The shareholders of Losberger Holding GmbH (“Losberger”) and De Boer Structures Holding BV (“De Boer”) have reached an agreement with respect to the acquisition of De Boer by Losberger. This agreement has the full support of the management of both companies, and is subject to customary regulatory approvals for a transaction of this kind. The transaction is expected to close during the second quarter of 2017.
The combination of Losberger and De Boer, which will have a joint turnover of approximately €330 million and employing c. 1,200 employees, will result in a leading company in the rental and sale of temporary accommodations in the Industrial, Event, and Rapid Deployment Systems (RDS) market segments in Europe, with strong positions in the Middle East, USA, China and South-America
For Losberger the acquisition of De Boer will be a major step in becoming a leading provider in temporary space solutions in the Event market. Losberger will be able to significantly expand its Event rental business, grow in key regions in Europe and the Middle East, and realise cross selling synergies in its Industrial and RDS markets; the combination with Losberger will accelerate De Boer’s goal to further strengthen its leading position in the Event business, expand its product portfolio to grow in Industrial and RDS markets and will benefit from the in-house provision of Losberger structures; the combination will create a strong international company that will benefit from increased scale and complementary skillsets and a broad product portfolio. The offerings of Losberger and De Boer are highly complementary from a customer, geographical as well as products and services perspective; combining the core capabilities of Losberger and De Boer will cover the whole value chain, from engineering, procurement and production to sales and project management; Losberger and De Boer are both recognised brand names and well known in their markets. Therefore, the combination will be named Losberger De Boer Group to fully capitalize on the strengths of both brands. The combination will be led by an experienced management team that is composed of both Losberger and De Boer top management, and; NPM Capital, shareholder of De Boer, and Gilde Buy Out Partners, shareholder of Losberger, are convinced that the combination will create the basis for further strong and profitable organic as well as external growth.
Berndt Zoepffel, CEO Losberger, said: ‘We see De Boer as one of the leading companies in the Event industry with a high quality product portfolio, strong project management capabilities and an attractive long-term growth potential. Both companies have successfully worked together in the past on joint projects and we have experienced their leadership and corporate values to be very similar to Losberger. Combining our companies will make this combination a very professional partner for our customers.’
‘De Boer has a strong ambition to grow and expand its current businesses and to enter new regions’, said Arnout de Hair, CEO of De Boer. ‘In recent years we have strengthened our partnerships with key clients, developed new innovative structures and have shown our capabilities to manage complex projects and logistics. Losberger is the perfect partner for us to realise our ambitions and to enter into new global perspectives together. I am convinced that this transaction is in the best interest of our customers, our employees and our shareholders. As we are welcoming our new shareholder aboard, we close an exciting episode in our history so far, in which our current shareholder NPM Capital supported us in a very constructive and entrepreneurial way. We thank them for that.’
Building a Global Market Leader in Temporary Space Solutions
The offerings of Losberger and De Boer are highly complementary: from a customer, geographical as well as products and services perspective.
The more extensive product portfolio, larger customer group and growing global footprint will enable the combination to benefit from its increased scale: ability to execute larger projects, better utilisation of assets, a more balanced distribution of turnover in all seasons and optimised allocation of resources especially in the Benelux, Germany, France and UK; the complementary nature of both product and services offerings will accelerate cross-selling opportunities and cost synergies across all geographies; the geographic synergies between Losberger and De Boer will contribute to a market leading position in Europe and strong positions in the Middle East, USA, South-America and China;
being a structures manufacturer, Losberger will be able to supply De Boer directly with best in class structures. Supplied on this scale will be of great value to De Boer’s businesses as it will expand the existing volume of square meters of structures and reduce capital need. The engineering expertise of Losberger will also accelerate the innovation cycle of De Boer; Losberger and De Boer have many similarities and complementary beliefs and competences that are mutually beneficial. There is a strong cultural fit between both companies. They both value the quality of their solutions and share comparable brand values which are based on reliability, quality and customer focus.
The parties have agreed that no financial details about the transaction will be disclosed.