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NORD Holding acquires leading specialist valves


NORD Holding Unternehmensbeteiligungsgesellschaft, Hanover, has just finalised its fourth investment deal in 2003 by acquiring a majority stake in Perrin GmbH, the specialist fittings manufacturer headquartered in Nidderau. Following the acquisition the managing director has taken a qualified stake alongside NORD Holding.

Perrin GmbH is a global manufacturer of industrial fittings specialising in the manufacture of standard and special ball valves. Over the past 40 years it has developed special ball valves for use in virtually every conceivable professional scenario and has established a leading technological position in metal sealing systems. The ball valves are used predominantly in production processes involving extremes of temperature and pressure such as in the chemical, petrochemical or steel industries.

Bucking the prevailing economic trend the company is well-placed on its expansion course with double digit growth rates. In the past few years deliberate expansion of its international sales and services structures has led to an export share of more than 50%. Perrin GmbH's goal - supported by NORD Holding - is to continue to grow and to consolidate. The company views the consolidation trend in the German market as an opportunity for inorganic growth via specific acquisitions.

The company has been acquired by the Zimmermann & Jansen Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH, Düren, a member of the Austrian RHI Group.

About NORD Holding

With its 50-year history and over € 2.0 billion assets under management, NORD Holding is one of the leading private equity asset managers in Germany with a focus on direct and fund investments.

The fund investments division targets the small- and mid-cap segment of the European private equity market through primaries, secondaries and co-investments.

NORD Holding has a strong focus on emerging buyout managers, hands-on investment strategies and regularly acts as an anchor investor. The division manages € 1.3 billion and ranks among the top decile fund investment groups in Europe.

The direct investments division of NORD Holding focuses on structuring and financing company succession models, acquiring parts of larger groups/subsidiaries as well as on expansion financing of medium-sized companies. In contrast to most other financial investors, who only manage closed-end funds, NORD Holding acts as a so-called "evergreen fund", thereby investing from its own balance sheet with no maturity restrictions. Currently, the fund has interests in more than 15 companies in the DACH region.

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