Beyond Capital Partners accomplishes closing of 75.1%-stake acquisition in lighting specialist LDBS Lichtdienst GmbH

March 2016
Frankfurt am Main

A fund advised by Beyond Capital Partners („Beyond Capital“) accomplished the closing of the acquisition of a 75.1% stake in LDBS Lichtdienst GmbH („LBDS“).

LDBS is a leading one-stop-shop lighting technology specialist in the German speaking region and provides a complete service portfolio in the field of lighting for B2B customers in Retail and other industries. With its integrated service concept, the company offers a unique position compared to its peers, comprising a combination of the entire value-chain for lighting solutions, an in-depth product expertise and a one-stop service and maintenance approach. Additionally, LDBS uses its online platform to market a broad product portfolio that distributes lamps, luminaires and technical components.

Together with Beyond Capital, LDBS achieved already first milestones in its target to develop new market segments and to expand its geographic coverage.
“With Beyond Capital, we found a partner who represents our corporate values and who is from day one an ideal fit for our envisaged future growth path. Over the past months, Beyond Capital allowed us already to both identify potential buy-and-build targets for future add-on acquisitions as well as they opened their extensive network to us to develop several new customer relationships in the path of our joint growth strategy. As Managing Partners of LDBS, we are convinced that the partnership with Beyond Capital will expand our market position over the coming years significantly”, says Robert Bechtle, Managing Partner of LDBS Lichtdienst GmbH.

Beyond Capital Partners is an investment company focusing on the acquisition of majority shareholdings of profitable small- and medium enterprises in the German speaking DACH region.

"Even after 20 years, our desire for something new has not yet been satisfied. Together with Beyond Capital Partners, we want to reach the next level, bring our agency forward, open up new target groups and locations and attract new employees.”

Alexander Osterwald,
Founder and Managing Director von ECD International

Alexander Osterwald,
Founder and Managing Director von ECD International

"For us, Beyond Capital Partners is the ideal partner, as we are pursuing the same vision – to become one of Europe's leading experiential marketing agencies"

Jörn Pfotenhauer,
Founder and Managing Director von ECD International

Jörn Pfotenhauer,
Founder and Managing Director von ECD International

Portfolio

ECD International Holding GmbH

Purchase: August 2023

Key Figures at the Time of Acquisition

EUR 10-15 Mio.
Turnover

20 %
EBITDA

25
Employees

Value Creation Levers

Operational Improvements
  • Expansion of digital skills (apps, AI tools)
  • Process optimization / efficiency enhancement
Organic Growth
  • Hiring new employees
  • Attracting new customers
  • Cross-selling potential with existing customers
  • Opening of new lcoations: national and international expansion
  • Diversification of service portfolio
  • Increasing brand awareness
Inorganic Growth
  • Acquisition of specialist agencies

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Agency
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Forestry
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Soft & Cloud GmbH​

Software Distribution

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Ank-Kaiser Sanitätshaus GmbH

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Dr. Hoffmann Facility Services Group GmbH

Industrial Cleaning
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Wiethe Content GmbH

E-Commerce

The Wiethe Content Group is the largest e-commerce photo studio in Europe and an innovation leader in the area of ​​CGI and digitalization.

Xortec GmbH

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OUNDA GmbH

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Under the brand name “Klein, aber fein “, and with 110 shops across Germany, OUNDA is the leading group of premium opticians and acoustic solution providers in Germany.

LDBS Lichtdienst GmbH

Lighting Technology

LDBS is a leading lighting specialist in German-speaking countries and offers B2B customers a unique complete service for all aspects of lighting.

Seals of our Portfolio Companies

Former Portfolio Companies

EBERTLANG Distribution GmbH

IT / Software (B2B)

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sysob IT- Unternehmensgruppe GmbH

IT Security

sysob is a leading independent specialist distributor with over 1,200 partners and 180 top partners in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

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Lifestyle & Entertainment

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Holger Grelck,
Managing Director of Holger Grelck Forstbaumschulen GmbH

Holger Grelck,
Managing Director of Holger Grelck Forstbaumschulen GmbH

Portfolio

Holger Grelck Forstbaumschulen GmbH

Purchase: September 2023

Key Figures at the Time of Acquisition

EUR 5-15 Mio.
Turnover

>30 %
EBITDA

50
Employees

Value Creation Levers

Operational Improvements
  • Optimisation and digitalization of business processes such as finance, HR and IT
  • Succession planning for management & hiring of new commercial director
  • Set-up of comprehensive reporting
Organic Growth
  • Expansion of cultivable land under management
  • Intensification of sales activities and channels (i.e. website)
  • Set-up of additional service offerings such as forestry services, certificate trading, tree sponsorship offerings
Inorganic Growth
  • Acquisition of other players to accumulate more cultivable land and take over qualified personnel and machinery
  • Build-up of cooperations with local forest nurseries to establish show rooms for on-site sales activities

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Current Portfolio Companies

ECD International Holding GmbH

Agency
ECD International is a multidisciplinary and internationally active full-service agency in the premium and luxury segment and offers first-class services such as brand management, live marketing, communication, creative work, guest relations and CRM programs for a demanding target group.

 

Holger Grelck Forstbaumschulen GmbH

Forestry
Holger Grelck Forstbaumschulen is one of the leading forest nurseries for seedling production in Germany and has over 100 ha of cultivable land in the Halstenbek area near Hamburg.

Soft & Cloud GmbH​

Software Distribution

Soft & Cloud is one of the leading providers of used standard software in Germany and partner for digital solutions as well as consultant for IT issues for business-to-business customers.