July 13, 2018
GCA Altium advises WMD Group on its strategic partnership with PINOVA
GCA Altium acted as exclusive financial advisor to the management shareholders of WMD Group, a leading workflow management software vendor for corporate data input automation, on its strategic partnership with PINOVA.
WMD Group is one of the leading providers of invoice automation solutions in the SAP environment globally. Its integrated end-to-end workflow digitization solution xSuite® includes digital incoming mail processing, workflow-supported invoice, order and order processing, file and contract management as well as archiving. Recently, the product portfolio of classic on-premises solutions was expanded to include cloud services. WMD Group supports an international customer base comprising global blue-chip accounts as well as local upper-mid-market companies.
The company, which was founded in 1994, is headquartered in Ahrensburg, Germany, and employs more than 180 employees globally.
The founders and managing directors, Andreas Karge (58) and Albrecht Lüdemann (58), will in due course hand over the management of the company to the long-standing co-partners and managing directors Matthias Lemenkühler (49) and Thomas Radestock (47). All four will remain shareholders in WMD Group, ensuring continuity. PINOVA Capital, an independent private equity firm with focus on innovative high-growth SMEs in the German-speaking countries, joins the management team as a shareholder in the company.
Andreas Karge and Albrecht Lüdemann commented: "We place the fate of the company in the hands of two long-standing allies who are more familiar with WMD Group and its product philosophy than almost anyone else. We are pleased we were able to win PINOVA as an experienced partner for the road ahead. We very much enjoyed working with the GCA Altium team on this deal and were impressed by their ability to attract significant interest for our company which helped us to find the right strategic partner for the Group's next stage of development. We look forward to leveraging PINOVA’s experience and network to further strengthen and expand our market position and technological leadership."
PINOVA will employ its industry resources and expertise to support the management transition and future growth of the company. In its next phase, WMD Group will focus, on the one hand, on further enhancing its technology platform so it can offer its customers digital workflow solutions on one central, secure and fast cloud-platform and, on the other hand, on accelerating the company’s international expansion.
Nina Albert, Partner at PINOVA added: "In recent years, WMD Group's management team has created an impressive growth story. We are convinced that WMD Group will continue to follow that path, especially internationally, and we look forward to being part of this success story in the future.”
Sascha Pfeiffer, Managing Director at GCA Altium, said: "With its unique combination of proprietary technology, innovation leadership and deep process know-how, WMD Group is at the forefront of digitalization of corporate processes. I have no doubt that the company will be able to capture the significant growth potential from the ongoing transition towards digital business processes internationally and will continue to flourish."
The transaction was completed on 11 July 2018. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.