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++ Heliad acquires indirect shareholding of 22% in time:matters GmbH, a
leading company in the field of specialist logistics
++ Unique position in an attractive niche of the logistics market
Heliad, a publicly listed private equity investment company, has acquired
an indirect shareholding of 22% in time:matters GmbH ('time:matters'), a
leading company in the field of specialist logistics. A majority of the
shares in the former Lufthansa Cargo AG subsidiary was acquired by funds
advised by Buchanan Capital Partners, an investment company focused on
high-growth medium-sized companies, at the end of last year. Since then,
the company has been successfully assisted in its further expansion.
Heliad’s investment should enable the complementary networks and the
capital strength of the two investment companies to be used for the further
development of time:matters, in which Lufthansa Cargo AG still holds a
minority shareholding. In the interests of maintaining a uniform management
structure, Buchanan Capital Partners will continue to act as the lead
investor for time:matters and will manage Heliad’s investment.
The specialist logistics company time:matters provides its customers with
services in the fields of courier, same-day and emergency logistics. The
company, which is based in Neu-Isenburg, relies in this respect on a
network of more than 300 transport and logistics partners around the world,
which provide transport by air, rail and road. The core business of
extremely time-critical courier services forms the foundation for the two
high-growth business fields of same-day services and emergency logistics.
Exclusive agreements with Lufthansa Cargo AG and Deutsche Bahn provide
time:matters with a favourable starting point to benefit as an established
logistics company from the general trend towards complex courier same-day
and emergency logistics services, as well as from the globalisation of
markets, and to exploit market opportunities flexibly. Since its
foundation in 2001, time:matters has achieved consistently profitable
growth averaging 30% per annum, generating sales of more than Euro 30
million in 2006 with a total of 45 employees at the end of the year.
Ralf Flore, CEO of Heliad, sees the investment as being highly promising.
'Alongside the superb management, it was the company’s unique market
position due to its close cooperation with Lufthansa Cargo AG and Deutsche
Bahn AG which drove our decision to invest in time:matters. The company has
occupied a highly attractive niche within specialist logistics and fits
excellently into our portfolio of high-growth owner-run companies.'
++ About Heliad
Heliad is a publicly listed investment company that focuses on companies in
predominantly German-speaking countries. It invests in companies that are
undergoing a strong growth phase or that are in a special situation. With
Heliad, investors therefore participate strongly in the growth prospects of
traditional German SMEs as well as in upcoming German technology companies.
Further information about the company can be found at
Heliad Equity Partners GmbH & Co. KGaA
Chief Financial Officer
Tel.: +49 (0) 69 71 91 59 65 28
30.08.2007 Financial News transmitted by DGAP
Issuer: Heliad Equity Partners GmbH & Co. KGaA
60322 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 (0)69 719 15 965 0
Fax: +49(0)69 719 15 965 11
Listed: Geregelter Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Freiverkehr
in Berlin, München, Stuttgart
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