EQT VI today announces the decision to bring in a small group of partners through a 19% minority stake sale in Anticimex (“the Company”), valuing the Company at an enterprise value of approximately EUR 2.3 billion. The minority partners will hold the same mix of instruments as EQT VI.
Since the acquisition in 2012, EQT VI has transformed Anticimex from being a Nordic services conglomerate into becoming a leading global pure play pest control business, completing over 100 acquisitions worldwide and introducing the disruptive digital solution Anticimex SMART. During the EQT VI ownership period, Anticimex has tripled revenues and more than quadrupled its operating earnings.
Headquartered in Sweden, Anticimex operates 142 branches in 17 countries across Europe, Asia-Pacific and the US. With the Company’s over 80 years of consecutive revenue increase and recent growth acceleration, EQT VI remains a committed owner with an industrial and long-term approach.
“EQT VI is pleased to welcome the new investors and we see them as strategic business partners. Anticimex will now continue its journey towards becoming the global leader in preventive pest control with further international expansion and investments in the next generation of digital pest control technologies. I see this as yet another great example of EQT’s “future-proving” strategies in action”, says Per Franzén, Partner at EQT Partners and Investment Advisor to EQT VI.
Jarl Dahlfors, CEO of Anticimex complements: “Anticimex has grown tremendously together with EQT VI and we see attractive opportunities to continue expanding our business. Both through organic and acquisitive growth, as well as continued margin improvements. The ambition is to have revenues of EUR 1 billion with 20% margin within a few years. This is well in line with the historical track record of more than 20% top-line growth annually and a margin uptick of roughly one percentage point per annum. We welcome our new partners and look forward to their support in realizing that goal.”
The transaction is expected to be completed during the fourth quarter of 2017.
Per Franzén, Partner at EQT Partners and Investment Advisor to EQT VI, +46 8 506 55 448
EQT Press Office, +46 8 506 55 334
EQT is a leading alternative investments firm with approximately EUR 37 billion in raised capital across 24 funds. EQT funds have portfolio companies in Europe, Asia and the US with total sales of more than EUR 19 billion and approximately 110,000 employees. EQT works with portfolio companies to achieve sustainable growth, operational excellence and market leadership.
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Anticimex is a leading global specialist in preventive pest control with operations in 17 counties across Europe, Asia-Pacific and the US with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. With its approximately 4,500 employees, Anticimex serves more than 3 million customers across the globe and offers a broad range of preventive pest control solutions, including the digital solution Anticimex SMART and pest insurance.
More info: www.anticimex.com