GCA Altium has acted as exclusive financial advisor to Elvaston on the sale of a majority stake in GUS Group, the leading independent software vendor for SMEs in the process industry in the DACH region, to Bregal Unternehmerkapital.
GUS Group offers a complete set of software solutions tailored to the highly sensitive and heavily regulated needs of process industry clients. Beyond the comprehensive GUS-OS ERP suite, the Group’s solutions address the core areas of laboratory management, sales optimization, finance and HR management in the pharmaceutical, chemicals, cosmetics, food and food retail sectors. Headquartered in Cologne, the Group’s growth has accelerated through several acquisitions over the past three years, with the company now serving more than 1,200 customers, generating annual sales of around EUR 50m and employing over 380 people. The investment by Bregal Unternehmerkapital will further support the company’s strong growth trajectory.
Bregal Unternehmerkapital, a leading private equity investor specializing in mid-sized companies based in German-speaking Europe, emerged as the ideal partner for GUS, having previously invested in other ERP providers such as proALPHA, iptor and SHD.
„We are pleased that we could win Bregal as a further investor,“ says Dirk Bingler, CEO of the GUS Group. „The company can point to numerous successes in the European software market and we can benefit from this experience. In addition to our original ERP core business, we have recently expanded our portfolio primarily with laboratory management and sales optimization solutions, and the investment by Bregal will further drive our growth in these business areas as well.”
The transaction was signed in June and closed on 27 August 2020. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.