A group of private investors has sold Anker Kassensysteme GmbH, a leading manufacturer of Point of Sale hardware, to Halder in a management buy-out. Anker’s existing management team participated in the transaction to become minority shareholders.
Halder has been active in the German-speaking region since 1991, during which time it provided 42 medium-sized companies with equity capital for succession solutions and growth. Halder supports its portfolio companies in their international expansion, the further development of their strategy and business model, and via investments to expand capacity and to finance add-on acquisitions.
Anker is market leader for POS hardware in the German-speaking food retail industry with over 600,000 installed cash cassettes. The Company offers a wide variety of POS hardware products including cash cassettes, cash drawers and peripheral poles. Anker also offers integrated POS solutions under its reputable brand and partners with various well-known suppliers of accessories around the POS. Since its foundation in 1876, Anker manufactures pioneering POS products and distinguishes itself through defining the highest standards for quality, safety, flexibility and innovation in the industry. With 70 employees at its Bielefeld location, Anker has generated approximately EUR 13 million in sales in the most recent fiscal year. The Company will further pursue its growth strategy nationally and across Europe.
“We are happy to have found a partner that will support us with its extensive experience on our path to becoming a European full-service provider.” said Dr. Fabian Schühle, CEO of Anker Kassensysteme GmbH, and added: “IMAP ran a very efficient sale process and significantly contributed to the successful completion of the transaction.”
The IMAP team led by Marco Strogusch (Partner), Sebastian Weiner (Associate) and Tim Buttelmann (Associate) exclusively advised the shareholders of Anker and supported the Company in structuring, negotiating and successfully concluding the transaction process within five months.
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