Polaris divests Louis Poulsen to Investindustrial

By on Juni 27, 2018

Polaris has entered into an agreement to divest its majority shareholding in Louis Poulsen to Investindustrial
Group Holdings SA, which is an investment subsidiary of Investindustrial VI L.P. (“Investindustrial”). Louis
Poulsen has developed strongly under Polaris’ ownership since the acquisition in 2014, generating
considerable revenue and earnings growth. The development has been driven by significant investments in
the Company’s brand, product development and sales as well as organizational and operational
improvements.

Since Polaris’ entry as majority shareholder, Louis Poulsen has increased revenue by more than 20% to
DKK 801 million in 2017, corresponding to average annual growth of 7%, and the profit margin (EBITDA) has
more than doubled. At the same time, Louis Poulsen has opened new showrooms in cities like Tokyo and
Los Angeles, moved to new markets such as South Korea, France and Italy, as well as strengthened the
overall sales force and organization which today counts more than 455 skilled employees. Investindustrial
acquires the majority shareholding in Louis Poulsen with a view to further develop the Company and
continue its profitable growth.

“We are very satisfied with the development in Louis Poulsen during our ownership, and we are pleased to
pass the baton to a skilled partner such as Investindustrial at a time when Louis Poulsen is stronger than
ever. We were able to swiftly and with great focus make the right investments and get the right management
team to join us on this journey, and that has contributed to ensuring profitable growth and a very positive
development in Louis Poulsen’s operations and sales efforts,” says Allan Bach Pedersen, Partner at Polaris.
Louis Poulsen has further improved quality and efficiency in the product development process while
simultaneously reducing time-to-market for new products and lowering sourcing costs in recent years. Under
Polaris’ ownership, Louis Poulsen has greatly accelerated the launch of new product families, driving an
increased share of the Company’s revenue and simultaneously contributing to maintaining customers’
interest in the recognized design icons.

“Polaris has been an active as well as highly competent owner and partner, and from day one we were able
to draw on the unique insight into the company and the market that they established during their last
ownership of Louis Poulsen until 2007. The progress recorded in recent years bodes well for the future for
Louis Poulsen, which we look forward to cementing as a global high-end lighting brand in cooperation with
Investindustrial,” says Søren Mygind Eskildsen, CEO at Louis Poulsen.

The transaction is conditional on customary regulatory approvals. The parties have agreed not to disclose
the transaction value. Polaris was advised by FIH Partners (M&A), Moalem Weitemeyer Bendtsen (legal),
PwC (financial and tax) and QVARTZ (commercial).

(source)


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