March 2020: I-ADVISE AG advised Erich Utsch AG, Siegen, in taking over shares in UK-based Hills Numberplates Ltd (“Hills”).

In the context of combining businesses, Erich Utsch AG together with two former shareholders assumed all shares in Hills. Hills is UK market leader in the supply of legal number plates and licence plate components. Its subsidiary FaabFabricauto is French market leader. Hills group has circa 300 employees and generates a turnover of more than € 50 million.

Subsequent to the business combination, Erich Utsch AG and Hills group are the world’s largest group in the license plate segment with a combined workforce of more than 1,000 employees servicing customers in more than 130 countries.

I-ADVISE assisted Erich Utsch AG in the execution of the financial due diligence of Hills and its French subsidiaries.

Erich Utsch AG is the global leader in the production of vehicle license plates as well as related technology and system solutions.

I-ADVISE is an accounting and advisory firm specialised in transaction and valuation services and is a member of an international alliance of independent advisory firms.

DruckDüsseldorf, 21.1.2020: As part of the scholarship program ProTalent, I-ADVISE AG awards sponsorships to students at the Chair of International Accounting (IUR) at the Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU).

ProTalent is a scholarship program of WWU based on the German national scholarship program introduced by German government in 2011. The scholarship program of WWU is designed to support excellent students and to support education of young professionals. Frequent and regular contact and exchange of students with sponsors facilitate access to professional work experience.

Thanks to an improved financial independence sponsored students can focus on their studies and much better develop skills based on their talents.

Frank Berg, Partner of I-ADVISE AG, enthusiastically explains the commitment to the ProTalent scholarship program: „Sponsoring excellent performance and capabilities not only expresses our appreciation for talented and motivated students. We as a firm rate our role as sponsor as an excellent means to enter into exchange and discussion with tomorrow’s high performers. As a professional services firm we highly value quality and excellence not only in our work but also on the part of our employees. Participating in the scholarship program thus represents a consequent investment in the future success of our firm.“

Düsseldorf, November 2019: WILO USA LLC, a subsidiary of WILO SE, acquired the pump business of J-Line Pump Co. J-Line Pump Co. operated its pump business as American-Marsh Pumps. Wilo acquired the business via its newly founded subsidiary American-Marsh Pumps LLC in an asset deal. American-Marsh Pumps with 55 employees is headquartered in Collierville, Tennessee, USA.

“The acquisition of American-Marsh Pumps strengthens our strategic market position in the US, and expands the product portfolio for our customers in the Water Management, Industry and Building Services segments”, explains Oliver Hermes, President and CEO of Wilo Group. “This acquisition marks another important milestone in the execution of our growth strategy, following the successful acquisition and integration of the Cedarburg pump manufacturers Weil Pump & Scot Pump in 2017.”

WILO SE is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of pumps and pump systems for building services, the entire water management chain and industry. The company, whose sales reached more than 1.5 billion euros, has its eyes firmly fixed on the future and is heavily involved in research and development.

The team of I-ADVISE led by Frank Sichau provided services as financial advisor to WILO SE including business valuation services.

I-ADVISE is an audit and advisory firm specialising in transaction and valuation services and is a member of an international alliance of independent advisory firms.

Perpetual base rate for valuation dates in May 2019 is 0.77 % (not rounded, 3-month averaging, 1 % growth rate). – Non-binding indication as of today -

The base rate has been calculated based on yield curve data (Svensson method) as provided by Deutsche Bundesbank.
Upon your request we can calculate case-specific base rates for you, considering company-specific cash flows, growth rates and varying the period of averaging.

The organic food industry is steadily growing and is becoming increasingly important in the food market. The March issue of the I-ADVISE Spotlight “ORGANIC FOOD – STRONG GROWTH OF A HEALTHY MARKET” gives an overview of the strongly growing organic food market in Germany and takes a look into its future. We report on the structural changes in distribution channels, highlight key trends in the organic food sector and conclude with M&A activities of financial and strategic investors.

Access the publication in English here; for the German version please see here.

Düsseldorf, March 13, 2019: The fifth edition of the study on German valuation practice in squeeze-outs, mergers and other legal measures according to German law has been complemented by reports with valuation dates in 2018 and analyses the development of valuation practice since 2010.

The new I-ADVISE study can serve as a reference point for the most important parameters of valuations and offers an overview of solutions to a multitude of valuation questions by valuation professionals. “The new tendency to derive the terminal value from average margin estimates or long term projections by the valuator has a high potential value impact.”, explains Dr. Jochen Beumer, Head of Valuation Services of I-ADVISE AG.

You can download the complete study here. The German version may be dowloaded here.

February 2019: I-ADVISE AG advised Erich Utsch AG, Siegen, in realigning its business strategy divesting shares in a financial holding and assuming the majority shareholding in an Australian company.

Transactions executed for that purpose by the end of 2018 comprised the sale of all shares held by Erich Utsch in UTSCH Tönnjes International (“UTI”) and the acquisition of a majority stake in Australian LicenSys Pty Ltd. (“LicenSys”). The transactions are aimed to further drive forward Erich Utsch’s differentiation from competitors and strengthen its market positioning. Through the take-over of a majority interest in LicenSys, Erich Utsch has become market leader in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania. The acquisition also enables Erich Utsch to expand its technological base.

Erich Utsch AG is the global leader in the production of license plates and related system solutions.

I-ADVISE provided business consultancy with respect to specific economic issues in the context of the divestment of Erich Utsch AG’s UTI participation and the take-over of shares in LicenSys.

January 2019: I-ADVISE AG acted as court-appointed auditor in the context of the intended transfer of the shares of the minority shareholders of Pironet AG, Cologne, to CANCOM SE, Munich (squeeze-out).

In the Extraordinary General Meeting of Pironet AG on January 10, 2019 CANCOM SE as the majority shareholder of Pironet AG filed the motion to transfer the shares of the minority shareholders to CANCOM SE in return for a cash settlement of € 9.64 per Pironet share.

About Pironet AG
Via its wholly owned subsidiary, CANCOM Pironet AG & Co. KG, Pironet AG is the multi-cloud provider of the Munich-based CANCOM Group and offers its customers a wide range of IT outsourcing services. The ISG Experton Group estimates that CANCOM Pironet was among the top 10 cloud providers in the German B2B market in 2016. With around 250 employees, Pironet AG achieved sales of around € 56 million in 2018.

CANCOM SE as one of the leading providers of IT infrastructure and IT services in Germany, Austria, USA and the United Kingdom is listed on the TecDAX and SDAX of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. CANCOM group´s holistic product and service range includes IT consulting, design of IT architectures and IT landscapes, conceptual design and integration of IT systems, operation of IT systems, and sales of hardware and software.
The more than 3,000 employees worldwide generate annual sales of over € 1 billion.

I-ADVISE was responsible for ensuring the adequacy of the compensation of the minority shareholders of Pironet AG. In a comprehensive audit report, I-ADVISE confirmed the compensation determined by a valuation report.

January 2019: I-ADVISE AG advised Stadtwerke Gießen AG (“Stadtwerke Gießen”) on the sale of the electricity distribution grids of the city of Selters and the local community of Maxsain (“electricity distribution grids”) to Energieversorgung Mittelrhein (“evm”).

Around 88 kilometres of power lines and an associated operating property were sold to evm and the transfer of the grid service employees working in the grid area was agreed.

Stadtwerke Giessen is the regional energy supplier for the city of Giessen and the region “Mittelhessen” regarding electricity, natural gas and heat as well as drinking water. In addition, it operates the public bus services and the public baths. Stadtwerke Giessen, a 100% subsidiary of the university town of Giessen, with around 800 employees, supplies more than 190,000 customers and generated sales revenues of more than €400 million in 2017.

I-ADVISE comprehensively supported Stadtwerke Giessen in the preparation and execution of the transaction, by evaluating the electricity distribution grids and the operating property, preparing a fairness opinion and accompanying the contract negotiations.