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2020
Adviser to
on senior debt financing
Fixcel Group Oy is a manufacturer of movable steel-based modular buildings with globally patented module technology. Fixcel’s commercial operations were launched in 2018 and the company recorded net sales of EUR 33 million for financial year ended 31.3.2020. One of the benefits of Fixcel’s technology is healthy indoor air and its solutions are often used in schools, hospitals, elderly care and office buildings.

Nordhaven advised Fixcel on raising a new EUR 7 million senior debt funding package. Proceeds will be used for refinancing existing facilities and for implementation of rapid growth strategy, including capital expenditures for production capacity increase. The funding package also includes a flexible working capital facility for client project-related construction periods. New debt facilities were provided by two financiers under inter-creditor agreement.
We wanted to have a larger and more flexible funding package to support our continuing growth – without ownership dilution. The achieved funding solution with adequate liquidity reserves secures our growth strategy. We are very satisfied with Nordhaven’s thorough support and excellent process management from planning to signing. Highly recommended!” Says Anders Gylling, CEO of Fixcel Group Oy.
2020
Adviser to
on renegotiating EUR 80 million senior debt portfolio
Nordhaven advised Versowood to create a stronger financial position through renegotiating its EUR 80 million senior debt portfolio. Versowood is the largest family-owned forestry company in Finland with around 800 employees and annual turnover of approximately EUR 400 million. Versowood operates with business areas in Sawn timber, Glulam products, Wood packaging, Infra, and Energy.
Coronavirus and recent strikes in the forest industry sector had significant impact on the overall market conditions. We wanted to be far-sighted and reach a funding solution that bolsters our on-going operations. We are pleased with the negotiation outcome that was achieved with Nordhaven’s extensive support throughout the process.” Says Ville Kopra, CEO of Versowood Group Oy.
2020
Adviser to
and its owners on the sale to Kovinoplastika Lož
Nordhaven acted as financial advisor to the owner-family of Stala in a strategic European consolidation transaction. In the arrangement Stala was 100% sold to Slovenian Kovinoplastika Lož Group (“Kovinoplastika”). With the acquisition, Kovinoplastika strengthens its strategic goal to be among the three largest kitchen countertops and sinks manufacturers in Europe. Kovinoplastika’s products are sold in more than 50 countries and following the transaction Stala-branded products will be available in a wider geographical market.

Stala, founded in 1972, has a net sales level exceeding €11 million and strong profitability. The company employs close to 50 people. Stala’s key product groups are sinks and countertops for home kitchens, various waste sorting products as well as mailboxes.

Kovinoplastika was founded in 1954 and it has operations in 7 European countries and approx. 700 employees. The company operates in 3 markets: Window and door mechanisms (Fittings); Industrial molds (Toolshop) and Kitchen sinks, cookware and similar utensils (Inox). Kovinoplastika's net sales exceed 60 million euros and it is owned by the funds managed by private equity investor KJK Management.
For me and other family members it is very important that with the help of Nordhaven we could find a new owner who is committed to develop Stala’s operations in Lahti and support STALA brand grow further internationally” says Tuija Rajamäki.
2020
Adviser to
and its owners on the sale to Folmer
Nordhaven acted as financial advisor to the owners of Donier Gastronomie in its sale to Finnish private equity fund managed by Folmer. The founder of the company, Alexandre Donier, will continue as the Managing Director and shareholder in the company with the aim of building, together with the staff, Finland’s leading food wholesaler with a comprehensive offering. The company’s other shareholders shall remain as minority shareholders.

Since 2003, Donier Gastronomie has supplied high-quality ingredients from selected European producers to quality conscious restaurant and retail clients in large Finnish cities. The company is specialized in import and wholesale of dairy and poultry products. In addition, it provides a wide range of dry goods, meats and processed meat products as well as seafood. Donier Gastronomie offers its customers a transparent and traceable product chain as well as a responsible service concept with extremely high service orientation. The company has premises in Helsinki, Tampere and Turku and it has a current sales level exceeding €10 million.
For me as an entrepreneur it was utmost important that I could partner with such an experienced financial advisor like Nordhaven in finding and negotiating good deal for us, while I could focus on the business and clients” says Alexandre Donier, the founder and Managing Director of Donier Gastronomie.
2020
Adviser to
in the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Optidev AB
The total purchase price is SEK 200 million on a cash and debt free basis, payable through a combination of cash, equity and seller’s credit.

Optidev is a fast growing and profitable company which is expected to generate SEK 205 million in revenues in 2020 with a gross profit of SEK 113 million and EBITDA of SEK 36 million. Additionally, Optidev has an annual recurring revenue (ARR) from own developed software of SEK 22 million as of 30 June 2020, increasing Techstep's ARR by 60% to NOK ~60 million.

The combined company will be a leading IP and software-focused provider of deskless technology which help companies transform their capabilities by making work mobile, with strong established positions in Norway and Sweden, and a growing presence in Denmark. The acquisition is in line with Techstep’s communicated Nordic growth strategy.

About Techstep
Techstep is purpose-built to become a leading Managed Mobility Services provider in the Nordics. Techstep supplies hardware, software, connectivity and mobile device management bundled as a managed service. This enables enterprises and their employees to do their work across mobile devices and locations, with a high degree of security and operational stability. Techstep has 210 employees based in Norway and Sweden, serving close to 4,000 customers and 210,000 recurring revenue end-users across various industries in the private and public sectors. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

About Optidev
Optidev is a leading Nordic supplier of turnkey mobility solutions with focus on transportation and logistics and public safety sectors. The solutions include both software and hardware, enabling mobile access to mission critical information with automated data capture and traceability in real time. Optidev has 85 employees working from its offices in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The company was founded in 2000.
2020
Adviser to Abry-backed
on the acquisition of SKJ Systems
Nordhaven continued to act as financial advisor to Swedish Confirma Software in its latest acquisition in Finland i.e. the acquisition of SKJ Systems, a Finnish provider of Point-of-Sales (POS) systems under Jeemly and Flowvy brands. Simultaneously Capillar Adivisory, our Swedish partner firm in Clairfield International, advised Confirma to acquire DataVara, a provider of payroll systems for the Swedish SME segment.

Confirma Software was founded in 2019 by Abry Partners, US-based private equity fund with deep sector knowledge in business and information services. Since their founding in 1989, Abry has completed over 550 transactions and currently manages over $5.0 billion capital across their active funds.

Confirma Software has strategy to consolidate enterprise software companies with specialized offerings for SME customers throughout the Nordic countries. Nordhaven and Clairfield have been advising Confirma Software since its first acquisition and have now completed six transactions jointly.
Advisory work by the Nordhaven and Capillar teams was of the highest quality and enabled us to complete the transactions efficiently and expectedly. Their contacts and knowledge of the Nordic software sector has been instrumental for us in realizing the growth strategy” says Jarle Mørk, CEO of Confirma Software.
2020
Nordhaven advised
on the acquisition of NCC Road Services Sweden and Finland
Nordhaven advised Frankfurt listed Mutares in the acquisition of NCC Road Services Business in Sweden and Finland from NASDAQ Stockholm listed NCC. The acquired business is among the market leaders in both geographies. It offers comprehensive solutions within road operations and maintenance. Services include e.g. snow handling, road supervision, road maintenance, traffic signs, wildlife fences and road markings.

Mutares looks forward to supporting the initiatives already taken by the management and to develop the business even further as a stand-alone operation. The management has identified several opportunities and growth avenues that can be taken on together as a result of this transaction. Mutares is convinced that the cooperation with the motivated management will lead to further strengthening of the already strong market position in the Nordic markets.

NCC Road Services Business in Sweden and Finland is a part of the Infrastructure Business Area. NCC is one of the leading companies in the Nordics within construction, infrastructure and property development, with sales of about SEK 57 billion and 15,500 employees in 2019. The NCC share is listed on NASDAQ Stockholm.

Mutares SE & Co. KGaA is a holding company that acquires (parts of) companies that have a turnover of around EUR 50 to 500 million. It actively supports and develops its portfolio companies with its own investment and expert teams and through strategic add-on acquisitions.

Niklas Lönnberg, Associate Partner at Nordhaven, says: “The transaction is yet another example of a deal in our Nordic home markets. We do our utmost for our clients every time and are happy when we can contribute to the success of our clients.”

The transaction is expected to be completed during Q3/2020.

“The deal execution capability of Nordhaven in an international M&A transaction is impressive. They had the finger on the pulse throughout the whole process, and due to the activity and process coordination expertise of Nordhaven, timely decision making was possible. Not of course forgetting about the strategic advice that they gave to enable this important transaction. We are very pleased with the outcome”, says Jesse Petäjä, Manager at Mutares Nordics
2020
Adviser to Korona Invest and other owners on the sale of
to Læringsverkstedet
Nordhaven advised Pilke Päiväkodit and its owners on the sale of the company to Norway-rooted family company Læringsverkstedet. Following the transaction Læringsverkstedet will be the largest daycare group in the Nordics and one of the largest globally with combined sales of approx. €450 m in 2019 and operations in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Dubai and Latvia. Following the acquisition of Pilke Päiväkodit Læringsverkstedet plans to continue to grow in its existing countries as well as to increase its overall presence outside the Nordic region significantly.

Pilke Päiväkodit is a market leading private daycare company in Finland and it is well-known for high quality in its early education as well as substantial benefits created for municipalities. In addition to providing daycare services to over 10.000 children in over 150 daycare centres across Finland, Pilke Päiväkodit provides also after-school club and child home care services to its customer families. Throughout years Pilke Päiväkodit has been a regular study excursion destination for numerous Asian and European daycare operators who are interested in learning more about the benefits of the Nordic early education curriculum and benchmarking their operations with Pilke.

Pilke Päiväkodit has been majority owned by Finnish private equity investor Korona Invest since 2012. During Korona Invest’s ownership period the company has grown its sales from approx. €1.5 million to close to €100 million, it has opened over 50 new day care units nationwide and hired close to 2.000 daycare professionals.
“I am truly impressed by the work done by Nordhaven. The combination of compelling fact-based story-building and tactical skills, deep M&A and debt advisory expertise, high service level and a lot of laughs are Nordhaven’s ingredients for a highly successful international sales process. With the help of Nordhaven we were able to find the best home for Pilke and we are very proud to join an international market leader in our strongly developing industry segment.” says Kai Seppälä, founder of Pilke Päiväkodit.
2020
Adviser to
on renegotiating EUR 40 million debt portfolio and additional debt financing
Relating to coronavirus and challenging industrial market conditions, Nordhaven advised Terra Patris on renegotiating of its EUR 40 million debt portfolio and on additional debt financing. The debt portfolio included both bilateral loans and syndicated debt facility. Terra Patris Oy is a Finnish family-owned company with subsidiaries in leisure marine industry, construction equipment industry, contract manufacturing and in forest industry.
Coronavirus caused adverse market conditions for majority of our businesses. We wanted to take proactive approach and secure our liquidity reserves. Long-term debt funding solution achieved supports our growth strategy going forward. We are highly satisfied with Nordhaven’s value-adding support from planning to final execution” says Turkka Hirvonen, CEO of Terra Patris group.
2020
Adviser to
on the design of equity-based incentive plans
We advised Metso-Outotec in designing a Performance Share Plan for the top management, a Deferred Share Plan for other senior management and selected key employees and a Restricted Share Plan as a complementary structure for specific situations. Metso Outotec is a frontrunner in sustainable technologies, end-to-end solutions and services for the aggregates, minerals processing, metals refining and recycling industries globally.
2020
Adviser to
on the design of equity-based incentive plans
We advised Neles in designing a Performance Share Plan for the top management, a Deferred Share Unit Plan for other management and selected key employees and a Restricted Share Plan as a complementary structure for specific situations. Neles is one of the leading providers of mission-critical flow control solutions and services for process industries globally.
2020
Nordhaven advised
on the acquisition of parts of Caverion Industria's business
Nordhaven advises Elcoline Oy and its owners on the acquisition of parts of Caverion Industria’s business.

Following the transaction, Elcoline grows its business to nearly EUR 50 million in sales and transforms from a mid-sized industrial maintenance provider to a contender among the major corporations in the sector.

Elcoline Oy, a Finnish company providing contracting and maintenance services for industrial customers, acquired parts of Caverion Industria’s business operations in Finland.
2020
Adviser to
on transaction related changes to the various long-term incentive plan structures
We advised Metso on transaction related changes to the company's various long-term incentive plan structures. The combination of Metso Minerals and Outotec has been completed and the new company, Metso Outotec, was established on July 1, 2020. At the same time, Metso Flow Control became a separately listed independent company and started its journey under the name of Neles.
2020
Adviser to the owners and management of
on the sale to Conscriptor
The acquisition enables a leading provider of digital solutions within speech recognition, documentation and transcription services to the Nordic health care industry, to increase the work efficiency of health personnel and free more time for direct patient care.

Max Manus Group is the leading Scandinavian distributor of speech recognition solutions for healthcare professionals, providing customized speech recognition and digital dictation solutions to hospitals in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. Max Manus’ operational business is structured through the companies, Max Manus AS (Norway), Max Manus AB (Sweden) and Max Manus A/S (Denmark). The companies have historically not been consolidated, which has caused certain transactional obstacles for Management and Nordhaven to overcome.

“The spread of COVID-19 has increased the load on the healthcare system in all the Nordic countries. Efficient digital solutions as we provide, contribute to increase the capacity and therefore increase the ability to handle crisis situations. We see great opportunities going forward to help the healthcare system further free capacity, and at the same time relieve health care personnel which experience pressured working environments, also under more normal circumstances than what we have today” – Martin Elster, CEO Max Manus.

“We aim to be the Nordic-leader in liberate healthcare personnel’s time for direct patient care. Today, only 30% of healthcare personnel’s time is used on direct patient supervision. Our ambition is to double time for direct patient supervision from today’s levels by supplying transcription and speech recognition solutions. Specifically, this relates to enabling digitalization and usage of AI technology” – Henric Carlsson, CEO Conscriptor.

“There is a potential for an increase in efficiency in the Nordic healthcare sector, and we believe that administration and process handling will be further digitalized. We believe that Max Manus and Conscriptor possess the knowledge and solutions within documentation and transcription that will contribute to fundamental changes of administrative processes in the healthcare sector. The solutions will at the same time liberate time for direct patient care for doctors and other healthcare personnel” – Bjarne Lie, Managing Partner Verdane.

About Verdane

Verdane is a specialized growth investor cooperating and investing in ambitious, Northern European, technology companies, supporting further international growth. With a total of more than NOK 17 billion of committed capital, Verdane funds have invested in more than 120 companies in the growth sectors, including high-tech industrials, e-commerce, software, energy- and resource-efficiency and financial services. Verdane has more than 50 employees and offices in Berlin, Copenhagen, Helsinki, London, Oslo and Stockholm.

About Conscriptor

Conscriptor is Sweden’s largest supplier of journal documentation services and dictation solutions for hospitals and clinics. Conscriptor was founded in 2006 in Orust, Sweden and today employs more than 200 people. Conscriptor is behind, amongst others, Europe’s most popular dictation app within the health care sector, MedSpeech, and today handles approximately 10% of all journal documentation in Sweden.

About Max Manus

Established in 1946 by the Norwegian WWII hero Max Manus, the company initially sold office supplies, however developed to be a leading provider of speech recognition and dictation solutions in Scandinavia. Their speech recognition solution is currently used by more than 10,000 healthcare professionals and the digital dictation platform has over 20,000 users. Today Max Manus is present in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, and have more than 50 employees located in their offices in Oslo, Århus, Copenhagen and Gothenburg.
2020
Adviser to the owners and management of
on the sale to EG
Nordhaven Corporate Finance acted as exclusive financial adviser to the management and owners of Holte in the sale to Francisco Partners’ Danish portfolio company EG.

The acquisition is part of an ambitious EG-strategy to digitize the construction industry in Scandinavia. “By combining EG's and Holte's product portfolio we can deliver the best solution to manage the complex processes and data flow within the construction industry”, says Mikkel Bardram, CEO at EG.

Holte is the Norwegian market leader within workflow management software for the building construction industry with solutions that assist construction companies to manage all steps of a construction process from project calculation to complete documentation and follow up. Holte delivered strong and stable revenue growth, with high and increasing SaaS revenue and a solid EBITDA margin.

“EG and Holte are both experts within the construction industry and offer a broad set of modules in an integrated software platform. We transform complex processes into simple intuitive solutions for our customers. By combining the strengths of EG and Holte we create a true Scandinavian champion within software solutions for the entire construction sector”, says Jesper Andersen, EVP, EG Private.

“We see EG as an ambitious strong owner who will invest in the continued development of Holte's solutions in an international market. There is a great potential for a comprehensive digitalization in the construction business”, says Eilif Holte, founder of Holte.

“EG and Holte are a perfect match and our already existing collaboration shows good cultural fit. We share the same focus on long-term customer relationships and high customer satisfaction”, says Aleksander Bjaaland, CEO at Holte.

About Francisco Partners
Francisco Partners is a leading global private equity firm which specializes in investments in technology and technology-enabled businesses. With over $15 billion of capital raised to date, Francisco Partners is one of the largest and most active technology-focused private equity firms in the world.

About EG
EG is a Scandinavian software company with more than 1,000 employees working from 15 skill centers in Scandinavia and Poland. We develop, deliver and service our own software for more than 9,500 private and public clients.

About Holte
Holte is a Norwegian leading supplier of software, services and courses within disciplines such as HSE, quality assurance, building permit applications, estimation, third party control, management, operation and maintenance (MOM) and project management. Holte was established in 1987, has 135 employees and offices in Oslo, Trondheim, Tønsberg og Gdansk.
2020
Adviser to
on the sale to Monnoyeur Group
Nordhaven Corporate Finance advised Finnish Point Group and its owners on the sale of the company to Arkance, a subsidiary of French Groupe Monnoyeur. Sellers in the transaction were Point Group’s management and key employees as well as Ramboll.

Point Group provides planning and information management software solutions for the built environment. Civilpoint, a subsidiary of Point Group, was the first to introduce BIM for Finnish infrastructure projects and today holds a significant share of the Finnish CAD/BIM market for infrastructure construction. Point Group has revenues of 8 million euros and 40 employees.

Groupe Monnoyer, a French family business founded in 1906, is a leading retailer and wholesaler of machinery and services for industry and construction. Its Arkance division has the vision to become as the European leader in the market for Infrastructure and building construction technologies, including software for all phases of the construction project lifecycle.
“Nordhaven expertise and commitment to our goals was superior. The sales material was of the highest quality, the process management was appreciated by all parties involved and the outcome to the sellers was very satisfactory” says Mikko Leppänen, Chairman of the Board at Point Group.
2020
Transaction bonus advisory
Transaction bonus advisory to Neste. Neste is engaged in the refining and marketing of petroleum and petroleum products.
2020
Adviser to
on the design of an equity-based incentive plan
We designed a new matching share plan for the top management and other selected key employees of Ahlstrom-Munksjö. Ahlstrom-Munksjö is one of the world's leading players in sustainable and innovative fiber solutions.
2020
Adviser to
on the design of an equity-based incentive plan
We designed a performance share plan for the management and key employees of F-Secure. F-Secure is a Finnish cyber security and privacy company based in Helsinki, Finland and with a presence in more than 100 countries.
2020
Adviser to
on the sale to Swedish listed Indutrade Group
Nordhaven Corporate Finance advised Jouka Oy and its owners on the sale of the company to Swedish listed Indutrade Group.

Jouka designs and manufactures ball valves and ball valve units. The company offers customized products with a high degree of customer specific R&D. Customer segments include machine building, marine, processing, and pulp & paper industries primarily in the Finnish market. Jouka’s annual net sales are approximately EUR 6.5 million.


“We are extremely pleased with the outcome of the process” says Risto Lehtimäki, one of the owners and the Chairman of the board at Jouka. “The whole process was extremely smoothly run by the Nordhaven team and it was a real pleasure working with them” he continues.
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