€99.6mn
Equity investment
€87mn
Revenues 2018
543
Employees 2018

KEY FACTS AT A GLANCE

  • Classic “hidden champion” – a global leader in mechanical engineering for the tyre industry
  • Market growth and expansion of the service business hold the promise of opportunities
  • Revenues and earnings expected to be up slightly year-on-year

Karl Eugen Fischer GmbH

Investment by
DBAG FUND VII

€99.6MN

DBAG'S INTEREST

€22.6MN

MANAGEMENT BUYOUT
Shareholders:
DBAG FUND VII

92.8%

EQUITY SHARE BELONGING TO DBAG

21.0%

other shareholders

7.2%

First invested

JUNE 2018

REVENUES in €mn

 

88

 

2016

 

83

 

2017

 

87

 

2018

As of 30 June 2019

4-5

percent

long-term average annual growth expected in the tyre market

Mechanical and plant engineering and the automotive supply industry are two of the core sectors of DBAG. Through our many years of experience in these industries, we want to support KEF in getting the most out of the available growth potential resulting from the investment plans of tyre manufacturers and market trends.

JANNICK HUNECKE
MANAGING DIRECTOR

PROFILE

Karl Eugen Fischer GmbH (KEF) is the world’s leading manufacturer and developer of cutting systems for the tyre industry. Tyre manufacturers use the machinery produced by KEF primarily to manufacture rubber-coated steel wire and fabric layers (known as calendered cord material) for tyre carcasses and tyre belts. These layers form the supporting structure for the tyre and give it shape and driving stability. KEF’s machinery cuts this cord with absolute precision. The company’s manufacturing operations are located at its headquarters in Burgkunstadt (Upper Franconia), where more than 500 of the 545 workers are employed. There is one distribution and service company in the US and one in China. Cutting systems are crucial for smooth production operations. KEF’s machinery is at the forefront of this technology. For example, the machines are characterised by a high degree of precision and low material losses, both of which are key success factors. With a high level of vertical integration, KEF ensures that the machines, which are tailored to meet each customer’s requirements, can be supplied in the desired quality and by the desired deadline. The company has been working with its customers to develop the machines for decades and is the preferred supplier of countless tyre manufacturers.

POTENTIAL FOR DEVELOPMENT

Based on its outstanding technological position, KEF is anticipated to benefit from the rising demand for tyres and, as a result, for the corresponding production facilities. As a result, the company will be investing in expanding its capacities over the coming year, for example in the construction of an additional assembly hall in Burgkunstadt. The company’s revenues and the number of employees have risen by an average of five percent annually since 2005.

FINANCIAL YEAR 2018

DBAG Fund VII acquired a stake in KEF in June 2018, from which time early measures have been initiated to strategically develop the company and optimise its operational processes. KEF’s revenues and earnings in 2018 are expected to be slightly above the previous year’s level.

OUTLOOK AND OBJECTIVES

KEF will continue to push ahead with the measures agreed at the start of investment. In 2019, KEF expects, at best, a stable business performance. This is due to the fact that many of its customers are holding back on investment decisions in light of the uncertainty caused by the trading conflicts between the United States and both China and the European Union.

Responsible team member

Jannick Hunecke
Jannick Hunecke

Managing Director

Jannick Hunecke
Name:
Jannick Hunecke
Telephone:
+49 69 95787-131
E-Mail:

Jannick Hunecke

Managing Director

Jannick Hunecke joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2001 and became a Managing Director in 2008.

He holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Munster, where he also worked as a Research Assistant focusing on finance and accounting.

Jannick Hunecke has 18 years of experience in the private-equity sector and on the advisory boards of the portfolio companies he supports. He has a wealth of knowledge in the sectors of industrial services, industrial components and mechanical and plant engineering. The most successful transactions DBAG entered into that he led are HT Engineering and MCE. He was also responsible for the development of Broetje-Automation.

Current portfolio companies

Former portfolio companies

Jannick Hunecke

Managing Director

+49 69 95787-131
jannick.hunecke(at)dbag.de