Waterlogic closes on long-term investment from strong institutional partners to accelerate growth ambition

Castik Capital

Waterlogic, a leading global designer, manufacturer, distributor and service provider of purified drinking water dispensers, is pleased to announce the closing of the acquisition of a significant minority stake in the company by four strong institutional investors – BCI, Neuberger Berman, StepStone, and Skandia.

Following January’s announcement of British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI) entering into an agreement to acquire a significant minority stake in Waterlogic from Funds managed by Castik Capital and the Waterlogic management team, Waterlogic and Castik Capital complete the transaction and include three additional partners.

BCI, with C$153.4 billion in assets under management (as of March 31, 2019), is a leading provider of investment management services to British Columbia’s public sector and one of Canada’s largest asset managers. Joining BCI as minority shareholders in Waterlogic are:

  • Neuberger Berman, a private, independent, employee-owned investment management firm that manages equities, fixed income and private equity portfolios for global institutional investors, advisors and high-net-worth individuals;
  • StepStone, a global private markets firm providing customised investment and advisory solutions to some of the most sophisticated investors in the world; and
  • Skandia, a mutual life insurance company with SEK 692 billion under management as of 31 December 2019, provides pension, banking and insurance services to the population of Sweden.

Jeremy Ben-David, Founder and Group CEO of Waterlogic, said: “This is a very pleasing result and a testament to Waterlogic’s businesses resilience, especially considering the unprecedented economic downturn and turbulent times we currently find ourselves in. The acquisition provides further access to capital in support of Waterlogic’s growth ambition to become the global leader in the fast-growing market for bottle-less workplace hydration. We look forward to continuing our journey with Castik Capital and the new shareholders in this next exciting phase of our growth.” 

Waterlogic has a direct presence in 17 countries including the UK, USA, Canada, Chile, Australia and Western Europe, and an extensive independent global distribution network reaching over 50 countries around the world. The company is responsible for hydrating nearly 50 million consumers daily and contributes to the reduction of 23.8 billion single-use plastic bottles around the world each year.

Waterlogic aims to build on its capabilities and customer base in both established and new geographic markets in pursuit of its mission to offer healthy drinking water solutions and contribute to the reduction of plastic pollution globally with a range of freestanding and countertop dispensers, Billi integrated dispensers and Purezza, the company’s specialty restaurant and hospitality solution.

Inspired by innovation, Waterlogic has embraced superior FirewallTM and BioCote® technologies to create cutting-edge, highly certified products focused on delivering the safest, best-tasting water to all businesses in the most sustainable way. The company’s approach to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) supports the growing demand from organisations looking to reduce the plastic pollution and high CO2 emissions associated with bottled water, and supports Waterlogic’s long-term growth, relevancy and financial standing in the marketplace.

Waterlogic has annualised revenues of c. $400M and c. 550k water dispensers on rental and service contracts across 17 direct markets and employs over 3,000 people worldwide. Waterlogic was advised on the transaction by Goldman Sachs International, Skadden (legal), PwC (financial and commercial), Deloitte (tax), L.E.K. (commercial), and EY (Luxembourg legal).

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Rosanna Turner, Group Marketing Communications Manager
rosanna.turner@waterlogic.com

 

About Waterlogic

Waterlogic is an innovative designer, manufacturer, distributor and service provider of drinking water dispensers and solutions designed for environments such as offices, factories, hospitals, restaurants, hotels, schools and public spaces. From freestanding, countertop and integrated dispensers to water filling stations, fountains and boilers, every solution focuses on delivering the best quality water in the most sustainable way. Founded in 1992, Waterlogic was one of the first companies to introduce mains-fed dispensers to customers worldwide and has been at the forefront of the market promoting product design and water quality, the application of proprietary technologies, sustainability and world-class sales and service. Waterlogic has its own subsidiaries in 17 countries and its leading markets are the U.S., Australia and Western Europe, in particular the UK and Germany. In addition, Waterlogic’s extensive and expanding independent global distribution network reaches over 50 countries around the world in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and South Africa. More information can be found at www.waterlogic.com.

KKR and XPV Water Partners Form New Platform to Promote Water Quality

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 3, 2019– KKR, in partnership with XPV Water Partners, today announced the formation of a wastewater treatment platform with the goal of creating the leading provider of end-to-end nutrient management solutions for municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities. Through the foundational acquisitions of Environmental Operating Solutions, Inc. (“EOSi”) and Nexom, Inc. – two providers of nutrient management technologies – the platform aims to address nutrient contamination of water globally by building a diversified and growing portfolio of leading solutions.

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Over the past 50 years, agricultural runoff from increased use of fertilizers, stormwater runoff from more development and rainfall, and wastewater effluent from municipal and industrial plants have combined to produce a concentration of nutrients in downstream water bodies. Excess nutrients can cause eutrophication and subsequent toxic algae blooms, resulting in loss of aquatic life, human health concerns and other environmental and economic damage. The Environmental Protection Agency has named nutrient pollution “one of America’s most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems,” with 53% of rivers, 71% of lake acres, 79% of estuary square miles and 98% of great lakes shoreline miles classified as impaired.

“We are pleased to be working with XPV to scale solutions to water pollution. XPV is a thought leader in the water sector with deep connectivity across key stakeholders. Together, we are focused on expanding this platform to promote water quality,” said Robert Antablin and Ken Mehlman, Co-Heads of KKR Global Impact.

“The challenges associated with nutrient management are compounding every year. We view the formation of this platform as a game-changing next step in our strategy: to build a global end-to-end supplier of the products and services that municipal and industrial operators need to solve nutrient management challenges. We look forward to continuing this journey with the EOSi and Nexom teams, alongside KKR, to help drive the next phase of growth of this exciting new platform,” said David Henderson, Partner, XPV Water Partners.

For KKR, the investment is part of the Firm’s Global Impact strategy, which is focused on identifying and investing behind companies whose core business models provide commercial solutions that contribute measurable progress toward one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. By reducing pollution and improving water quality, this newly created platform will deliver measurable progress toward achieving the United Nations SDG #6, ensuring the availability and sustainable management of clean water.

The platform is the fifth investment out of KKR’s Global Impact strategy, following investments in Burning Glass, KnowBe4, Ramky Enviro Engineers Limited and Barghest Building Performance. Over the last decade, KKR has been a leader in driving and protecting value throughout the firm’s private markets portfolio through thoughtful Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) management, as well as measuring and reporting on performance to the public and investors.

About KKR

KKR is a leading global investment firm that manages multiple alternative asset classes, including private equity, energy, infrastructure, real estate and credit, with strategic partners that manage hedge funds. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns for its fund investors by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and driving growth and value creation with KKR portfolio companies. KKR invests its own capital alongside the capital it manages for fund investors and provides financing solutions and investment opportunities through its capital markets business. References to KKR’s investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds. For additional information about KKR & Co. Inc. (NYSE: KKR), please visit KKR’s website at www.kkr.com and on Twitter @KKR_Co.

About XPV Water Partners

XPV Water Partners is comprised of experienced water entrepreneurs, operators, and investment professionals dedicated to make a difference in the water industry. XPV invests in and actively supports water-focused companies to enable them to grow and deliver value for all stakeholders. XPV manages over $400 million USD in investment capital from institutional investors in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.xpvwaterpartners.com and on Twitter @XPVwater.

About EOSi

Based in Bourne, Massachusetts, EOSi provides non-hazardous and environmentally sustainable glycerin-based chemicals (“MicroC”) and technical services for biological nutrient removal applications in wastewater systems. EOSi offers superior product quality, technical support and a high level of service to municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plant operators.

About Nexom

Based in Winnipeg, Canada, Nexom provides proven technologies that enable new and existing wastewater treatment plants to meet their nutrient reduction targets. Nexom has developed or acquired seven biological or filtration based technologies, all of which are used to treat wastewater to meet exceedingly strict discharge standards. Nexom benefits from a strong portfolio of products with technical differentiation in certain use cases and a portfolio of references (700+ successful installations).

Source: KKR

Media
KKR:
Kristi Huller or Cara Major
212.750.8300
Media@KKR.com

XPV Water Partners:
Mike Stadnyckyj
416.864.0475 x 308
media@xpvwaterpartners.com

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Waterlogic acquires Minnesota Water and Water Engineering Technologies

Castik Capital

Waterlogic, a leading global designer, manufacturer, distributor and service provider of purified drinking water dispensers, is pleased to announce the acquisitions of Minnesota Water and Water Engineering Technologies.

Minnesota Water, based in Maplewood, Minnesota, has been a leading provider of PHSI point-of-use water coolers since 2012. The acquisition provides Waterlogic with a direct operation in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, increasing Waterlogic’s direct service and sales presence to 50 markets throughout the U.S. and Canada including all the top 40 U.S. Metropolitan Statistical Areas.

Steve and Shelly Norenberg, owners of Minnesota Water, said, “We are delighted to have completed the sale of our business to Waterlogic. We could not have found a better option for our customers, our employees, or our family. We appreciated how honest and transparent Waterlogic was throughout the process and we will be excited to see the business grow under Waterlogic’s ownership.”

Water Engineering Technologies (W.E.T.) is a premium provider of point-of-use water coolers, headquartered in Burien, Washington since 1998. The acquisition of W.E.T.’s business strengthens Waterlogic’s market presence in the Pacific Northwest, allowing for increased and more efficient customer reach in this important market.

Chuck Lockart, Owner, Water Engineering Technologies, said, “Waterlogic was great throughout the process and I am very pleased with the transaction. I have a lot of long-time customers and I know that they will be in good hands with Waterlogic.”

With these two acquisitions, Waterlogic has now completed five acquisitions in the U.S. and Canada in the last nine months:

  • Pure Water Technology of the Inland Empire – Redlands, California
  • Streamline Water – El Paso, Texas
  • Just Pure Water – Toronto, Ontario
  • Water Engineering Technologies – Seattle, Washington
  • Minnesota Water – Minneapolis, Minnesota

With these acquisitions, and a strong focus on organic growth, Waterlogic services nearly 100,000 point-of-use coolers throughout North America, delivering on its customer promise of ‘hassle free, great tasting water, every day’.

 

“I am thrilled to add these two excellent companies to Waterlogic Americas,” said Casey Taylor, CEO Waterlogic Americas. “With Minnesota Water, we expand our presence in Minneapolis to help us provide even better service in the Twin Cities. Likewise, combining Water Engineering Technologies with our existing Seattle branch will allow us to reach more customers in the Pacific Northwest. We are adding outstanding employees from each company, with significant experience and expertise, making our team even stronger.”

Waterlogic remains dedicated to growth in the Americas, both through organic sales and through acquisition.

Waterlogic was acquired in January 2015 by funds managed by Castik Capital, the European private equity investor. Minnesota Water and W.E.T. are the most recent acquisitions as part of the company’s buy and build strategy since the acquisition by Castik, and following substantial acquisitions in the US, UK, Australia, Spain, France, Germany, and Scandinavia.

 

– ENDS –

Media Contact

Rosanna Turner, Group Marketing Communications Manager

rosanna.turner@waterlogic.com

About Waterlogic

Waterlogic is an innovative designer, manufacturer, distributor and operator of Point-Of-Use (POU) drinking water purification and dispensing systems designed for environments such as offices, factories, hospitals, hotels, schools, restaurants and other workplaces. Founded in 1992, Waterlogic was one of the first companies to introduce POU systems to customers worldwide, and has been in the forefront of the POU market, promoting product design and quality, the application of new technologies and world class sales and service. Waterlogic has its own subsidiaries in many markets and an extensive and expanding independent global distribution network in place, reaching over 60 countries around the world. Waterlogic products are currently distributed in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and South Africa. Waterlogic’s leading markets are the US, Australia and Western Europe, in particular the UK, Scandinavia, Germany and France. More information can be found at www.waterlogic.com

About Castik

Castik Capital S.à r.l (“Castik”) manages investments in private equity. Castik is a European multistrategy investment manager, acquiring significant ownership positions in European private and public companies, where long-term value can be generated through active partnerships with management teams. Founded in 2014, Castik is based in Luxembourg and focuses on identifying and developing investment opportunities across Europe. The advisor to Castik is Castik Capital Partners GmbH, based in Munich. Investments are made by the Luxembourg-based fund, EPIC I SLP, the first fund managed by Castik, which had its final fund close of EUR 1bn in July 2015.

IK Investment Partners to sell Evac Group to Bridgepoint

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IK Investment Partners (“IK”), a leading European private equity firm, is pleased to announce that the IK VII Fund (“the Fund”) has reached an agreement with private equity funds managed by Bridgepoint (“Bridgepoint”) to sell Evac Group (“Evac” or “the Company”), the world’s leading provider of integrated waste, wastewater, and water management systems for the marine, offshore and building industries.

Evac designs and markets environmentally friendly waste and wastewater collection and treatment systems for the marine, offshore and building industries. The Company has successfully carried out over 20,000 marine, 2,000 offshore and 2,000 building projects for customers around the world. It has employees in Brazil, China, Finland, France, Germany, Korea, Norway, Sweden and the USA, as well as representatives in more than 40 additional countries.

Sustainability is one of the cornerstone of Evac’s operations. The Company’s technologies address the increasing need for innovative cleantech solutions, driven by the megatrends of climate change, the need for energy efficiency, and increasingly scarce freshwater resources. An example of an innovative waste management system is the Evac briquetting unit used for minimising the storage volume of recyclable and non-recyclable dry waste on board vessels. The technology reduces ship waste by a factor of 10.

The IK VII Fund acquired Evac in December 2014 as part of its strategy of acquiring and developing mid cap companies headquartered in Northern Continental Europe. In the course of the Fund’s ownership Evac has achieved strong growth, with company turnover increasing by 55% exceeding MEUR 100 for the first time in the company’s history.

“During the past few years, we have strategically repositioned Evac from a component provider to a fully integrated cleantech solutions supplier, consequently further strengthening the Company’s position as the global market leader. We have only been able to do so with a talented management team at Evac, and we wish them continued success under Bridgepoint’s ownership,” said Kristian Carlsson Kemppinen, Partner at IK Investment Partners and advisor to the IK VII Fund.

“It has been a pleasure working with the IK team. With their support, we have completed two significant add-on acquisitions as well as boldly invested in our in-house development capabilities and product offering, and we now have the largest and most advanced cleantech system portfolio in our sector,” said Tomi Gardemeister, CEO of Evac Group.

Evac is the first exit of the IK VII Fund and the second exit IK has announced in a week. Financial terms of the transaction are not disclosed. Completion of the transaction is subject to legal and regulatory approvals.

Parties involved

Seller Financial advisors: Danske Bank, Carnegie, Alantra
Seller Strategic VDD: Roland Berger
Seller Financial VDD: EY
Seller Legal advisor: Roschier

For further questions, please contact:

IK Investment Partners
Kristian Carlsson Kemppinen, Partner
Phone: +46 8 678 95 00

Mikaela Hedborg, Director Communications & ESG
Phone: +44 77 87 573 566
mikaela.hedborg@ikinvest.com 

Evac
Tomi Gardemeister, CEO
Phone: +358 20 763 0200

Carita Lehmusmetsä, Director, Marketing and Communications
Phone: +358 44 761 9559
carita.lehmusmetsa@evac.com  

About IK Investment Partners
IK Investment Partners (“IK”) is a Pan-European private equity firm focused on investments in the Nordics, DACH region, France, and Benelux. Since 1989, IK has raised more than €9 billion of capital and invested in over 110 European companies. IK funds support companies with strong underlying potential, partnering with management teams and investors to create robust, well-positioned businesses with excellent long-term prospects. For more information, visit www.ikinvest.com

About Evac
Evac is the world’s leading provider of integrated waste, wastewater, and water management systems for the marine, offshore, and building industries. We have successfully carried out over 20,000 marine, 1,500 offshore and 2,000 building projects for customers around the world. For more information, visit www.evac.com

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