Monaghan Mushrooms acquires 100% of Walkro, a leading producer of substrate for the mushroom industry


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Irish company Monaghan Mushrooms has agreed to acquire all shares of Walkro held by Gimv and Walkro’s management.

Walkro ( was founded in Belgium in 1991 and has grown into one of the largest producers of substrate for the mushroom industry. Walkro produces 8,500 tons of substrate per week at its production facilities in Maasmechelen (Belgium), Blitterswijck (the Netherlands) and Wallhausen (Germany). With more than 235 employees, Walkro sources its own raw materials (mainly horse and poultry manure), produces best in class substrate and takes care of transport to mushroom growers all over the world.

At the end of 2011, Walkro was acquired by operating partner Monaghan Mushrooms, together with financial investor Gimv and Walkro’s management team. Since then, Walkro’s turnover has grown to just over EUR 75 million (2017), making Walkro one of the largest producers of mushroom substrate in the world. Today, co-shareholder Monaghan buys out both Gimv and management, becoming the group’s sole shareholder.

In the new structure, Walkro will remain focused on producing high-quality mushroom substrate for independent growers around the world. The Walkro management underlines its confidence in the new structure by acquiring shares on Monaghan level. The current statutory management of Walkro, consisting of Eric Houben (CEO) and Peter Fijneman (CFO), will be responsible for all European substrate activities within the Monaghan group in similar positions, which has a total size of 15,000 tons of mushroom substrate per week. Eric Houben will also become a board member of Monaghan Mushrooms.

Monaghan Mushrooms ( is one of the world’s largest substrate and mushroom companies. The company is a ‘spore to store’ vertically integrated agribusiness meaning that it produces substrate for the cultivation of mushrooms and grows, harvests and packs quality and fresh mushrooms before delivering its mushrooms directly to its customers, some of the largest international retailers. The company is owned by the Wilson family (Ireland). Monaghan employs more than 3,500 employees and is headquartered in County Monaghan, Ireland. The group further has operations in Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany.

Over the entire holding period, the investment in Walkro generated a return above Gimv’s long-term average return. No further financial details will be disclosed.

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Karel Oomsstraat 37, 2018 Antwerpen, Belgium

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Bridgepoint sells AHT Cooling Systems to Daikin


AHT, the global market leader in commercial plug-in refrigeration equipment for food retailers, is to be sold by private equity group Bridgepoint to Daikin Europe N.V., a subsidiary of Daikin Industries Ltd of Japan.

Headquartered in Austria, with a presence in over 100 countries, AHT’s core products are ‘plug-in’ supermarket refrigeration cabinets. Plug-in refrigerators are the fastest growing segment in commercial refrigeration, replacing centralised remote systems as a result of lower total cost of ownership and speed of installation. The company has an installed base of over one million units. AHT’s contracts are based around the provision of comprehensive installation and maintenance services alongside the products themselves. It has four manufacturing sites in Austria, China, Brazil and USA.

Bridgepoint acquired the business in November 2013. In 2017 the company had €481m net sales and has achieved 12% compound revenue growth over last 10 years.

Michael Davy, partner at Bridgepoint and Chairman of AHT, said: “AHT has been transformed from a largely Europe-focused business into a global leader in its segment with a growing presence in a number of attractive international markets. It has been at the forefront of the refrigeration industry’s move away from remote built-in systems to plug-in units which customers find easier to install or relocate, are lower cost to operate, and are typically more environmentally friendly than traditional systems. We wish the company continued success under a new owner as it continues to expand geographically and enlarges further its product portfolio.”

Under Bridgepoint ownership there was significant investment in the business including over €70 million of capital expenditure in the last three years alone for the development of new products, expanding the manufacturing facility in Austria and setting up new production sitesin Brazil and the US. AHT also expanded its operations in China, where its production capability has enabled the group to reduce manufacturing costs, while continuing to grow market share in Europe.

Plug-in refrigeration is forecast to continue to outperform the wider global refrigeration market as a result of increased adoption, the replacement cycle of its installed base and growth in the consumption of frozen and chilled foods.

Frank Elsen, chief executive of AHT, added: “We have developed strongly since Bridgepoint invested over four years ago and we’ve become a leader in our market. Our ambitions do not end here and we welcome Daikin as our new shareholder. We will now be alongside a partner who knows and understands our business well. They will support us in our strategy of innovation and further internationalisation, especially in emerging markets, allowing us to take AHT’s technology and after-sales service to new customers in our key target markets of Asia and Latin America.”

Masatsugu Minaka, President of Daikin Europe, said: “With the acquisition, Daikin is adding AHT showcases to its own wide  range of products, services and solutions based on its air conditioning and refrigeration equipment. This will enable Daikin to become a one-stop provider, offering complete coordination of air conditioning and refrigeration products. The refrigeration and freezer business is a highly social issue as it contributes to one of the crucial world challenges of food preservation and food waste reduction, especially faced in developing countries. The refrigeration business presents great opportunities for us to utilise the advanced technologies we have cultivated including energy saving, inverters and refrigerant control.”

For Bridgepoint, advisers involved in this transaction included: JP Morgan (M&A), PwC (financial/tax), Freshfields (legal)

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Dutch TecSource finds new partner in Nordian Capital to realise growth strategy

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Nordian Capital has acquired a majority interest in Dutch TecSource (DTS), a leading international provider of specialized machines and solutions for the food processing industry.

DTS ( has over the course of more than 30 years developed a strong market position in the production of thermal food processing equipment. With its product knowledge, engineering skills and outstanding manufacturing capabilities the company has specialized in processing equipment based on auger technology. With this capability the company has a leading position in the potato processing industry, especially with its screw blanching equipment. In addition, DTS has realized its successes in some other food segments, including a wide range of vegetables, soybeans, mushrooms, shrimps, cranberries & blueberries. For all these industries, DTS develops and delivers (unique) processing techniques, sophisticated processing lines and auger technologies for internal transport.

Nordian Capital will support DTS in further expanding its market positions in the full range of food segments. DTS is delighted with this new partnership with Nordian Capital. DTS founders Rob van Beem and Justin Wakker will remain actively involved with the company as shareholders and advisors. The current management team, consisting of Marcel van de Pol, Peter van der Stouwe and Jeroen Oostveen will partner alongside Nordian to shape the future of Dutch TecSource.

CEO of DTS, Marcel van de Pol: “Over the last years we’ve grown the business into a wider range of segments, whilst maintaining our focus on auger technologies. Now is the moment to expand that approach more internationally and to a next level. With Nordian the basis is formed for further growth in new markets and segments.”

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THE CARLYLE GROUP completes acquisition of a majority stake in CODORNÍU

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Barcelona, 31 October 2018 –Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG), today announced that it has completed the acquisition of c. 68% of the shares in Unideco S.A., the parent company of Codorníu. The transaction, which was announced by the company on 28 June, 2018, has completed after receiving the required regulatory approvals. Equity for this investment came from Carlyle Europe Partners IV, a mid-large capital buyout fund.

Codorníu, the oldest family-owned cava producer in Spain, is a symbol of continuity and loyalty to its origins. The company has five centuries of history and experience that combine tradition and modernity, resulting in a winery that is able to innovate and respond to increasing demand for exceptional quality cavas and wines. With 10 wineries in Spain, Argentina and California and over 3,000 hectares of vineyards, Codorníu is a world leader in viticulture and oenological knowledge.


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Barcelona, 28 June 2018 – The Codorníu Raventós Group has signed an exclusivity agreement for the sale of a majority stake in the company to funds managed by The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG). The transaction values the company at 390 million euros and is expected to close at the end of the year subject to confirmatory due diligence and regulatory approvals. Equity for this investment will come from Carlyle Europe Partners, a mid-large capital buyout fund..

Ms. Mar Raventós, current Chairwoman of Codorníu, is pleased with the agreement through which Carlyle will acquire a majority holding in the Catalan company and said: “This agreement will help boost the company overseas and consolidate and give continuity to our strategy centered on building valuable and prestigious brands.” Raventós added: “after analyzing various options we have reached consensus, agreeing on a solution which has a lot of potential and takes a long-term view on leadership for the company”.

With Carlyle’s future partnership there is clearly an opportunity for the Codorníu Raventós Group to continue to improve its performance and results. This year the company expects to close its fiscal year with an EBITDA of 26 million euros, a significant improvement on the previous year’s results and fully in line with the company’s long term strategic plan.

Carlyle has a long tradition of successful partnerships with family businesses, supporting their growth and expansion. Alex Wagenberg, Managing Director, Carlyle Europe Partners, said; “Codorníu Raventós is an exceptional company, poised for global leadership in the cava and wine industry. The company has a number of first class brands, which are well positioned in the market. We hope to build on this successful trajectory by supporting the company with growing its global footprint, both organically and through acquisitions, and to further enhance its position in quality wines. We are proud to support a business with such a strong history and heritage.”

The Codorníu Raventós group, the oldest family-owned cava-producer in Spain, is a symbol of continuity and loyalty to its origins and innovation. The company has five centuries of history and experience that combine tradition and modernity, resulting in a winery that is able to innovate and respond to increasing demands for exceptional quality cavas and wines. With 10 wineries in Spain, Argentina and California and over 3,000 hectares of vineyards, Codorníu is a world leader in viticulture and oenological knowledge.

About The Carlyle Group

The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) is a global alternative asset manager with $212 billion of assets under management across 339 investment vehicles as of September 30, 2018. Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, many of whom are public pensions. Carlyle invests across four segments – Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Credit and Investment Solutions – in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America. Carlyle has expertise in various industries, including: aerospace, defense & government services, consumer & retail, energy, financial services, healthcare, industrial, real estate, technology & business services, telecommunications & media and transportation. The Carlyle Group employs more than 1,625 people in 31 offices across six continents.


About Carlyle Europe Partners

Carlyle Europe Partners (CEP) seeks to invest in mid-large sized companies in Europe across a wide range of sectors and industries, to accelerate their growth and to support their efforts to expand internationally. The current fund is now the fourth in the CEP franchise. A team of 39 investment professionals manages the fund across five offices. Recent family partnerships by the fund include Saverglass (France), Logoplaste (Portugal), Cupa Group (Spain).

For more information:

The Carlyle Group Press Office Spain – Kreab
Oscar Torres
Mobile. +34 685 929 026 – T. +34 91 702 71 70

The Carlyle Group
Katarina Sallerfors
Tel: +44 (0)20 7894 3554

Catherine Armstrong
Tel: +44 (0)20 7894 1632

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Altamir to invest via the Apax France IX fund in the Italian company AEB Group


AEB Group, a worldwide leader in biotechnological ingredients for wine, food and beverage.

Paris, 21 September 2018 – As announced in our press release dated 5 September, a new transaction has been signed by Apax Partners SAS: the acquisition from SK Capital of 100% of the Italian company AEB Group, a worldwide leader in biotechnological ingredients and related services for wine, food and beverage. The company’s management will reinvest alongside Apax Funds.

Leveraging their expertise in biotechnology and oenology, AEB Group offers custom solutions based on more than 600 proprietary products and specialty equipment, especially designed for the wine, beer, juice, cider and food industry.

With a unique coverage across 5 continents, AEB Group employs more than 300 persons, including 170 agents and sales representatives in 13 countries. The company has 8 production units, 4 R&D laboratories and 7 quality control laboratories globally and collaborates with more than 20 universities and research institutes to foster continuous innovation. In 2017, the company generated revenues of nearly €100 million.

The company’s objective is to pursue its international expansion by leveraging the existing worldwide sales and agents network and to conduct an ambitious buy and build strategy.

Financial terms of the transaction are not disclosed. Closing of the transaction is expected in the beginning of October.

Altamir’s investment is expected to be in the region of €35m based on the upper limit of its commitment in the Apax France IX fund.

About Altamir

Altamir is a listed private equity company (Euronext Paris-B, ticker: LTA) founded in 1995 and with almost €800m in assets under management. Its objective is to provide shareholders with long term capital appreciation and regular dividends by investing in a diversified portfolio of private equity investments.

Altamir’s investment policy is to invest via and with the funds managed by Apax Partners SAS and Apax Partners LLP, two leading private equity firms that take majority or lead positions in buyouts and growth capital transactions and seek ambitious value creation objectives.

In this way, Altamir provides access to a diversified portfolio of fast-growing companies across Apax’s sectors of specialisation (TMT, Consumer, Healthcare, Services) and in complementary market segments (mid-sized companies in French-speaking European countries and larger companies across Europe, North America and key emerging markets).

Altamir derives certain tax benefits from its status as an SCR (“Société de Capital Risque”). As such, Altamir is exempt from corporate tax and the company’s investors may benefit from tax exemptions, subject to specific holding-period and dividend-reinvestment conditions.

For more information:


Agathe Heinrich

Tel: +33 1 53 65 01 74


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Scanship signs contract with Atlantic Sapphire



Scanship has signed a contract with Billund Aquakulturservice for the delivery of a sludge handling system to Atlantic Sapphire – the world’s largest onshore salmon fishfarm based in Miami. Atlantic Sapphire’s facility will be built in several steps and the Scanship contract includes supplying its “environmental protection and circular economy” technology for the first step.

Atlantic Sapphire’s facility will be the worlds largest with an annual production capacity of 90.000 tonn when completed.

“With this milestone contract, we are now in all three segments of a growing aquaculture market for smolt, seabased closed cage and landbased farms”, says CEO in Scanship Henrik Badin.

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TowerBrook signs definitive agreement for sale of Wilton Brands

New York – September 10, 2018 – TowerBrook Capital Partners L.P. (“TowerBrook”), an international investment management firm, today announced the sale of Wilton Brands, a baking, cake decorating and candy making brand, to Dr. August Oetker KG (“Dr. Oetker”). Financial terms were not disclosed, and the transaction is expected to close by the end of the year.

Dr. Oetker is a Germany based, privately held, global food and beverage company, which includes baking products and baked goods. Both companies were family-founded and share a long and rich heritage in baking.

The sale to Dr. Oetker positions Wilton Brands to draw on both companies’ strengths and combined knowledge as the business continues to grow and innovate for the benefit of customers, retail partners and employees. Wilton’s product portfolio and strong brand makes it a compelling fit for Dr. Oetker as the company accelerates its expansion in the U.S.

Since TowerBrook acquired Wilton Brands in 2009, the company re-focused on its baking and food core while successfully divesting non-core businesses. Wilton products can be found on shelves at Walmart, Target, Michael’s, Kroger and grocers across the U.S., as well as on Amazon, and are distributed through partners on every continent.

Wilton Brands will remain headquartered in Naperville, Illinois and will be run as a division within the broad portfolio of companies owned by Dr. Oetker. Sue Buchta will remain in her role as CEO of Wilton Brands.

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HENDRIX GENETICS ramps up investment in US| NPM CAPITAL

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NPM Capital

Hendrix Genetics has substantially expanded and upgraded its US facilities, including its turkey hatcheries and prawn and trout farms. These investments will help the global leader in animal genetics to significantly strengthen its position in the US market.

Highest-quality turkeys

The company has invested tens of millions of dollars in the construction of two new hatcheries and various new egg production facilities. In addition, Hendrix Genetics has purchased new state-of-the-art trucks equipped with hatching facilities and established a modern distribution network to increase the number of turkey deliveries in the United States and beyond. Through these investments, the NPM Capital portfolio company guarantees a reliable supply of the highest-quality products.

Hendrix Genetics opened the first state-of-the-art hatchery in Grand Island, Nebraska in late 2017, with a capacity of 100,000 one-day old chicks a day, five days a week. This investment comes in the wake of a major upgrade carried out at the grandparent stock facility in Virginia.

The new barns were built in accordance with Hendrix Genetics’ stringent guidelines, to ensure that its high quality standards are complied with across the entire supply chain.

Increased prawn exports

Since partnering with Hawaiian-based Kona Bay Marine Resources in 2017, Hendrix Genetics also supplies prawns. A brand-new packaging and shipping facility recently became operational on the premises of the hatchery on the island of Kauai. The investment will help to boost prawn exports, while maintaining the current high quality levels.

Top-quality trout

The trout farm operated by Hendrix Genetics in Washington State has been a global supplier of the finest trout for more than 70 years. These high quality levels are also guaranteed through investments in research capacity and a major extension of the Family Genetics building. The company’s incubator is currently one of the largest privately-owned facilities of its kind worldwide.

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Kinnevik invests in – the leading online grocery store in Norway


Kinnevik AB (publ) (“Kinnevik”) today announced that it has invested NOK 300m in AS for a 15% stake in the Norwegian online grocery retailer.

Kinnevik invested NOK 200m in primary capital and a further NOK 100m in secondary shares. was founded in 2013 and offers grocery delivery to approximately 40% of Norwegian households, a share that they expect to expand over time. The company grew revenues by 88% to approximately NOK 800m in 2017.

Andreas Bernström, Kinnevik Investment Director, commented:

“We are excited to lead the funding round in, a company that fits squarely into our investment thesis of using technology to offer consumers more and better choice. We have been impressed by the founding team and what they have achieved in a relatively short period of time. Kinnevik is well placed to support the team in scaling the business and we look forward to working with to reach their goals.”

Karl Munthe-Kaas, CEO commented:

“Kinnevik is a dream partner for us. We feel there is a great fit in both the strategic vision and the values of our companies. Our ambition is to make grocery shopping an effortless and inspiring activity for everyone and bring freedom in their everyday lives. Kinnevik has the right expertise and the right mindset to help us in this journey and we are very excited to work with them.”

For further information, visit or contact:

Torun Litzén, Director Investor Relations
Phone +46 (0)70 762 00 50

Kinnevik is an industry focused investment company with an entrepreneurial spirit. Our purpose is to build digital businesses that provide more and better choice. We do this by working in partnership with talented founders and management teams to create, develop and invest in fast growing businesses in developed and emerging markets. We believe in delivering both shareholder and social value by building companies that contribute positively to society. Kinnevik was founded in 1936 by the Stenbeck, Klingspor and von Horn families. Kinnevik’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm’s list for large cap companies under the ticker codes KINV A and KINV B.

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Ploeger Oxbo strengthens shareholder base through investment NPM Capital

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Ploeger Oxbo Group has attracted a new major shareholder. NPM Capital is the strong financial partner that the manufacturer of specialty agricultural equipment has been looking for to support its long-term growth strategy. This strategy is aimed at bolstering innovation and product development to further strengthen Ploeger Oxbo’s leading position in its worldwide niche markets. The transaction file has also been submitted to the required Competition Authorities.

Ploeger Oxbo’s roots go back to the 1950’s. The group was formed in 2011 in a merger between Netherlands-based Ploeger and US-based Oxbo. Over the past decades, the companies have expanded rapidly as a result of autonomous growth and acquisitions. From a strong position in harvesters for corn, beans and peas the product range has been expanded to equipment for crops like potatoes, berries, coffee, olives and grapes and to self-propelled windrow mergers, sprayers and fertilizer applicators. Ploeger Oxbo has a leading position in these niche markets and operates in forty countries on all continents. Over the past months both Ploeger Oxbo and NPM Capital have developed a shared vision on the strategic direction of the company.

“This company has a strong entrepreneurial spirit”, say Gary Stich and Niels Havermans, both Board members at Ploeger Oxbo. “The fact that the founders of the group in 2011, both private as well as three Dutch investment companies (Synergia Capital Partners, VDL Participatie and via Bolster Investment Partners), will participate in the future shows a great level of confidence in the markets we are in as well as the strategic direction of the company. Together we have decided to sell 40 percent of our holdings to a powerful financial partner who shares our values and focus on long-term development and can support add-on acquisitions.”

The participation in Ploeger Oxbo Group fits NPM Capital’s focus on the agri-tech sector, says Rutger Ruigrok, managing partner of the investment company. “Ploeger Oxbo creates innovative solutions for the agricultural sector that needs new technologies to be able to feed a fast-growing world population. It is a company with both great social value and strong growth potential – exactly what we are looking for.”

Ploeger Oxbo was advised by Nielen Schuman (financial) and DLA Piper (legal). NPM Capital was advised by Rabobank and Vondel Finance (financial) and Nauta Dutilh (legal).

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