through its extensive entrepreneurial experience and helps with realizing operational potential and the implementation of growth initiatives.