Services for the telecommunications sector
KEY FACTS AT A GLANCE
TOTAL OUTPUT IN €MN
As of November 2019
average annual growth are expected for the fibre market until 2025
Together with STG, we want to develop our group of companies and contribute to the FTTH expansion in Germany.
STG Group was formed in 1989 from a construction company established more than 60 years previously. Since then, Bochum-based STG has established itself as a service provider in the telecommunications sector. Its product range not only comprises construction of fibre-to-the-home (“FTTH”) infrastructure, but also the operation, upgrade and subsequent network maintenance. Municipal utilities, municipalities themselves, and network operators are among STG’s clients. Furthermore, STG maintains the telecommunications network infrastructures in buildings for real estate companies: proprietary internet and TV products run on these networks, as well as third-party products. In the Ruhr area, STG operates fibre-optic and wired networks with approximately 20,000 connected households
POTENTIAL FOR DEVELOPMENT
The demand for high-speed internet connections – and thus the need for fibre-optic links – is increasing continuously. However, only 7 per cent of German households are currently connected to fibre-optic networks – the EU average is three times as high. STG is in a position to not only benefit from the resulting strong market growth organically, by expanding geographically, but also within the scope of a buy-and-build strategy, helping the company to grow inorganically via acquisitions. In addition, STG can expand its business as an operator of fibre-optic networks for network operators and the housing sector. DBAG will support STG in realising its growth potential by providing the necessary capital and its long-standing experience in the expansion of fibre-optic networks.
Ragnar Geerdts joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2012 and became a Managing Director in 2017.
Ragnar Geerdts has over 13 years of experience in private equity and mergers and acquisitions. He has extensive knowledge of the automotive supplier and telecommunications industries and in mechanical and plant engineering. He was involved in numerous investments and disinvestments, including DNS:NET, Frimo, Formel D, inexio, mageba, Oechsler and Unser Heimatbäcker. Ragnar Geerdts also led the investment process in vitronet, netzkontor nord, von Poll Immobilien, BTV Multimedia and FLS and sits on the advisory councils of these companies. Before joining Deutsche Beteiligungs AG he worked in the area of M&A at Bayer AG and at Deutsche Post AG.
Ragnar Geerdts holds a degree in Business Administration from Freie Universität Berlin, and also studied at the Beijing Foreign Studies University.