I-ADVISE advises sale of sepago GmbH to Proact IT Group AB

Düsseldorf, August 2022: I-ADVISE has advised the shareholders of sepago GmbH on the sale of the company to the Swedish Proact IT Group AB, a listed specialist in cloud services and data centre solutions.

Sepago is headquartered in Cologne, Germany. With its more than 85 employees sepago provides services in the areas of cloud computing, IT security and organizational consulting for medium-sized and large companies and supports them in digital transformation.

The I-ADVISE team led by Andreas Ewers acted as exclusive M&A advisor to the shareholders of sepago GmbH throughout the sales process.

I-ADVISE advises Wilo SE in its acquisition of specialists in wastewater treatment in Germany

Düsseldorf, August 2022: The multinational technology group Wilo aquired FSM Frankenberger GmbH & Co. KG in Pohlheim/Germany and WSM Walower Stahl- und Maschinenbau GmbH in Walow/Germany. Both companies specialise in technologies for mechanical cleaning and treatment of wastewater.

These strategic acquisitions specifically exand the technology company’s water management portfolio. “Thanks to the acquisitions, we can offer our customers an even wider range of solutions”, explains Oliver Hermes, President and CEO of the Wilo Group. “We are consistently following our strategic development from an expert for heating applications to a holistic solutions provider for all applications in the transport, use and treatment of water and wastewater.”

The two companies are integrated into the Strategic Business Unit (SBU) Water Treatment combining all Wilo Group activities in the field of water and sewage treatment. However, the companies will remain independent and continue to be run by local managers.

The Wilo Group is one of the world’s leading premium suppliers of pumps and pump systems for building services, water management and the industrial sector. Wilo employs around 8,200 people around the globe.

The I-ADVISE team led by Frank Sichau provided financial and tax due diligence support, business valuation services and supported Wilo group relating economical aspects in the SPA.

Current Base Rate, August 2022

Perpetual base rate for valuation dates in August 2022 is 1.39 % (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.

Current Base Rate, July 2022

Perpetual base rate for valuation dates in July 2022 is 1.24 % (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.

Current Base Rate, June 2022

Perpetual base rate for valuation dates in June 2022 is 0.83 % (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.

Current Base Rate, May 2022

Perpetual base rate for valuation dates in May 2022 is 0.58 % (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.

Dominik Lehmann strengthens the valuation team at I-ADVISE AG

Düsseldorf, October 2021: In Dominik Lehmann, I-ADVISE has gained an outstanding specialist in the field of company valuation. He has extensive experience in structural measures under stock corporation and conversion law, such as squeeze-outs, tax-related company valuations, fairness opinions and purchase price allocations.

After studying business administration at the universities of Gießen and Bochum, he started his professional career with auditing firms specializing in company valuations. After working at two Big4 companies, he is now strengthening the Frankfurt office of I-ADVISE. Dominik Lehmann is a tax advisor and certified valuation analyst. He regularly publishes articles in business valuation journals.

“We are pleased to have won Mr. Lehmann, a very experienced valuation expert with extensive experience in complex valuation projects, for the Frankfurt office.” Jochen Beumer, Head of Valuation Services at I-ADVISE.

I-ADVISE AG advises Wilo SE in its acquisition of QuantumFlo, Inc.

Düsseldorf, October 2021: WILO USA LLC, a subsidiary of WILO SE, acquired the operating business of QuantumFlo, Inc. in an asset deal. QuantumFlo, Inc. is a specialist for booster systems and intelligent pump stations.

QuantumFlo, Inc., based in Sanford, Florida/USA, is the US market leader in intelligent pump stations and creator of the world’s first variable speed booster operating system.

“With this acquisition, we are strengthening our presence in the USA in line with our ‘region-for-region’ approach. We are thus counteracting decoupling, the politically motivated separation of global value chains, and can serve local customer needs even more specifically with locally manufactured products. By acquiring QuantumFlo, we are also expanding our customer base to accelerate market development in the USA,” explains Oliver Hermes, President and CEO of the Wilo Group.

The Wilo Group with net sales of 1.5 billion € and 8.000 employees is one of the world’s leading premium suppliers of pumps and pump systems for building services, water management and the industrial sector.

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

I-ADVISE berät die WILO SE bei der Übernahme von QuantumFlo, Inc.

Düsseldorf, Oktober 2021: Die WILO USA LLC, eine Tochtergesellschaft der WILO SE, hat im Rahmen eines Asset-Deals das operative Geschäft von QuantumFlo, Inc., einem Spezialisten für Druckerhöhungsanlagen und intelligente Pumpensysteme, übernommen.

QuantumFlo, Inc. mit Sitz in Sanford, Florida/USA, ist Marktführer für intelligente Pumpensysteme in den USA und Erfinder des weltweit ersten drehzahlvariablen Booster-Betriebssystems.

„Mit dieser Akquisition verstärken wir ganz im Sinne unseres ‚region-for-region‘-Ansatzes unsere Präsenz in den USA. Damit begegnen wir dem Decoupling, der politisch motivierten Entkopplung von globalen Wertschöpfungsketten, und können noch gezielter lokale Kundenbedürfnisse mit lokal hergestellten Produkten bedienen. Außerdem erweitern wir mit dem Erwerb von QuantumFlo unsere Kundenbasis zur Beschleunigung der Marktentwicklung in den USA“, erklärt Oliver Hermes, Vorstandsvorsitzender und CEO der Wilo Gruppe.

WILO SE gehört mit einem Umsatz von rund 1,5 Milliarden Euro und ca. 8.000 Mitarbeitern zu einem der weltweit führenden Hersteller von Pumpen und Pumpensystemen für die Heizungs-, Kälte- und Klimatechnik sowie für Wasserversorgung und Abwasserentsorgung.

Das I-ADVISE Team unter der Leitung von Herrn WP/StB Frank Sichau unterstützte die WILO SE als Financial Advisor und bei der Unternehmensbewertung.

I-ADVISE advises Kamera Express on the acquisition of all shares in FOTO-GREGOR GmbH

Düsseldorf, September 2021: I-ADVISE advised Kamera Express, a portfolio company of Vendis Capital, Diegem/Brussels (Belgium), on the acquisition of all shares in FOTO-GREGOR GmbH.

FOTO-GREGOR GmbH and subsidiaries, also acquired in the context of the transaction, operate in total eight photo retail stores in Germany and a web shop. The group employs circa 100 people and is headquartered in Cologne, which is also the site of group’s main store.

Kamera Express, Capelle a/d Ijssel (The Netherlands), is the leading photo and video specialist in the Netherlands and Belgium. Through its own web shops and 21 brick-and-mortar stores, Kamera Express provides consumers with a wide product range and services. Since the investment of Vendis Capital in 2018, the business transitioned from a product orientated omni-channel retailer in the Netherlands to a fully-fledged European consumer platform. The acquisition of FOTO-GREGOR further strengthens the position of Kamera Express in Germany.

The I-ADVISE team led by Kim Niedernolte supported Kamera Express with financial due diligence and tax due diligence.