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Equity Guide 2016/2017

Equity Guide 2016/2017

Equity Guide 2016/2017
Frankfurt am Main

Managing Partner Christoph D. Kauter contributes an editorial on “Synergies in SMEs through add-on acquisitions”.

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sysob brings Beyond Capital Partners on board: How to integrate IT secruity into the market – and grow in the process

sysob brings Beyond Capital Partners on board: How to integrate IT secruity into the market - and grow in the process.

September 2016
Frankfurt am Main

In recent months, articles and reports on cyber attacks have repeatedly peppered the press. Under the dramatic headline “Cyber Security: The Hacker Twilight”, the Frankfurter Allgemeinse Zeitung reported in January 2016 that 700,000 households in Ukraine brielfy lost electricity. The most recent example is the failure of millions of lines at Deutsche Telekom. The cause of both problems was apparently not technical failure, but hacker attacks. The topic could not be more topical…

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

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.

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

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

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

Current Portfolio Companies