Hamburg/Munich, August 6, 2012. Funds advised by BC Partners (“BC Partners”) are
acquiring the Aenova Group, one of the leading international service providers in the
pharmaceuticals and health care industry. A contract to this effect was signed today with the
previous majority shareholder Bridgepoint. The parties have agreed not to disclose the
purchase price. The transaction is subject to antitrust clearance.
“As Europe’s leading service provider in the development, manufacture and marketing of
pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements for a broad range of customers in the
pharmaceuticals and healthcare sector, Aenova is superbly positioned,” says Stefan
Zuschke, a managing partner at BC Partners. “In addition to continued organic growth, we
are also planning further acquisitions to broaden the company’s range and to additionally
enhance its competitive position in the international markets.” He adds that he is particularly
pleased that the management team led by CEO Heiner Hoppmann and CFO/CPO Frank
Elsen will remain at the company’s helm.
"During Bridgepoint's ownership Aenova has been transformed by management into one of
Europe's leading contract development and manufacturing organisations making it a key
partner for many of Europe's leading blue chip pharmaceutical companies. Aenova is well
invested and has strong prospects for further growth" said Michael Davy, a partner at
Bridgepoint and Chairman of Aenova.
Says Aenova CEO Heiner Hoppmann: “BC Partners is management’s preferred partner as
we will be able to continue and expand our proven strategy of customer centricity, quality,
innovation and growth.”
Bridgepoint first invested in Aenova in 2005.
For further information:
For BC Partners
Perfect Game Communications
Phone: +49 89 30 90 52 95 0
Mobile: +49 171 83 91 901
CEO Aenova Holding GmbH
Phone: +49 8808 9243101
Mobile +49 151 14259165
Phone: +44 207 432 3555
Mobile: +44 7802 259 761
Rachel Thomas (Merlin PR)
Phone: +44 207 726 8400
Mobile: +44 7787 504447
With revenues of around EUR 250 million, the Aenova Group is one of the leading
international service providers in the pharmaceuticals and health care industry. Driven by its
high standards of quality, innovative technology and a clear orientation to the future, it has
evolved into Europe’s leading operator in the development, manufacture and marketing of
pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements. Its range comprises solid dosage forms such as
soft and hard capsules, tablets, film-coated tablets, dragées and effervescent tablets. With
headquarters in Pähl near Munich, the company has production facilities in five countries
(Germany, Switzerland, France, Romania and the United States). Around 1,600 employees
contribute to the Company’s success.
About BC Partners
BC Partners is a leading international private equity firm which specializes in large and
complex transactions. With local teams in Europe and North America, the company
concentrates on advising international market leaders. Working in collaboration with
management, it develops these companies with the aim of generating sustained value.
Since its establishment in 1986, the funds advised by BC Partners have invested in 79
companies with a total enterprise value of EUR 74 billion. In Germany, BC Partners holds a
majority interest in the leading European diagnostics service provider Synlab, which has
been expanding sharply over the past few years, and in transformer producer SGB-SMIT.
Bridgepoint is a European private equity firm focussing on the acquisition of companies
valued up to €1 billion. With some €11 billion of capital raised to date, it typically focuses on
acquiring well managed companies in attractive sectors with the potential to grow organically
or through acquisition. Although a generalist investor, Bridgepoint has developed expertise
in the business services, consumer, financial services, healthcare, media, and industrial
sectors. It has offices throughout Europe in Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Luxembourg,
Madrid, Milan, Paris, and Stockholm as well as a portfolio development office in Shanghai.