21 Concordia exits Apaczka

October 14, 2020

21 Concordia has signed an agreement to sell its stake in Apaczka, the #1 e-commerce logistics and shipping platform operator, to Abris Capital Partners, a leading independent private equity fund manager.

Headquartered in Warsaw, Apaczka has been active for over 10 years in the logistics sector, enjoying a leadership position in Poland at the same level of large international shipping groups. Apaczka operates as a technology platform and an integrator, offering comprehensive shipment services for e-commerce stores, SMEs and SOHO (small office / home office) clients.

Acquired by 21 Concordia in 2017, throughout the holding period Apaczka enjoyed strong growth in direct sales and in the volume of parcels sent thanks to several strategic actions carried out. Apaczka completed 6 strategic acquisitions, including the second largest logistics player in Poland and five add-ons aimed at accelerating digital development. Moreover, Apaczka strengthened the managerial structure in the areas of finance, product, marketing and customer service and diversified its supplier base thanks to new agreements reached with international couriers such as GLS.

Apaczka also developed a new international parcel service from Poland to Germany and created a new platform dedicated to private individuals, while investing in online marketing to improve brand positioning.

On the back of these targeted actions, Apaczka today has over 40,000 clients compared to 16,000 at entry and has increased the volume of parcels sent to 8 million compared to 2.4 million in 2016, continuing to record a positive growth trend also during the covid-19 emergency.

Apaczka has a strong growth in sales in the last three years (2017-2020(B)), achieving a CAGR of over 15% and with over 35 million in sales expected in 2020. Apaczka has also doubled its workforce and opened a new branch.

21 Concordia has identified Abris Capital Partner as the ideal partner to continue the dynamic growth path launched in Apaczka.

Marek Modecki, Managing Partner at 21 Concordia, commented: “We are pleased to have actively participated in the growth of Apaczka. Working closely with the management team has allowed a rapid development of the company in one of the most appealing sectors of the moment. We are pleased that the management of Apaczka will be able to continue on this path and tackle new markets alongside a partner like Abris”

Grzegorz Iwaniuk, Co-founder and President of Apaczka, commented: “In addition to pursuing the current strategy of increasing our market share and asserting our leadership position, we plan to accelerate the growth of the business. Indeed, with the support of Abris we will notably develop and implement new solutions for entities operating in the e-commerce industry. Our goal is also to address new market segments with the apaczka.pl online platform.”

Edgar Koleśnik, Partner at Abris Capital Partners, commented: “Apaczka falls perfectly in line with the increasing demand for delivery e-services, allowing to foresee greats prospects for the company’s development. We are convinced that, with the experienced management team in place, we will be able to implement our ambitious plans both in terms of organic growth and acquisitions.”

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Innovestor invests in Shipit – One logistics platform solution for all your parcel shipping needs

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Helsinki based Venture Capital firm Innovestor acts as lead investor in Shipit Oy Ab’s funding round. The total size of the round was EUR 800k. In addition to the investment made from our second fund, we were joined by institutional and private investors.

With the rapid growth of e-commerce over the past decade, parcel shipping volumes have increased steadily. This trend has only strengthened during the current covid-19 pandemic. Consumer behavior has in many regards changed for good, driving demand for more effective logistics solutions.

Shipit is a fast-growing Finnish technology company, which has developed a fully automated service platform for parcel and pallet shipment management, targeted particularly for e-commerce stores and SMBs. The company’s story began when Co-founder & CEO Lari Pihjalapuro noticed that Finnish SMB’s struggled to find cost effective ways for shipping internationally, thus limiting their potential for doing international business. How could a Finnish company compete, when shipping costs could easily be the same as the product itself? He set out to change this.

For the customer, Shipit provides value by offering more affordable parcel shipping rates, decreasing the need for own in house logistics team and making everything accessible via a single easy to use platform.

“The company is riding a strong wave with all forms commerce moving online. The team has been capital efficient in ramping-up volumes, and can demonstrate considerable traction on the Finnish market. We are excited to join the ride for the next growth phase”, says Innovestor’s Wilhelm Lindholm.

 

The Finnish parcel market is closing in on almost 90 million in annual shipping volume, and estimated at EUR 700 million in value in 2018. In comparison, the Global Parcel Market is valued at almost USD 380 billion in 2018, up from USD 310 billion in 2016.

As the industry has grown, it has also grabbed the attention of VC investors, who have been active in the sector. Some of the recent examples include: Shippo (USA), backed by Union Square Ventures and Bessemer; PackLink (Spain), backed by Accel and Eight Roads Ventures; Parcel2Go (UK), buy-out by Mayfair Equity Partners.

Shipit has grown strongly since its founding in 2016 and is now the market leader within its category in Finland. With revenue growth up 120% in 2019, and operating cashflow positive, the company currently ships c. 50,000 parcels each month among 4,000 registered customers.

“This investment makes it possible for us to speed up our product development, and even more aggressively aim for growth by bringing further liquidity to our internationalization efforts. All while proactively maintaining our outstanding customer service ensuring it scales as we grow. This is an exciting time for us!” commented Shipit’s Co-founder & CEO Lari Pihjalapuro.

 

 

Contact Information:

Lari Pihjalapuro, CEO, Shipit

lari.pihlajapuro@shipit.fi

+ 358 400 595 188

 

Wilhelm Lindholm, Managing Partner, Innovestor Ltd

wilhelm.lindholm@innovestor.fi

+358 405 811 051

 


Shipit joins our portfolio, which is one of the largest private venture backed portfolios in the Nordics, through the investment from Innovestor Growth Fund II.

Innovestor is a Nordic early-stage venture capital investor, who also offers direct co-investment syndication opportunities and builds growth programs.

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Speed Group secures logistics contract

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Speed Group has been entrusted by an existing customer to expand operations in a business including traditional storage services as well as production-focused assembly and configuration services. The four-year contract is expected to generate additional sales of approximately SEK 100m per year and will commence in 2021.

“We are delighted to win new contracts in these times and to be given the opportunity to substantially increase our business with one of our most important customers. This is a result of long-term development efforts, in which our team proactively presented solutions that provide the customer with more efficient logistics,” says Mats Johnson, CEO of Speed Group.

“I am proud of the management and the company’s employees who have successfully worked to turn around the profitability trend for the company in the past year. The new contract from this existing customer is a confirmation that Speed Group supplies cost-efficient services with high quality and customer satisfaction. The company is now further solidifying its position as a leading third-party logistics player in the Nordic market,” says Christian Johansson Gebauer, Chairman of the Speed Group Board and Head of Business Area Construction & Services at Ratos.

Speed Group offers flexible solutions in logistics, staffing, recruitment and training. The company is one of the Nordic region’s leading third-party logistics (3PL) providers, with effective automation solutions and a total of just over 150,000 square metres of warehouse space in Borås, Gothenburg and Stockholm. At 30 June, rolling 12-month sales for Speed amounted to SEK 717m and the EBITA margin was 6%.

For further information, please contact:
Christian Johansson Gebauer, Head of Business Area Construction & Services, Ratos, +46 8 700 17 00
Helene Gustafsson, Head of IR and Press, Ratos, +46 8 700 17 98, helene.gustafsson@ratos.se

About Ratos:
Ratos is a business group consisting of 12 companies divided into three business areas: Construction & Services, Consumer & Technology and Industry. In total, the companies have SEK 38 billion in sales and EBITA of SEK 1.8 billion. Our business concept is to develop mid-sized companies headquartered in the Nordics that are or can become market leaders. We enable independent mid-sized companies to excel by being part of something larger. People, leadership, culture and values are key focus areas for Ratos. Everything we do is based on Ratos’s core values: Simplicity, Speed in Execution and It’s All About People.

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DIF Capital Partners to acquire a stake in TTIA Container Terminal

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DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”), through its DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I (“CIF I”), and French shipping giant CMA CGM, are pleased to announce that they have signed a sale and purchase agreement with HMM for the acquisition of a 50% less one share stake in the TTIA Container Terminal in Algeciras, which is located on the Spanish side of the Strait of Gibraltar. TTIA is currently 100% owned by HMM, the largest South Korean shipping line.

TTIA is a modern semi-automatic container terminal, strategically located in the bay of Algeciras, at the Strait of Gibraltar directly on the main shipping routes for containerized maritime traffic to Asia, Europe, the Mediterranean, North and West Africa as well as North and South America. Such a strategic location has allowed the terminal to maintain strong volumes despite the Covid-19 crisis. TTIA operates under a concession provided by the Port of Algeciras Bay Authority which runs until 2043.

TTIA will benefit from long-term support from both HMM and CMA CGM, who as major shipping companies and port operators, have decided to join forces to support and develop this strategic terminal.

Thomas Vieillescazes, partner of DIF, says: “We are delighted to initiate this partnership with CMA CGM, investing alongside world-leading shipping companies and port operators. TTIA is a modern and well-managed terminal, strategically located at the Strait of Gibraltar, with partners providing long-term volume support, making this an attractive investment for CIF I”.

The completion of the acquisition remains subject to certain conditions precedent, including antitrust and Algeciras Port Authority consents.

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent infrastructure fund manager, with €7.5 billion of assets under management across nine closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF Capital Partners invests in greenfield and operational infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, the Americas and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF CIF funds target equity investments in small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the telecom, energy and transportation sectors.
  • DIF Infrastructure funds target equity investments in public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), concessions, utilities and renewable energy projects with long-term contracted or regulated income streams.

DIF has a team of over 145 professionals, based in nine offices located in Amsterdam (Schiphol), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Santiago, Sydney and Toronto. Please visit www.dif.eu for further information.

Contact: Thijs Verburg, IR & BD; t.verburg@dif.eu.

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Ratos – Speed Group secures logistics contract

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Speed Group has been entrusted by an existing customer to expand operations in a business including traditional storage services as well as production-focused assembly and configuration services. The four-year contract is expected to generate additional sales of approximately SEK 100m per year and will commence in 2021.

 

“We are delighted to win new contracts in these times and to be given the opportunity to substantially increase our business with one of our most important customers. This is a result of long-term development efforts, in which our team proactively presented solutions that provide the customer with more efficient logistics,” says Mats Johnson, CEO of Speed Group.

“I am proud of the management and the company’s employees who have successfully worked to turn around the profitability trend for the company in the past year. The new contract from this existing customer is a confirmation that Speed Group supplies cost-efficient services with high quality and customer satisfaction. The company is now further solidifying its position as a leading third-party logistics player in the Nordic market,” says Christian Johansson Gebauer, Chairman of the Speed Group Board and Head of Business Area Construction & Services at Ratos.

Speed Group offers flexible solutions in logistics, staffing, recruitment and training. The company is one of the Nordic region’s leading third-party logistics (3PL) providers, with effective automation solutions and a total of just over 150,000 square metres of warehouse space in Borås, Gothenburg and Stockholm. At 30 June, rolling 12-month sales for Speed amounted to SEK 717m and the EBITA margin was 6%.

For further information, please contact:
Christian Johansson Gebauer, Head of Business Area Construction & Services, Ratos, +46 8 700 17 00
Helene Gustafsson, Head of IR and Press, Ratos, +46 8 700 17 98, helene.gustafsson@ratos.se

About Ratos:
Ratos is a business group consisting of 12 companies divided into three business areas: Construction & Services, Consumer & Technology and Industry. In total, the companies have SEK 38 billion in sales and EBITA of SEK 1.8 billion. Our business concept is to develop mid-sized companies headquartered in the Nordics that are or can become market leaders. We enable independent mid-sized companies to excel by being part of something larger. People, leadership, culture and values are key focus areas for Ratos. Everything we do is based on Ratos’s core values: Simplicity, Speed in Execution and It’s All About People.

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DIF Capital Partners to acquire a stake in European railcar leasing company Touax Rail

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DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”), through its DIF Core Infrastructure Fund II (“CIF II”), is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement to acquire a 49% stake from the Touax Group in Touax Rail Limited (“Touax Rail” or the “Company”), a leading European rail freight leasing company, via a capital increase of €81.9 million. The investment by CIF II will enable Touax Rail to accelerate the development of its long-term leasing activities of freight wagons.

Touax Rail is offering tailor-made and environmentally friendly solutions for leasing rail equipment such as intermodal, car carrying, hopper, box and tank wagons. Services offered comprise leasing, sale and maintenance of freight railcars. The Company has a fleet size of c. 6,930 owned platforms and c. 4,080 managed platforms. Touax Rail is fully certified to manage and maintain wagons used on the mainline railway tracks in Europe.

The transaction will strengthen the position of Touax Rail by increasing its capacity to grow and finance the needs of its customers. The capital increase will be primarily used to buy out minority shareholders and to finance the acquisition of new wagons.

Fabrice Walewski, CEO of Touax Group, said: “We are very delighted to have DIF Capital Partners as partner to accompany the development of our long-term leasing activities of freight wagons. With this transaction, Touax Rail will strengthen its position in the market.”

Carl Jobst von Hoersten, partner and head of DIF Germany added: “This transaction is a unique investment providing exclusive access to the attractive railcar market. Touax Rail is a well-established, asset heavy railcar platform with a robust and resilient business model which is well-positioned for growth. We look forward working together with Touax Rail’s highly experienced management team to further grow the platform.”

The transaction is subject to approval by the German antitrust authorities. Parties expect to close the transaction by the end of September.

About Touax Group

Touax Group leases out tangible assets (freight railcars, river barges and containers) on a daily basis throughout the world, for its own account and on behalf of third party investors. With €1.2 billion under management, Touax Group is one of the European leaders in the operational leasing of this type of equipment. For more information: www.touax.com

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent infrastructure fund manager, with €7.5 billion of assets under management across nine closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF Capital Partners invests in greenfield and operational infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, the Americas and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF CIF funds target equity investments in small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the telecom, energy and transportation sectors.
  • DIF Infrastructure funds target equity investments in public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), concessions, utilities and renewable energy projects with long-term contracted or regulated income streams.

DIF has a team of over 145 professionals, based in nine offices located in Amsterdam (Schiphol), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Santiago, Sydney and Toronto. Please visit www.dif.eu for further information.

Contact: Thijs Verburg, IR & BD; t.verburg@dif.eu.

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KKR Becomes a Shareholder in Mirastar to Grow European Logistics Platform

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LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr. 23, 2020– KKR, a leading global investment firm, and Mirastar, a specialist developer, investor and manager of industrial and logistics (I&L) assets in Europe, announced that KKR has acquired a strategic stake in Mirastar from M7 Real Estate.

The transaction will further expand KKR’s presence in European I&L real estate. To date, KKR and Mirastar have acquired a 49,000 sqm forward funding project in the Netherlands and aim to continue assembling a high-quality portfolio of assets and development projects in gateway cities across Western Europe. Mirastar will be the primary platform for I&L real estate transactions in Europe.

KKR has a significant recent track record in the I&L real estate market across Europe, having acquired c.800,000 sqm of I&L space over the last 24 months across France, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, and Ireland. The investment in Mirastar was made through a European real estate fund managed by KKR.

Mirastar was co-founded in 2019 by Ekaterina Avdonina, Chief Executive Officer, and Anthony Butler, Chief Investment Officer, with initial platform backing from M7 Real Estate. The team currently comprises 15 senior real estate professionals and has offices in London, Madrid and Rotterdam.

Guillaume Cassou, Partner and Head of European Real Estate at KKR, commented: “Logistics real estate continues to be an attractive market for KKR, despite the challenges of the current market environment, with strong investment fundamentals and future growth drivers. We look forward to building on our existing relationship with Mirastar to leverage these trends, investing in the continued supply of high-quality assets to meet the growing tenant demand evident across Europe and further building KKR’s footprint in European logistics.”

Ekaterina Avdonina, CEO of Mirastar, commented: “Against the difficult market backdrop prompted by the outbreak of Covid-19, our conviction in the underlying, long-term structural forces behind the growth of logistics real estate remains. Since launching last year, we have demonstrated our ability to execute our strategy and, by extending our strong working relationship with KKR, we look forward to building on that further. We have identified an attractive pipeline and are well placed to act on opportunities in the market.”

Anthony Butler, CIO of Mirastar, commented: “We are grateful to M7 Real Estate for the initial backing and now that our platform is more established we will continue to expand across more geographies with the support of KKR, as both shareholder and primary investor. Due to our combined development and investment expertise along with backing of a world class investor the future looks very exciting as the logistics sector continues to strengthen at a faster pace.”

Richard Croft, Executive Chairman of M7 Real Estate, commented: “Backing new ventures has always been a passion of M7’s and having supported Ekaterina and Anthony with the launch of their business, it is pleasing to see them move into the next phase of growth with KKR. We wish them well on their future journey.”

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Note to Editors:

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 Mirastar

Mirastar is a specialist pan-European developer, investor and manager of big box logistics co-founded in 2019 by Ekaterina Avdonina, Chief Executive Officer, and Anthony Butler, Chief Investment Officer with initial platform backing from M7 Real Estate. Mirastar has a high-quality portfolio of assets/development projects across the Netherlands with an exit GDV in excess of €100 million and is currently expanding into the UK and Spain. Mirastar comprises a team of 15 senior real estate professionals with over 210 years of total experience and has offices in London, Madrid and Rotterdam.

For additional information please visit Mirastar’s website at www.mirastar.eu

For enquiries:
KKR:
Finsbury
Alastair Elwen
Tel: +44 20 7251 3801
kkr@finsbury.com

Source: KKR

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BD MYSHOPI expands specialist logistics services with the acquisition of DOCKX SELECT

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BD myShopi and Dockx Group have signed an agreement finalising the acquisition of the activities of Dockx Select. Coming as it does after the acquisition of CityDepot, which specialises in sustainable urban logistics, BD myShopi now adds a second established player in omni-channel ‘last mile’ logistics.

Dockx Select delivers ‘oversized’ goods to consumers on behalf of retailers and producers. Consumers can choose to have their order delivered to their home, with options including delivery to a specific storey, assembly, installation and waste recycling; alternatively, they can opt to collect their item from one of Dockx Select’s 24 pick-up points.

“Following the acquisition of CityDepot at the end of last year, this is the next step in the expansion of our smart logistics activities for our clients,” explains Raf Lambrix, CEO of BD myShopi, an NPM Capital portfolio company. “Where CityDepot is a pioneer in cutting the number of logistical movements in cities, with a view to achieving maximum CO2 reduction, Dockx Select pioneers the collection of goods flows with more sustainable, grouped deliveries or central collection. The activities of both CityDepot and Dockx Select are modelled on our existing logistical network, which continues to enable us to focus on our core activity: door-to-door delivery of advertising leaflets.”

With 25 logistical units at strategic locations in Belgium, BD myShopi has the potential to roll out Dockx Select’s unique, comprehensive logistical services nationwide, and to achieve even faster growth in smart logistics. In addition to keeping on Dockx Select’s 15 employees, Commercial Director Mario De Bruyn and Operations Director Gert Van den Bossche will also be remaining on board. This continuity will maintain the high-quality service provided by both BD myShopi and Dockx Select.

Also read ‘BD myShopi acquires CityDepot from bpost’
Also read ‘BD myShopi signs up to Green Deal for Sustainable Urban Logistics’

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Shippeo raises €20 million to provide real-time visibility into the global supply chain

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Shippeo, the leading supply chain visibility provider in Europe, announces the closing of a €20 million Series B round co-lead by NGP Capital and ETF Partners with participation from Bpifrance Digital Ventures and Partech.

Shippeo provides predictive and real-time visibility into goods delivery. The AI-based platform aggregates data from hundreds of sources in real-time to calculate the estimated time of delivery arrival with 98% accuracy. Since its creation in 2014, Shippeo has successfully scaled its operations and is now servicing more than 50 large customers, such as Schneider Electric, Carrefour, Eckes-Granini and Leroy Merlin, across 40 countries. The team has grown tenfold and Shippeo now employs 80 people in seven different offices across Europe.

Over the last year, Shippeo has increased its turnover by 300%, positioning itself as one of the fastest-growing start-ups in Europe.

The Series B round of €20 million in new equity is co-lead by NGP Capital and ETF Partners with participation from Bpifrance Digital Ventures. Partech, who participated in the Series A round, also took part in this new funding, reaffirming its trust in Shippeo and its long-term support to the management team

Pierre Khoury – CEO and Lucien Besse – COO of Shippeo, said:

“Welcoming top-tier investors is a great source of pride for Shippeo. Their international reach and strong experience in the mobility sector will be a major asset when implementing our ambitious strategy to become the global leader of a $6 billion market. By revolutionizing supply chain visibility, Shippeo aims to unlock value for shippers and carriers, and in the long run, reinvent freight transport.”

Bo Ilsoe, Partner of NGP Capital, stated: “Working with great entrepreneurs is our core mission at NGP Capital and we are honoured to join Pierre, Lucien and the talented Shippeo team in their continued journey. The supply chain industry is ripe for increased digitization and we look forward to adding-value to the company through our global model and network.”

Remy de Tonnac, Partner at ETF Partners, said: “Shippeo created an outstanding platform to help Shippers embrace the efficiency of « Industry 4.0 » with superb customer experience. Going forward, Shippeo’s platform will also help the transportation industry to have much better visibility on its environmental impact and thus will drive significant improvements here for the benefit of all stakeholders.”

Shippeo will use the Series B funding:

  • To further strengthen its market-leading position in Europe by multiplying the customer base times five while maintaining very high customer satisfaction,
  • To expand the team by 150 new recruits in data science, IT, sales and operations,
  • To triple its R&D investment in AI and automatization to achieve increased operational excellence and increased customer visibility into the supply chain.

The supply chain industry remains fragmented and underserved from a technology standpoint. With more than 600.000 road freight companies in Europe alone, digitization offers a tremendous opportunity for industry disruption and Shippeo is leading the way in decreasing fragmentation and increasing real-time visibility into freight delivery.

Latour completes acquisition of Caljan

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On October 11, Investment AB Latour signed an agreement to acquire Caljan based in Århus, Denmark. All closing conditions have now been fulfilled and the transaction has been completed as of November 29.

Göteborg, November 29, 2019

INVESTMENT AB LATOUR (PUBL)
Johan Hjertonsson, CEO

For further information, please contact:
Johan Hjertonsson, President and CEO Investment AB Latour +46 702 29 77 93
Anders Mörck, CFO Investment AB Latour +46 706 46 52 11
Gustav Samuelsson, Director M&A, Investment AB Latour, +46 46 735 52 55 59
Investment AB Latour is a mixed investment company consisting primarily of a wholly-owned industrial operations and an investment portfolio of listing holdings in which Latour is the principal owner or one of the principal owners. The investment portfolio consists of nine substantial holdings with a market value of about SEK 64 billion. The wholly-owned industrial operations have an annual turnover of about SEK 13 billion.

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