Viking Line, Tecnotree, and Ahola Transport may be among the next targets of private equity-backed delistings in Finland
Copenhagen, 26 November 2019
We have recently seen a number of take-over attempts for companies listed on the Helsinki stock exchange, including Dutch Boel's bid for Cramo, Aedifica buying Hoivatila, and CVC-backed Mehiläinen acquiring the competitor Pihlajalinna.
Driven by (i) continued record-low interest in the Nordics, (ii) a build up of uninvested "dry-powder" at many of the private equity funds operating in the region, and (iii) increasing high valuations in the private M&A markets, we believe a number of private equity backed "take-private" bids are likely to follow in the short term.
For this purpose, we have analyzed more than 750 private equity owned firms in the Nordics, and more than 2,000 M&A transactions over the last 12 months - including all private equity related deals - to assess which of the Helsinki-listed firms are a good "fit" with key current investment themes among private equity firms and thus likely takeover targets. These include:
*Ferry-operator Viking Line*
*Transportation and Logistics firm Ahola Transport*
*Telecommunications firm Tecnotree*
About the data:
The analyst team at Nordic Knowledge Partners has systematically been tracking M&A transactions and intelligence across the Nordics since January 2018, including monitoring of all private equity owned firms and private equity related deals.
Current subscribers of the data service include the leading management consultancies and private equity funds in the Nordics, Germany, and the UK. Earlier in 2019 both Bloomberg, Dagens Näringsliv, Berlingske Tidende, E24, and Borsen published large articles based exclusively on data from NKP.
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