Heliad Equity Partners takes a participation in RT Reprotechnik.de GmbH

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++ Heliad takes a participation in RT Reprotechnik.de GmbH, one of the leading reprography services providers in Germany
++ Expansion to international markets and further acquisitions planned
Heliad Equity Partners has invested € 8,4 million in Reprotechnik Beteiligungs GmbH, which holds all shares of RT Reprotechnik.de GmbH ('RT'). The company, which is located in Leipzig, operates in the market for reprographic service, a general term for all methods for the permanent print reproduction. Examples are document management for larger projects, archiving services for companies or also 3D colour printing of architecture models.

RT was acquired in 1999 by the current management in a management buy-in with support of the financial investor
Business-Angel-Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG, Hanover, from the insolvency estate. Afterwards the partners succeeded in tripling group revenues and in increasing profitability by a significant factor. With revenues of almost €20 million this year, RT is one of the leading companies in the fragmented German reprography market. With a German-wide branch network of 30 outlets, the company has one of the largest and most efficient logistics networks in the market, and thus services renowned customers, especially those in the construction business and industry.
With the Heliad participation it is planned to acquire further company in the same industry in line with a buy-and-build approach, in addition to organic growth. In this regard, RT acquired PAVLU Kopie-Druck-Repro Gesellschaft m.b.H. last month already, one of the leading reprography services providers in Austria, which also serves as platform for the business expansion in Eastern Europe.

Petra Wallasch, Managing Director at RT, regards the company as being on growth track: 'The change of ownership extends what has already been achieved, at the same time giving the company the opportunity to take advantage of new growth options. With Heliad we have found a partner which not only brings the expertise of a professional finance investor, but also understand the requirements of medium-sized German companies.' Andreas Lange, Managing Director at Heliad, adds, 'The management and the owners have placed RT on an extremely solid foundation and demonstrated that the business model is able to generate ongoing growth, even in difficult economic times. This is a result of the good market positioning and the excellent company management. Over the next few years, we want to support the company in further extending its strong position on the German reprography market and to establish itself in the East European markets as the first German supplier on a sustained basis.'

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 18.04.2007 

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
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