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SKion

SKion is the investment company of
German entrepreneur Susanne Klatten.
Return-focused and value-based, we develop
industrial investments across economic,
industrial and technological cycles.

Susanne Klatten

»Wealth is an entrepreneurial challenge«

My aspiration as an entrepreneur: To invest strategically – in companies with persistently successful business models and excellent and ambitious management teams.

While doing so, I want to positively influence the economy, society and environment beyond company boundaries. SKion follows one mission: we want to strengthen German and European companies as drivers of innovation, increase their enterprise values and also contribute to social progress.

As a strategic sparring partner, we are guided by the values of family-owned entrepreneurship and provide access to industrial networks and capital.

Susanne Klatten is an entrepreneur and member of the supervisory boards of ALTANA AG, BMW AG, SGL Carbon SE and UnternehmerTUM GmbH.

In 2002, she founded UnternehmerTUM GmbH, an entrepreneurship center for tech start-ups in the higher education sector.

Since 2012, together with the Nantesbuch Foundation, Susanne Klatten has been pursuing the goal to broaden and sharpen the awareness of the value of the arts and nature. In 2016, she launched the SKala-initiative to give professional support to 100 non-profit organizations nationwide.

Role

Strategic partner with a
focus on leadership culture

We contribute our expertise, attitude and networks to shape strategic topics and significantly increase enterprise values in the long term.

A management culture based on trust and appreciation is important to us. It is one of the key factors for crisis-proof companies.

SKion wants to give people the leeway to lead and manage their companies in an entrepreneurial way. We expect this to be done in a responsible, transparent and loyal manner.

Values

Sustainability, continuity and integrity

With their products and solutions, our portfolio companies contribute towards improving living conditions.

In addition to financial and economic aspects, sustainability and social responsibility play an important role in our decisions.

Investment Horizon

A decade and beyond

It takes time to sustainably increase enterprise value.

That is why we stand by our portfolio companies as a reliable partner – throughout economic, industrial and technological cycles.

Geographical Radius

Germany and Europe

We value proximity, accessibility and personal exchange. They are expressions of esteem and the foundation of healthy relationships.

Therefore, SKion invests primarily in companies from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Great Britain and Scandinavia.

Ownership Structures

Investment partners are welcome

SKion preferably invests through significant minority stakes (more than 25 percent of the voting rights) with a corresponding governance structure. Our focus is on growth financing and succession solutions.

Investment opportunities with like-minded entrepreneurial families and investors are of particular interest to us.

Investment Focus

Forward-looking technologies and innovative business models


SKion invests in companies with revenues between 300 million and 2.5 billion Euros. In doing so, we pay attention to sustainable competitive advantages, proven management structures and an integrity-based corporate culture.

We are primarily active in the following sectors: industrial goods and services, electrical engineering, optics, renewable energy / closed-loop material cycles, IT / digitization and medical technology.

Together with existing portfolio companies, we also invest in smaller companies in the field of water technology.

Investments

Company Headquarters Sector Status Since Stake

Transactions History

2019

Expansion of minority shareholding in AVISTA OIL AG

Takeover of SKion’s stake in Gemalto N.V. by the French company, Thales Group

2018

Acquisition of a minority stake in Israeli Landa Digital Printing

2016

Acquisition of a majority stake in the Canadian company Ovivo Inc.

Sale of a major part of the investment in NORDEX SE to Spanish Acciona S.A.

2014

Acquisition of all shares in STULZ-Planaqua and SH+E Protec, now part of ELIQUO WATER GROUP GmbH

2013

Complete takeover of EnviroChemie GmbH

2012

Acquisition of a minority stake in AVISTA OIL AG

2011

Acquisition of a minority stake in the Dutch Paques Technology B.V.

2009

Acquisition of a minority stake in SGL Carbon SE

2008

Public offer to the free shareholders of ALTANA AG

Acquisition of a minority stake in NORDEX SE

2006

With the sale of ALTANA Pharma AG, a division of ALTANA AG, SKion received a special dividend of 2.4 billion Euros.

Team

Dr. Johannes Fritz
Managing Director

The long-standing head of the Family Office of the Stefan Quandt and Susanne Klatten families is a qualified auditor and tax advisor. He represents the interests of the Quandt / Klatten family in the supervisory bodies of investments and, as SKion's Managing Director, is responsible for its investment strategy.

Thorsten Drosch
Investment Manager

Trained as a qualified auditor and tax advisor, Thorsten Drosch has more than 17 years of professional experience in the fields of auditing, transaction services and company valuation. Since 2018, he has been responsible for finance at SKion and is involved in accompanying major investments.

Dr. Reinhard Hübner
Investment Manager

With a background in industrial operations, Dr. Reinhard Hübner has over 17 years of professional experience, including with an international management consultancy. Since 2010, he has been responsible for the development and management of the investment portfolio in the water technology sector at SKion.

Jan K. Verweyen
Investment Manager

As a growth capital investor and corporate finance / mergers & acquisitions advisor, Jan K. Verweyen has over 13 years of experience and has also worked in development cooperation. Since 2018, he has been contributing to the expansion of the investment portfolio and is involved in accompanying several investments at SKion.

Anthea Viragh
Investment Analyst

With a degree in International Relations and East Asian Studies and several years living in various Asian countries, Anthea Viragh has vast experience in this region. Since the beginning of 2018, she has been responsible at SKion for the further expansion of water operations in Asia.

Dr. Dirk Brusis
Investment Manager

As a process engineering specialist, Dr. Dirk Brusis possesses over 16 years of experience, including management consulting with a focus on technology development and as managing director of an engineering office. Since 2012, he has been responsible at SKion for the development and support of the investment portfolio in the field of water technology.

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