Friedberg, Germany — The EQT Opportunity Fund has signed an agreement with the Pfaff Family to acquire a majority stake in Pfaff-silberblau.
“The management is very satisfied that such a strong financial partner as EQT has been found as the new majority owner of Pfaff-silberblau. We are happy that EQT, with its industrial approach and wide network, supports our current business strategy. The EQT investment, will help us to capture the full potential of the company”, said Martin Kutschka, CEO of Pfaff-silberblau.
Christoph Pfaff, representative for the Pfaff family, which will continue to be a shareholder in the company, was very pleased about the transaction: “EQT is a truly extraordinary shareholder for Pfaff-silberblau, as the fund combines features of the highly successful business of the Swedish Wallenberg family with the financial strength and know-how of an experienced private equity investor.”
“We are convinced that Pfaff-silberblau is acting in a very interesting and growing industry. The development potential of the operations and the committed employees were major reasons for our investment decision,” said Ernst Ludes, partner at EQT Partners. “We are also very happy to announce that Sven Stork, who is a proven Chairman and former CEO within the EQT network, has accepted the chairmanship of the future Pfaff -silberblau board.
Founded over 135 years ago and headquartered in Derching/Friedberg, Germany, Pfaff-silberblau employs 325 people. The company operates in the field of material lifting and handling of heavy weights and is also one of the most important players within the area of actuator technology.
The EQT Opportunity Fund was launched in the beginning of 2006 and makes impact investments in medium-sized companies which have a sound underlying business and a clear value creation potential, but which also face problems requiring special expertise to resolve. The Fund is active in Northern Europe and in German-speaking countries.