PINOVA Capital has sold CLARUS Films Group to PREMIUM Equity Partners

Lincoln International (“Lincoln”), a leading global mid-market investment bank, is pleased to announce the successful sale of CLARUS Films Group to funds advised by PREMIUM Equity Partners and management. Seller is Munich-based private equity fund PINOVA Capital.

Lincoln acted as exclusive financial advisor to the seller, working closely with both PINOVA Capital and the CLARUS Films management team. Lincoln managed an auction process with interest from both strategic investors as well as financial sponsors.

Headquartered in Dietzenbach, near Frankfurt am Main, CLARUS Films has established itself as the leading independent value-added reseller in the packaging and lamination film sector. The recyclable foils are currently being distributed predominantly in the German-speaking region, however, European market reach will be significantly expanded over the next years through selective add-on acquisitions. CLARUS Films’ very fragmented customer base from the food and consumer goods industry values the high service quality of CLARUS Films, as well as its fast, reliable and flexible availability of high-quality packaging and lamination foils. The high service level and the future growth strategy will be further supported and accelerated with the opening of the new, state-of-the-art facilities in Dietzenbach at the end of 2018. Due to the high sales volume of over 30,000 tons per year, film manufacturers worldwide trust the cooperation with CLARUS Films as partner and specialized value-added reseller as it provides an attractive platform to enter European markets.

Norman Thom, managing director of CLARUS Films, said, “With PINOVA’s support, we were able to lay the ground for a long-term growth strategy. From now, CLARUS Films possesses all means to become the partner of choice in the (packaging) foil industry.”

Markus Mondani, managing director of CLARUS Films, said, “The management team is delighted that PREMIUM shares our strategic objectives and helps us to further multiply our success story.”

Fabian Walesch, partner at PREMIUM, added, “CLARUS Films is an exceptional company with a strong and crucial position in the packaging industry’s value chain. Together with the dynamic and experienced management team, we are looking forward to implementing the European growth plans and further expanding market leadership through selective add-on acquisitions.”

Martin Olbort, partner at PINOVA Capital, said, “Since our investment in 2012, CLARUS Films has developed very positively through organic and inorganic growth and an increasing internationalisation. We are convinced that PREMIUM is the suitable new owner to support the management with the company’s further growth.”

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