Owner family has sold Wolfensberger to Fidelium Partners
The family-owned Wolfensberger AG, a provider of sand casting, precision casting and machining based in Bauma, Switzerland, was sold in December 2017 to Fidelium Partners, a Munich-based private equity fund backed by German entrepreneurial families. With this sale to a long-term committed investor, the selling family has realised an ideal succession solution which allows the company to invest both in further modernisation and automatisation as well as in new manufacturing technologies — hence securing the best possible future for the company. The parties have agreed not to disclose any financial details.
Lincoln International acted as the exclusive M&A advisor to the board and the owner family in this transaction, supporting and advising amongst others on all processual, financial and tactical aspects. The transaction marks Lincoln International’s sixth successful sell-side transaction of 2017 in Switzerland and underlines Lincoln International’s leading position in the industrial and automotive sectors and exemplifies its capabilities in developing and realising ideal succession solutions for family-owned businesses.
Wolfensberger AG is a provider of sand casting, precision casting (Exacast) and machining, holding globally leading market positions in its chosen niches. The company serves a highly attractive, global blue-chip customer-base in a wide range of markets, among them commercial vehicles, shipbuilding, machine engineering, mining and construction and energy. Further, Wolfensberger is one of the leading innovators worldwide in thin-walled steel casting technology. Founded in 1924, Wolfensberger employs approximately 200 full-time employees.
Fidelium Partners is a Munich-based private equity fund, focusing on profitable businesses that show improvement potential through targeted operational measures. Backed by a number of German business families, an equity fund of EUR 103 million is available for acquisitions, follow-on investments, and add-ons.
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