Pan-European mid-market private equity firm Agilitas has made its maiden investment with the management buyout of ISS Damage Control from ISS Group. The consideration for the acquisition is not being disclosed. ISS DC was established in 1983 and provides 24/7 damage control, rebuilding and emergency response services for fire and flood damage in Scandinavian commercial, industrial and residential properties.
Agilitas, a pan-European mid-market private equity firm, today announces its maiden investment with the management buyout (‘MBO’) of ISS Damage Control (‘ISS DC’ or ‘the Company’) from ISS Group. The consideration for the acquisition is not being disclosed.
ISS DC was established in 1983 and provides 24/7 damage control, rebuilding and emergency response services for fire and flood damage in Scandinavian commercial, industrial and residential properties, from its 54 branch offices situated across Norway, Denmark and Finland. In 2012 the business had a turnover of DKK 850 million and is the market leader in Norway and number two in Denmark.
Following the MBO, the Company will integrate its operations in the three Nordic countries into one standalone business under the leadership of Roar Smedsrud, currently CEO of the Norwegian business. ISS DC will focus on optimising its branch management and building its capabilities across the Nordic region to address new customer segments and strategic clients, as part of a transformational growth strategy.
Commenting on today’s announcement, Roar Smedsrud, CEO of ISS DC, said: “The creation of a single company under the ownership of Agilitas provides a game-changing opportunity for ISS DC.”
Martin Calderbank, Founding Partner at Agilitas, added: “We are delighted to be working with Roar and the team at ISS DC on our first investment. ISS DC matches the Agilitas criteria of a strong management team with well-developed plans to create value by transforming a defensible business.”
Torbjorn Midsem, Partner at Agilitas and joining Martin Calderbank on the Board of ISS DC, commented: “The depth of experience in the Agilitas team enabled us to resolve the complexities in this transaction and we look forward to working with Roar and his team to unlock the potential in business.”
Agilitas was advised on this transaction by:
PwC – Accounting and tax
Roland Berger – Commercial
Ashurst – Legal
Oriel – Finance
Mercer – HR
Marsh – Insurance
Notes to Editors
Agilitas Partners LLP – http://www.agilitaspartners.com
Agilitas is a pan-European mid-market private equity firm. The firm seeks to create long term value through business transformation and targets opportunities with an enterprise value of EUR50-300 million.
The Agilitas executive team is a highly experienced and successful investment team consisting of a close group of former colleagues. The six founding members of the team are Martin Calderbank, Serge Touati, Panos Loizou, Emin Aleskerov, Torbjorn Midsem and Charles Lemon. They have over 60 years combined private equity experience and, since 1995, have advised on EUR1.5 billion of equity investments in 28 transactions across 9 European countries.