CapMan Growth press release
16 June 2022 at 2:45 p.m. EEST
CapMan Growth exits semiconductor equipment company Picosun
Picosun Oy has been acquired by Applied Materials, Inc., a US-based leading semiconductor equipment company. This is the largest exit in CapMan’s operating history, measured by the portfolio company’s exit value. The investment has been very successful, taking the Growth 2017 fund into carry upon exit.
CapMan invested in Picosun in 2019, and since then Picosun has grown as a company, building new facilities, opening new markets, and developing ALD technology primarily for specialty semiconductors. Based in Espoo, Finland, the company has operations in Europe, the United States and Asia. The company serves hundreds of customers, including Nasdaq top-10 companies, and has over 200 employees worldwide.
ALD, or Atomic Layer Deposition, a technology originally developed in Finland, enables the fabrication of ultrathin precise films, which is a prerequisite for the functionality of modern electronics. ALD is used in, among others, silicon wafers, electronic sensors, optoelectronics, and medical devices with new applications being established constantly.
“Picosun is a highly successful growth story and has achieved global recognition and a loyal customer base. The strengthened management team and expanded production capacity have built a strong foundation for further growth with the new owner. This journey has been a great success thanks to the extraordinary Picosun team lead by CEO Jussi Rautee. It has also been an honour to work in close co-operation with a truly committed main owner Stephen Industries (family office of Kustaa Poutiainen) and other active investors,” says Juha Mikkola, Senior Partner at CapMan Growth.
CapMan Growth Equity 2017 Fund Ky starts generating carried interest following the completion of the exit and the fund has eight companies remaining. Picosun is the largest exit in CapMan’s operating history, measured by the portfolio company’s exit value.
For more information, please contact:
Juha Mikkola, Senior Partner, CapMan Growth, +358 50 590 0522
About CapMan Growth
CapMan Growth is a leading Nordic growth investor making significant minority investments in companies targeting strong growth and internationalisation. CapMan Growth is part of CapMan, a leading Nordic private asset expert with an active approach to value creation. As one of the private equity pioneers in the Nordics we have built value in unlisted businesses, real estate, and infrastructure for over three decades. With over to €4.7 billion in assets under management, our objective is to provide attractive returns and innovative solutions to investors. We are dedicated to set science-based targets to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. We have a broad presence in the unlisted market through our local and specialised teams. Our investment strategies cover minority and majority investments in portfolio companies and real estate, and infrastructure assets. We also provide wealth management solutions. Our service business includes procurement and analysis, reporting and back office services. Altogether, CapMan employs approximately 180 professionals in Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, London and Luxembourg. We are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki since 2001. For more information, visit growth.capman.com and www.capman.com.
Picosun provides the most advanced ALD (Atomic Layer Deposition) thin film coating solutions for global industries. Picosun’s ALD solutions enable technological leap into the future, with turn-key production processes and unmatched, pioneering expertise in the field – dating back to the invention of the technology itself. Today, PICOSUN® ALD equipment are in daily manufacturing use in numerous leading industries around the world. Picosun is based in Finland, with subsidiaries in Germany, USA, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, China mainland and Taiwan, offices in India and France, and a world-wide sales and support network. Visit www.picosun.com.