February 17, 2016
Alexander Grünwald, Thomas Eulau, Nicola Sprenger, Arjeta Berisha
GCA Altium advises Gantner on its sale from Identec Group to Ardian
GCA Altium acted as financial adviser to the shareholders of Gantner, Europe’s leading provider of premium RFID system solutions for fitness and bath & therms, on its sale from Identec Group to Ardian.
Since its founding over 30 years ago in Schruns, Austria, Gantner has established itself as a pioneer in the field of contactless RFID and NFC solutions. The Company is the leading international manufacturer of RFID access control, electronic locking and cashless payment applications for the European fitness industry. Furthermore, its systems can be found in attraction and water parks, public pools and spas, as well as in commercial and public buildings. Gantner also offers high security access control and staff time recording devices for companies looking to secure and streamline their organizations. Gantner is active in over 60 countries and has subsidiaries in Germany, the United Kingdom, Dubai and Australia. Currently, the Company employs a staff of approximately 200. In 2015, Gantner posted a turnover of approximately € 36 million, which corresponds to over 20% growth compared to the previous year.
With the support of Ardian, Gantner aims to accelerate its growth strategy by tapping into new markets as well as through add-on acquisitions.
Elmar Hartmann, Managing Director of Gantner, said: “With our long-term experience, our in-house R&D skills and our excellent team, we offer our clients the most innovative product solutions combined with state-of-the-art technology. In Ardian we have found an entrepreneurial partner who not only understands our business but who will also support us in accelerating Gantner’s international expansion. We look forward to continuing our successful growth path together with Ardian.”
This latest transaction reinforces GCA Altium’s position as a leading European corporate finance adviser in the Technology sector, having recently advised Allgeier on the MBO of terna, Aviaso on its sale to Honeywell and SoftwareONE on its partnership with KKR.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.