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NORD Holding sells EMS Group to Rheinhold & Mahla AG


NORD Holding Unternehmensbeteiligungsgesellschaft Hanover has sold its stake in EMS Engineering Maintenance Services, Cloppenburg, together with the British 3i Group to Rheinhold & Mahla AG. The EMS Group's activities include engineering, servicing and maintenance for gas producers, the chemical and foodstuff industries. With an employee headcount of 350 the Group achieved total turnover in the previous reporting year 2002 of €30,0 million.

NORD Holding acquired EMS in 1998 in the course of a management buy-out. Since then the company has grown both organically and by means of acquisitions to become a service provider offering its customers the full range of services required throughout the life cycle of a production facility.

"We acquired the family-owned EMS enterprise as the result of a succession transition and have since further developed the company. Now is the right time to transfer the company to become part of a larger organisation," explained Thomas Bagusch, a member of the NORD Holding senior management team, in Hanover today. "We are convinced that given the additional marketing impetus provided by Rheinhold & Mahla, EMS will be able to fully exploit its core strengths."

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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