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04-04-2019

Synergia acquires stake in You Sure

On March 28, 2019 Synergia acquired a stake in You Sure.

You Sure is an intermediary and authorized agent ("volmacht") for insurances, mortgages and banking products. The main products concern damage insurance for consumers and companies (such as insurances related to housing and cars).

The company has five offices located in the western of the Netherlands. Clients of You Sure are mostly private individuals, self-employed persons and small and medium enterprises.

You Sure developed a platform to improve the interaction with clients and to enable quick and efficient integration of portfolio’s. The company did several acquisitions in the last couple of years. After the investment of Synergia, this Buy-and-Build-strategy will be continued.

03-08-2018

Ploeger Oxbo Group strengthens shareholder base through investment NPM Capital

Roosendaal, 3 August 2018 - Ploeger Oxbo Group has attracted a new major shareholder. NPM Capital is the strong financial partner that the manufacturer of specialty agricultural equipment has been looking for to support its long-term growth strategy. This strategy is aimed at bolstering innovation and product development to further strengthen Ploeger Oxbo’s leading position in its worldwide niche markets. The transaction file has also been submitted to the required Competition Authorities.

Press release

12-06-2018

Evergreen Garden Care acquires Pokon Naturado

Acquisition of leading garden care brand in the Netherlands adds a new market to Evergreen’s distribution capabilities

Evergreen Garden Care (“Evergreen”), an international marketer of branded consumer products for lawn and garden care, today announces that it has agreed to acquire Pokon Naturado B.V. (“Pokon” or “the Company”) from the selling shareholders, private equity firm Synergia Capital Partners (www.synergia.nl) and co-founder Hans van de Glind for an undisclosed sum. Pokon is the largest garden care business in the Netherlands.

Founded in 1929 and based in Veenendaal, the Netherlands, Pokon manufactures and markets growing media, fertilizers and food for plants and flowers. The acquisition includes rights to market and distribute the Company’s leading garden care brands, including Pokon®, Naturado® and MySeasons® in the Netherlands, Poland and other export countries like Russia and South Africa.

Under Evergreen's ownership, the management team of Pokon will continue to be led by CEO Heleen van Benthem. The Company will benefit from Evergreen’s market-leading Sales, Marketing and R&D capabilities, which will increase consumer engagement and product innovation, driving further growth in the Netherlands.

Commenting on the acquisition, Karl Kahofer, CEO of Evergreen Garden Care, said: “We are delighted to be investing in Pokon, one of the most recognisable brands in the Dutch garden care market. “The addition of Pokon to our existing garden care portfolio forms part of our overall strategy to acquire market-leading brands with strong growth potential in target markets such as the Netherlands. In addition, it brings us one step closer to achieving our ambition of becoming the largest and fastest-growing international garden care business. “We look forward to working closely with Heleen and the management team to continue to capitalise on Pokon’s market leading position and unlock the Company’s full potential.

Heleen van Benthem, CEO of Pokon, said: “This is the start of an exciting new chapter for Pokon. The scale that being part of the Evergreen family brings to the Company means we will have the resource and support needed to enter the next phase of our growth. I’d like to thank the employees of Pokon who have contributed to this next step, and also the selling shareholders and the supervisory board for their support for many years, and wish them well as we turn this page in Pokon’s history.

About Evergreen Garden Care
Evergreen Garden Care was established in 2017 through the acquisition of the European and Asia-Pacific operations of Scotts Miracle-Gro, the world's leading marketer of branded consumer products for lawn and garden care. The business is a leader in garden consumables and operates primarily in the UK, France, Germany, Austria, Poland and Australia. Its leading consumer brands include Miracle-Gro, Weedol, Fertiligène, KB, Substral, Nexa Lotte, and Osmocote, and its products are available in leading retailers such as B&Q, Bunnings, Gamm Vert, and independent garden centres.

About Pokon Naturado B.V.
Pokon Naturado B.V. (www.pokonnaturado.nl) was established in 2008 by the merger of Pokon, the market-leading Dutch supplier of Fertiliser products, with Naturado, the market-leading Dutch provider of Growing Media. The business is a leader in garden consumables in the Netherlands, and also operates a growing export business in markets such as Poland, Russia and South Africa. Pokon brands and products are available in leading garden-related retailers in the Netherlands and its export markets.

12-06-2018

Evergreen Garden Care acquires Pokon Naturado

Acquisition of leading garden care brand in the Netherlands adds a new market to Evergreen’s distribution capabilities

Evergreen Garden Care (“Evergreen”), an international marketer of branded consumer products for lawn and garden care, today announces that it has agreed to acquire Pokon Naturado B.V. (“Pokon” or “the Company”) from the selling shareholders, private equity firm Synergia Capital Partners (www.synergia.nl) and co-founder Hans van de Glind for an undisclosed sum. Pokon is the largest garden care business in the Netherlands.

Founded in 1929 and based in Veenendaal, the Netherlands, Pokon manufactures and markets growing media, fertilizers and food for plants and flowers. The acquisition includes rights to market and distribute the Company’s leading garden care brands, including Pokon®, Naturado® and MySeasons® in the Netherlands, Poland and other export countries like Russia and South Africa.

Under Evergreen's ownership, the management team of Pokon will continue to be led by CEO Heleen van Benthem. The Company will benefit from Evergreen’s market-leading Sales, Marketing and R&D capabilities, which will increase consumer engagement and product innovation, driving further growth in the Netherlands.

Commenting on the acquisition, Karl Kahofer, CEO of Evergreen Garden Care, said: “We are delighted to be investing in Pokon, one of the most recognisable brands in the Dutch garden care market. “The addition of Pokon to our existing garden care portfolio forms part of our overall strategy to acquire market-leading brands with strong growth potential in target markets such as the Netherlands. In addition, it brings us one step closer to achieving our ambition of becoming the largest and fastest-growing international garden care business. “We look forward to working closely with Heleen and the management team to continue to capitalise on Pokon’s market leading position and unlock the Company’s full potential.

Heleen van Benthem, CEO of Pokon, said: “This is the start of an exciting new chapter for Pokon. The scale that being part of the Evergreen family brings to the Company means we will have the resource and support needed to enter the next phase of our growth. I’d like to thank the employees of Pokon who have contributed to this next step, and also the selling shareholders and the supervisory board for their support for many years, and wish them well as we turn this page in Pokon’s history.

About Evergreen Garden Care
Evergreen Garden Care was established in 2017 through the acquisition of the European and Asia-Pacific operations of Scotts Miracle-Gro, the world's leading marketer of branded consumer products for lawn and garden care. The business is a leader in garden consumables and operates primarily in the UK, France, Germany, Austria, Poland and Australia. Its leading consumer brands include Miracle-Gro, Weedol, Fertiligène, KB, Substral, Nexa Lotte, and Osmocote, and its products are available in leading retailers such as B&Q, Bunnings, Gamm Vert, and independent garden centres.

About Pokon Naturado B.V.
Pokon Naturado B.V. (www.pokonnaturado.nl) was established in 2008 by the merger of Pokon, the market-leading Dutch supplier of Fertiliser products, with Naturado, the market-leading Dutch provider of Growing Media. The business is a leader in garden consumables in the Netherlands, and also operates a growing export business in markets such as Poland, Russia and South Africa. Pokon brands and products are available in leading garden-related retailers in the Netherlands and its export markets.

01-12-2017

ConDoor vindt in Parcom en Synergia nieuwe partners voor verdere groei

ConDoor kondigt vandaag aan dat de investeringsmaatschappijen Parcom Capital (“Parcom”) en Synergia Capital Partners (“Synergia) zullen toetreden als aandeelhouders van ConDoor. Naast Parcom en Synergia zullen oprichters Kees-Jan Honig en Jaap Kwant aanblijven als aandeelhouders en als management team.

ConDoor is een private label producent van geïsoleerde overheaddeuren voor bedrijfsgebouwen en woonhuizen. ConDoor heeft drie productievestigingen in Nederland en Hongarije en een uitgebreid netwerk van zelfstandige dealers in 25 Europese landen.

De komst van Parcom en Synergia als nieuwe investeerders geeft ConDoor de mogelijkheid om verder te investeren in onze faciliteiten en om sneller door te kunnen groeien. De ervaring die beide investeerders met zich meebrengen zal voor ConDoor waardevol zijn en een solide basis leggen voor de verdere groei en ontwikkeling van het bedrijf”, aldus oprichters Kees-Jan Honig en Jaap Kwant.

De voorgenomen transactie is onder voorbehoud van de gebruikelijke voorwaarden, waaronder goedkeuring door de bevoegde mededingingsautoriteiten, er wordt gestreefd de transactie voor het einde van het jaar af te ronden.

Over ConDoor
ConDoor Door Solutions (www.condoor.com) is in Europa een toonaangevende producent van geïsoleerde overheaddeuren voor bedrijfsgebouwen en woonhuizen. Verdeeld over drie productievestigingen in Nederland en Hongarije werken zo’n 175 mensen dagelijks aan de ontwikkeling en productie van duurzame deuren, op maat gemaakt, geheel naar wens van de eindgebruiker. Een uitgebreid netwerk van zelfstandige dealers levert kwaliteitsdeuren aan bedrijven en huizenbezitters in 25 Europese landen.

Over Parcom Capital
Parcom Capital, opgericht in 1982, is een toonaangevend mid-market private-equityfonds. Het richt zich op investeringen in hoogwaardige, toonaangevende bedrijven in de Benelux. In de afgelopen 35 jaar investeerde Parcom Capital succesvol in meer dan 75 (internationale) bedrijven. Parcom Capital haalde eerder dit jaar een nieuw fonds op van 550 miljoen euro voor nieuwe investeringen. Recente investeringen zijn onder meer gedaan in Simpel, Jan Snel, MGG, GoodHabitz, Euroma en Viroclinics.

Over Synergia Capital Partners
Synergia, opgericht in 1999, is een investeerder waarvan het vermogen bijeengebracht is door succesvolle Nederlandse ondernemers. Het is de opzet van Synergia om de ondernemers uit haar netwerk te betrekken bij de investeringen van Synergia. De afgelopen 18 jaar heeft Synergia geïnvesteerd in meer dan 35 bedrijven. Synergia richt zich op equity investeringen van 2 tot 25 miljoen euro. Voorbeelden van (voormalige) investeringen zijn onder meer Ploeger Oxbo Group, Elysee Dental, Cold Food (Van Dobben en Kwekkeboom), Pokon, Life&Mobility en Van Wamel.

 

26-04-2017

Synergia acquires majority stake in Van Wamel

On April 20th of 2017, Van Wamel strengthened its growth ambitions by transferring a majority stake to Synergia Agritech Fund. Besides Synergia, the family Liet of Trioliet and the management team joined as a shareholder. This buy-out secures the future of Van Wamel and the brand name PERFECT. The current director/ shareholder Freek van Wamel remains in place. However, Synergia, Freek van Wamel and the management team will jointly seek for a new CEO as successor of Freek van Wamel. The hands-on way of working, the family culture and the independence of the company will stay in place in the coming years.

The transaction creates conditions for accelerated growth of Van Wamel's activities. In addition to organic growth based on the strength and reputation of the PERFECT brand, the company will seek for acquisition opportunities to support further growth.

Van Wamel is a manufacturer of PERFECT blade mowers, circular mowers and sorting machines for fruit and vegetables. The machines are entirely designed and manufactured at the factory in Beneden-Leeuwen. The end users of the machines consist of fruit growers, contractors, dairy farmers, greeneries and government authorities. Van Wamel delivers to customers via a worldwide dealer network.

19-04-2017

Life & Mobility acquires Karma Europe

Life & Mobility Group has further strengthened its position by taking over all the shares in Karma Europe. René Ploum, the current owner of Karma Europe, will be participating in the Life & Mobility Group as a shareholder and will also join the Board of Directors.

The takeover of Karma Europe fits perfectly with the ambition of both organisations: the realisation of accelerated growth toward being a leading European player. The addition of Karma Europe’s wheelchair programme contributes to the further completion of the Life & Mobility Group’s mobility portfolio.

Since the takeover of Karma Europe, a total of 130 employees are currently working at branches in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. The Life & Mobility Group is especially active in Western Europe. Its annual turnover is more than € 40 million.

In the coming years, the focus will be on achieving operational synergy benefits and working together to exert influence on the global market. Joining forces in the field of product development will result in the introduction of several new products.

Press release

15-03-2017

Synergia sells Boboli to Gilde and het management

Following the successful international expansion of Boboli and the construction of a new bakery in Bunschoten, Synergia has reached an agreement with the founding families on the buy-out of Synergia and the family Van Diermen by Gilde Equity Management, Boboli's management and co-founder Richard Hop.

Boboli, located in Bunschoten, the Netherlands, is a producer of chilled, frozen and ambient Mediterranean bread and savoury snacks. These products have been successfully introduced in the market by Boboli since 1999 due to a dedicated market drive approach. As a result thereof, the company has been able to introduce many new products for its clients, including major European retailers. Products are offered as "in-store bake-off" or "at-home bake-off" and are suitable for different consumption moments, including mail replacements, meal components, bread-savoury snacks and on-the-go snacks. Boboli is known for its high quality products with artisanal appearance and excellent taste as a result of its unique manufacturing process.

Synergia was a shareholder since June 2012. Since then Boboli's sales and results have grown strongly.

22-12-2016

Synergia and management acquire The Human Network Group

Recently, Synergia together with the management team acquired The Human Network Group from its founders. The Human Network Group employs 350 top professionals in 15 specialized companies in a number of different domains (IT, Business, HR & Learning). These professionals support their customers with specialist consultancy and capacity issues.

Leo Schenk, CEO of Synergia: "Over the past 4 years the management team has proven to grow the business both organically and through acquisitions. Synergia will accelerate this growth in the coming years maintaining the high quality and entrepreneurship which are highly valued."

Martijn Kamermans, CEO of The Human Network Group: "In the transaction process we have met a great number of parties and Synergia is clearly our favorite: a no-nonsense investor with an eye for people."

Synergia was advised by Accuracy, JSA Tax Consultants and Lexence. The Human Network Group is the fourth investment of Cooperative Synergia Capital Fund IV U.A.

09-09-2016

Management ISDC and Synergia sell to Endava

 

The merger between ISDC and Endava will give a total combined headcount of approximately 3,300 employees across offices in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and the USA and delivery centres in Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, Moldova, Bulgaria and Colombia. The combination of the two firms will further underpin Endava's ability to serve an increasingly global client base. Eddy Vermeire, CEO ISDC commented: "With Endava we combine our and continue our tradition of providing high-quality software through our deep knowledge and customer intimacy. We have the same DNA and Business Model, we are aligned in our approach to application development and we share an agile way of working and similar services"

ISDC, founded in 1990 and located in Hilversum, is a software engineering company driven by the passion to build advanced software solutions that enhance the digital business of their clients. ISDC has 25 years of experience in delivering end-to-end IT projects with teams in Romania and Bulgaria. ISDC's focus is on the financial services.

01-06-2016

Synergia divests Vicrea to TSS

 

Total Specific Solutions BV (TSS), an affiliate of Constellation Software Inc (TSX: CSU), has acquired all of the shares of Vicrea Solutions BV, a Dutch software provider of GEO IT solutions for the local government sector. No financial terms were disclosed. TSS said the deal strengthens its position in the public sector vertical. Vicrea has been backed by Dutch private equity firm Synergia Capital Partners since 2011.