Beyond Capital Partners acquires shareholding in leading lighting specialist LDBS Lichtdienst GmbH

September 2015
Frankfurt am Main

Through notarization, a company advised by Beyond Capital Partners („Beyond Capital“) acquired a shareholding in LDBS Lichtdienst GmbH („LBDS“).

LDBS is a leading lighting technology specialist in the German speaking region that distributes lamps, luminaires and components and offers a complete service portfolio in the field of lighting. With its integrated service concept, the company offers a unique position, comprising a combination of trading, in-depth product expertise and a one-stop service approach. Additionally, LDBS uses its online platform to market a broad product portfolio.

Beyond Capital is an investment company focusing on the acquisition of majority shareholdings of profitable small- and medium enterprises in the German speaking DACH region. Together with Beyond Capital, LDBS intends to access new market segments and an expansion of its geographic coverage. Furthermore, the management of LDBS remains under the responsibility of the founders and shareholders – Robert Bechtle und Bernd Schwettmann – who successfully developed LDBS over the past 15 years.

„With Beyond Capital, we found a partner who is both sharing our entrepreneurial values as much as enabling our future growth path in an ideal way. Hence, we will gain access to capital for our further growth activities and to Beyond Capital´s network which will both strongly support our long-term strategy “, says Robert Bechtle, managing director and shareholder of LDBS Lichtdienst GmbH. The closing of the transaction is intended to take place by the end of the year.

"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

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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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Seals of our Portfolio Companies

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