AURELIUS Growth Investments' Annual Review 2022
Looking back, AURELIUS Growth Investments (AGI) would like to reflect on the past year and briefly present our highlights for 2022.
We are very proud of our two platform investments, our first (very successful) exit as well as the eight add-on acquisitions we executed together. Of equal importance are the new additions we have made to our team who have been instrumental in helping us achieve our goals.
In July, the first platform investment of the year was made with Kanaltechnik DF-ING GmbH. DF-ING is a service provider focusing on the field of sewer rehabilitation. DF-ING's service portfolio includes the inspection and cleaning as well as the renovation and repair of sewer systems. The company uses a variety of procedures including specialized robotic systems and equipment which enable an efficient and precise renovation of a wide range of sewer damage. The company will be developed organically and inorganically within the framework of a buy & build concept and be formed into a leading group of companies throughout Germany. » Press release
As a second platform acquisition, MLS Lanny GmbH was acquired in August. MLS Lanny is a leading full-service provider in the field of valve technology for the laser industry. The service portfolio includes the entire value chain, from development to construction and manufacturing of high-precision control and high-pressure valves which are mainly used in the laser industry. MLS Lanny's well-established market position offers a strong platform for organic growth and inorganic development within a buy & build framework. » Press release
In September, Aerotec Europe GmbH including its subsidiary Airplane Equipment & Services A.E.S. was successfully sold to the financial investor Borromin Capital Fonds IV. The Aerotec Group is a leading European service company for the air cargo industry. The company’s core focus is the repair and maintenance of air cargo containers. Aerotec Group also provides certified maintenance and repair services for regulated passenger aircraft components. » Press release
connexta IT-services Group acquired Anduras AG via its subsidiary IF-Tech AG in April. Anduras focuses on planning, implementing, and maintaining network technology, including security solutions. » Press release
In June, Ringbeck Group acquired Roehse & Fischer GmbH & Co. KG. Similar to Ringbeck, Roehse & Fischer offers high-quality gardening and landscaping services. With its headquarters in Gütersloh, Roehse & Fischer ideally complements Ringbeck's existing locations in Oelde, Langenfeld, Bonn, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Nordenham. » Press release
In July, connexta undertook another acquisition with the purchase of Brinova Systemhaus GmbH. Brinova focuses on the planning, implementation and support of high-availability IT infrastructures. The acquisition of Brinova represents the sixth purchase in total of connexta to strengthen its market position in northern Germany. » Press release
Roundliner Group acquired Südplast Gruppe (namely Südplast GmbH as well as Czech PCM International SE) in August. Südplast offers customized industrial packaging solutions and has specialized in extrusion and confectioning as well as development of niche products such as box hoods and side and bottom-sealed bags. With its headquarters in Baiersbronn (GER) and a production facility in Zbraslav (Czech Republic), Südplast perfectly extends Roundliner’s existing locations in Forst, Cheb (Czech Republic), und Prijedor (Bosnia). » Press release
In August, the Ringbeck Group acquired its second add-on of 2022 with Flöter & Uszkureit Garten, Landschafts- und Sportplatzbau GmbH. The company offers high-quality services in gardening, landscaping and sports ground construction. In addition, the company operates in the field of sports field construction services. Flöter & Uszkureit has an attractive site in Berlin, which complements the Ringbeck Group’s existing locations. » Press release
The third add-on acquisition for Ringbeck Group was Klaus Hildebrandt AG, in December. Klaus Hildebrandt is a provider of high-quality services within the gardening and landscaping sector specializing 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. With the acquisition of Klaus Hildebrandt, Ringbeck-Group becomes Germany’s largest garden and landscaping contractor with a group-wide turnover of over EUR 80 million. The investment represents the fifth add-on acquisition in total of the Ringbeck Group. » Press release
With Renz Sicherheitstechnik GmbH & Co.KG, the G&N Group executed its fourth add-on acquisition in December. Like G&N, Renz Sicherheitstechnik offers high-quality services in the field of technical building equipment for fire alarm systems, security technology as well as IT and telecommunications technology. » Press release
The signing of the last add-on acquisition of the year was completed in December by the Better Taste Group. The company is a leading catering provider in the Rhine-Main metropolitan region and supplies fresh meals to schools, daycare centers and company cafeterias. The closing of the transaction is expected for February 2023.
Over the past year, not only has AGI´s portfolio grown considerably, but we have also welcomed eleven new team members.
Hendrik Bormann joined AGI as an Operating Partner in May 2022. Prior to that, Hendrik was CEO of DID Group, a portfolio company of AGI, and CFO and Managing Director of various industrial companies, including Bilfinger in Germany, Switzerland and the USA.
Dr. Philipp Klöcker complements AGI as an Operating Partner with a focus on rapid buy & build investments in the German midmarket since May 2022. Philipp has already worked at AURELIUS Equity Opportunities from 2018 – 2022 where he led the portfolio company AKAD University as Co-Managing Director into a successful exit. Prior to that, Philipp worked as a Strategy Consultant at Stern Steward & Co. and Booz & Company in Munich and Berlin.
Jonas Anochin strengthens the AGI team, having joined a second time in July 2022 as an Investment Manager. He was with AGI already from 2020 – 2021. In 2021, Jonas worked at Deloitte within Transaction Services as a Manager and started his professional career in 2016 in the medium-sized investment business at HANNOVER Finanz.
Florian Scheck joined AGI´s investment team as a Senior Investment Associate in January 2022. Previously, Florian worked at Deloitte in the field of business valuation and transaction consulting for six years.
Katharina Schüler supports AGI´s investment team as an Investment Associate since March 2022. Previously, Katharina worked for Nomura in Investment Banking (M&A) for more than two years.
Lukas Sauckel supports the AGI team as an Investment Analyst since February 2022. Previously, Lukas worked for two years at UniCredit in Investment Banking.
Dominik Fekete joined AGI as a Manager of Corporate Finance in July 2022 and is responsible for all financing matters. Previously, Dominik worked in the Acquisition Finance team of LBBW where he structured holistic, cash-flow oriented financing solutions for private equity investors.
Mariam Singer contributes to our team as the Head of Business Development since June 2022. Previously, Mariam worked for Ekkiden and Michael Page.
Pia Neugebauer supports us as an Assistant Project Manager Finance & Controlling since November 2022. Before joining AGI, Pia worked at BDO AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft in the Audit & Advisory department for almost four years.
Tamae Konishi supports the AGI Executive Board members in general and project-related administrative and organizational matters as Executive Assistant since February 2022. She also uses her experience from the areas of CEO assistance & event management for the planning of AGI& Group events.
Susanne Zivkovic supports AGI as a team assistant in the Finance & Law department since March 2022. Susanne gained previous experience in a law firm. Susanne is a certified paralegal.
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