June 28, 2017
M&A, Debt advisory
GCA Altium advises Odewald KMU on the sale of univativ to funds advised by Triton
GCA Altium acted as exclusive financial advisor to the shareholders of univativ, a leading provider of IT and digital operations support services by young talents, on its sale to funds advised by Triton. Triton has acquired a majority stake in univativ while the three founders remain co-invested.
univativ is a leading provider of IT and digital operations support services by young talents, i.e. predominantly students and graduates. Founded in 1998, univativ has built a unique network across key academic institutions, its proprietary talent pool and a huge customer base across Germany and Switzerland. The Company is a long-standing, strategic partner for blue-chips from virtually all industries, offering access to highly demanded and flexible young talent at an unmatched price / quality ratio. Since its acquisition by Odewald KMU in 2012, univativ has shown a strong growth trajectory and complemented its service offering by strategic add-on acquisitions.
"univativ Group, as one of the market leaders in German speaking Europe, has been building its current presence over the last 20 years. This transaction is an important milestone, enabling us to continue with our strategic efforts. We welcome Triton as a new majority owner and a respected investor who will support us in developing innovative services and executing our plans for further expanding our market positions,” said Martin Ilg, Henning Loof and Olaf Kempin, who are the founders and Managing Directors of univativ.
Sascha Pfeiffer, Managing Director at GCA Altium, said: "univativ is a uniquely positioned specialist services company which has demonstrated impressive revenue growth in recent years. We are convinced that the company will continue to flourish under Triton’s ownership.”
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval in relevant jurisdictions.
This marks GCA Altium’s sixth transaction in the Technology & Tech-enabled services sector in 2017, making it one of the leading teams in this space in Europe.