Ratioform Holding GmbH has been sold to TAKKT AG

The shareholders of Ratioform, the leading B2B direct marketing company within the distribution market for transport packaging in Germany, have sold 100% of their shares to TAKKT for approximately Euro 210 million.

Ratioform offers a range of more than 5,000 products from the areas warehouse and shipping. The products are almost exclusively available from stock. Ratioform sells its quality product range via a multi-channel approach mainly to B2B customers in different industries. “With Ratioform we acquire a dynamically growing company with management excellence. At the same time, we extend our product spectrum noticeably,” commented Dr. Felix A. Zimmermann, CEO TAKKT. The new company will form an independent third group within the TAKKT EUROPE division. The current management will remain responsible for management after the transaction has been closed.

Michael Vollmer, Managing Director of Ratioform, stated, “Due to the various similarities in our business models we have set the perfect basis for further growth in Europe with this partnership.”

Equistone is one of the leading European private equity firms with a team of 35 investment professionals in six offices in Germany, Switzerland, France and the United Kingdom. Equistone primarily acquires established mid-size companies with a strong market position, above average growth potential and an enterprise value between Euro 50 and 300 million.

TAKKT is the leading B2B direct marketing specialist for business equipment in Europe and North America. The Group is represented with its brands in more than 25 countries. The product range of the TAKKT subsidiaries comprises some 175,000 products for the areas of business and warehouse equipment, classic and design-oriented office furniture and accessories, and supplies for retailers, the food service industry and the hotel market. TAKKT Group employs some 1,900 staff, has around three million customers worldwide and distributes more than 45 million catalogues and mailings per year.

Lincoln International was mandated by the shareholders of Ratioform as exclusive M&A advisor for the sale process.

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