Invision sells stake in Kraft & Bauer

INVISION sold its majority stake in Kraft & Bauer to a fund advised by Deutschen Beteiligungs AG (DBAG). Kraft & Bauer was acquired in 2013 as part of a succession solution from its founder Klaus Bauer. With the divestment, the last portfolio company of the 2008 vintage INVISION IV L.P. fund was successfully realized.

„Since INVISION invested in Kraft & Bauer, the company experienced an annualized growth of over ten percent. Customers appreciate the high quality of Kraft & Bauer’s products as well as the excellent service,“ explains Martin Spirig, responsible Partner at INVISION. Frank Becker, Managing Partner at INVISION, adds: „This is the merit of the management with founder Klaus Bauer and managing director Frank Foddi as well as all employees of Kraft & Bauer, whom we would like to thank for the successful cooperation.”

„Over the past five years, Kraft & Bauer and INVISION were able to implement major growth initiatives, such as the development of the latest generation of fire extinguisher control systems, the expansion of the product range into flame absorption, the acquisition of new customers and continued internationalization into Italy. „We are delighted to have DBAG at our side in the future, as a partner with extensive experience in the mechanical engineering sector.”

“We are investing in a company that has achieved a leading position in its niche market with products that are critical to both success and safety,” explained Dr Rolf Scheffels, member of the DBAG Board of Management, when the contract was signed this week. “Kraft & Bauer is benefiting not only from its strong market position, but also from the growing importance of fire protection measures for machine tools overall.”


About Kraft & Bauer

Kraft & Bauer (www.kraft-bauer.com) develops, produces and installs fire extinguishing systems for 800 different types of tooling machines. They focus on microprocessor-based fire extinguishing systems that are able to detect fire and initiate the extinguishing process. The fire protection systems are either installed directly onto the machine by Kraft & Bauer employees or are sold as a kit to machine manufacturers. Kraft & Bauer employs around 80 people at its headquarter in Holzgerlingen (Baden-Wuerttemberg), the subsidiary in Bannwil (Switzerland) and the 13 service locations in Germany, Switzerland and Italy.


About Invision

Since its foundation in 1997, Invision has become one of the leading investment companies for succession situations and growth financing in Europe. Over this period, INVISION has invested over EUR 750 million in equity capital in more than 50 companies, achieving sustainable value creation. Invision is a dedicated and entrepreneurial partner to founders, entrepreneurs and management teams. For all its investments, Invision places emphasis on thoroughly understanding the specific needs of the company as well as its founders, developing individual and tailor-made solutions. INVISION invests into established midsized companies while focusing on succession cases.

More information at www.invision.ch


About Deutsche Beteiligungs AG

The stock-listed Deutsche Beteiligungs AG initiates and advises closed private equity funds and invests alongside the DBAG funds in well-positioned medium-sized companies with development potential. DBAG focuses on the industrial sector, in which German SMEs particularly thrive in comparison to international standard. With the experience, know-how and private equity, DBAG assists the portfolio companies in implementing a value improving strategy. The entrepreneurial investment approach makes DBAG a valuable partner in the German-speaking region. The capital managed and advised by the DBAG Group amounts to around EUR 1.8 billion. 



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