As an entrepreneurial private equity partner, Odewald KMU generally acquires majority interests in profitable SMEs with strong growth potentials and sales of up to EUR 100 million, which are located in German-speaking Europe. We invest between EUR 5 million and EUR 30 million of equity per transaction in strong growing companies in attractive market segments, which are aiming for, or wish to expand, leading market positions with sustainable competitive advantages.
We support the management with our entrepreneurial expertise and tailored financing facilities in order to develop potentials within the companies, and to sustainably enhance values. In doing so, Odewald KMU supports its portfolio companies not only with capital for the realisation of a suitable succession plan, further organic and/or external growth, but also, in particular, with its network within the German industry, as well as the integration of active advisory board members.
As an independent German private equity company, Odewald KMU stands for German business virtues and values, as well as for continuity and a long-term orientation. The partners at Odewald KMU regard SMEs as a solid base of the German economy and, from their many years of experience gained from several transactions, they are familiar with the opportunities and risks, as well as challenges, which are connected with a succession solution or growth financing. The investment business in this context is always based on genuine partnership with companies and their management teams.
The first Odewald KMU fund with a volume of EUR 150 million was raised in 2008. The fund was invested in 8 companies and various add-on acquisitions. Due to the strong performance of the portfolio companies we raised in only six months the fund volume of EUR 200 million for Odewald KMU II until autumn 2015, which we are currently actively investing.