DEEN
Product innovations and enlargement of production capacity
€21.4mn
Equity investment
€208mn
Revenue 2017 (EXP.)
800
Employees 2017

KEY FACTS AT A GLANCE

  • Growth drivers: product innovation, substitution of paper release liners with plastic film
  • Expansion of production capacities in Germany and in the US
  • Revenues expected to be up in a year-on-year comparison

INFIANA GROUP GMBH

INVESTMENT BY
DBAG FUND VI

€21.4MN

DBAG'S INTEREST

€4.1MN

MANAGEMENT BUYOUT
SHAREHOLDERS:
DBAG FUND VI

91.4%

EQUITY SHARE BELONGING TO DBAG

17.4%

OTHER SHAREHOLDERS

8.6%

FIRST INVESTED

DECEMBER 2014

REVENUES IN €MN

 

205

 

2015

 

197

 

2016

 

208

 

2017 (EXP.)

As of 30 September 2017

Infiana’s innovative strength and broad customer base are a solid platform for the company’s progress. Infiana will also move forward on its path towards greater internationalisation.

JOCHEN BAUMANN
MANAGING DIRECTOR

75

PERCENT

of products are developed based on specific customer requirements

PROFILE

The Infiana Group develops and produces specialised films for the consumer goods market and for industry. They are used for sophisticated packaging and as components for hygiene products, as release liners and surface films for applications in the construction industry, and as release liners for technical adhesive tapes and special labels. The company has identified further attractive growth areas, including special films for pharmaceutical applications and for the production of composite materials; this area should be expanded in the coming years. The large number and variety of final applications, combined with extremely flexible production, ensure a highly diversified product range.

Infiana has production sites in Germany, the US and Thailand. In its core markets, the company is the market leader and has market shares of between 15 and 50 percent. Infiana is considered a particularly innovative company and has received several awards for this. Three-quarters of its film solutions are developed based on specific customer requirements.

POTENTIAL FOR DEVELOPMENT

Apart from product innovations, growth drivers for the business include the substitution of paper release liners with plastic film, demand for higher-quality packaging solutions, in particular in the area of hygiene, and the continued high level of construction activities in the US. As a result, Infiana is investing in expanding its production capacities in the US and at its location in Forchheim, as well as in developing film solutions for new areas of application.

FINANCIAL YEAR 2017

The revenues of the Infiana Group will exceed the prior-year value before the end of the financial year 2017. On the other hand, unfavourable exchange rate developments and short-term fluctuations in commodities prices, which are typical for Infiana’s business model, will put pressure on the company’s earnings. In addition, Infiana invested in the reorganisation of its global sales structure and in expanding capacities in Germany and the US in the financial year 2017. It also already recruited the additional staff required within this context in 2017. The expanded capacities should contribute to revenues and earnings in 2018. Until just recently, Infiana’s production had reached its capacity limit.

OUTLOOK AND OBJECTIVES

The capacity expansion measures taken in 2017 should allow Infiana to fully participate in sustained positive market developments once more. Based on this, the company expects its positive financial development to continue. At the same time, the management plans to forge ahead with measures to optimise the company’s operational processes. The strategy agreed at the start of the investment is to be pursued further; this includes expanding the additional areas of application named above. The management also plans to establish the company more broadly and on an international level by making acquisitions.

Responsible team member

Jochen Baumann
Jochen Baumann

Managing Director

Jochen Baumann
Name:
Jochen Baumann
Investment focus:
Management buyouts
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-235
E-Mail:

Jochen Baumann

Managing Director

Jochen Baumann joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 1997 and became a Managing Director in 2005.

Following a bank apprenticeship, he studied Business Administration at the University of Passau and at Lund University.

Jochen Baumann has more than 20 years of experience in private equity. He is also a member of the advisory councils at the portfolio companies in which DBAG invested under his management. His focus includes the implementation of buy-and-build concepts, such as those installed at ProXES, Romaco and Unser Heimatbäcker. He has in-depth knowledge of the packaging industry and special expertise in the food sector as well as in mechanical and plant engineering.

Current portfolio companies

Unser Heimatbäcker GmbH Infiana Group GmbH Heytex Bramsche GmbH

Former portfolio companies

Jochen Baumann

Managing Director

+49 69 95787-235
jochen.baumann@dbag.de