Heliad Equity Partners GmbH & Co. KGaA: Additions in the partner funds portfolio: participation of EUR 3 million in Invision Capital Partners IV and EUR 3 million in Neuhaus III; Complementary deal flow and high synergies in cooperation

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Heliad Equity Partners has added two partner funds to its portfolio. With the new investments Invision Capital Partners IV and Neuhaus III, each of EUR 3 million, two funds have been added which ideally supplement the portfolio in the investment segments Early Stage (Neuhaus) and Growth Capital (Invision). As a result, Heliad will have an indirect participation in numerous companies in which it could make an invest-ment as a direct investor in later phases. In return, these two companies benefit from Heliad’s broad network which represents an attractive platform, particularly for growth-oriented companies.

Invision is a leading Swiss private equity team. For over 10 years, it has been investing on German-speaking territories in strongly growing established companies in technology-related industries. At the point when Invision makes its investment decision, the companies already generate revenues between EUR 5 million and EUR 80 million and typically operate in the areas of IT, telecommunications and medical technology. Up to now, the Invision team has invested in more than 60 companies, approximately half of which have already been successful sold or taken onto the stock exchange. The investment highlights of the Invision portfolio include such well-known companies as Telegate, Vanguard, Intershop, Wavelight and Plus Orthopedics.
Neuhaus has also been operating on German-speaking territory for approximately 10 years and concentrates on early stage growth companies. The companies are also technology-related companies, particularly in the areas of software, telecommunication and internet. On many occasions Neuhaus has successfully demonstrated that it has a deep-rooted business understanding of the target companies in this area. The companies are initially driven strongly by the technical success to which as a superior business model is added, thus creating considerable value. Well-known highlights include Ricardo, DocMorris, blau Mobilfunk, Exit Games and SLS Microtechnology.

+++ Background of the partner funds strategy
The partner fund strategy systematically exploits synergies resulting from the interaction of complementary teams. As early as 2004, Heliad invested in the nanotech company ItN Nanovation, which received early phase financing from the technology specialist and partner fund Technostart. In 2006, the joint IPO was implemented in which the Heliad investment was more than tripled. With Neuhaus III and Invision Capital Partners IV, Heliad made the first joint investments already. Thus the medical technology services provider is in the Invision portfolio, the discount mobile phone company blau in the Neuhaus portfolio. Heliad has been invested in the two strongly growing extremely successful companies since 2006.
The objective of Heliad is to become the No. 1 in the German Growth Capital segment. It does this by making investment in strongly growing companies and to map the segment in a share for German and international investments which is liquid on a daily basis. With the current extension of the partner fund portfolio, Heliad has taken a big step toward this objective. Another decisive factor is access to interesting participation options in the private equity area. The partner fund strategy is thus one of the key pillars for Heliad’s outperformance.

+++ About Heliad
Heliad Equity Partners (WKN: 604 729) is a private equity company that concentrates mainly on companies in German-speaking countries. Investments are made in companies that are in a strong growth phase or a special situation. The aim is to produce an above-average risk/return ratio for the shareholders. With Heliad the investor thus participates in a concentrated fashion in the growth opportunities not only of traditional German medium-sized companies, but also of aspiring German technological companies.

Heliad Equity Partners GmbH & Co. KGaA 
Christiane Kriesche
Leiterin Marketing & Kommunikation
Grüneburgweg 18
60322 Frankfurt

Tel.: +49(0)69 719 15 965 17
Fax: +49(0)69 719 15 965 17
E-Mail: christiane.kriesche@sigma-capital.de

DGAP 23.03.2007 

Language:     English
Issuer: Heliad Equity Partners GmbH & Co. KGaA               Grüneburgweg 18
              60322 Frankfurt am Main Deutschland
Phone:        +49 (0)69 719 15 965 0
Fax:          +49(0)69 719 15 965 11
E-mail: christiane.kriesche@sigma-capital.de www:          www.heliad.de
ISIN:         DE0006047293
WKN:          604729
Listed: Geregelter Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Freiverkehr in Berlin-Bremen, München, Stuttgart  
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