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NORD Holding supports PDS in their acquisition of dff solutions GmbH


The PDS Group administrated by the Cologne system integrator PDS Entwicklungs- and Service GmbH has acquired Göttingen-based software company dff solutions GmbH.

dff solutions develops intelligent and modular systems in the field of mobile data acquisition for trade, transportation logistics and field service companies. Furthermore, the company provides solutions in the field of hazardous materials transportation (dangerous goods and medical products), field staff connectivity and vehicle data capture. The PDS Group is the largest independent system integrator for mobile data acquisition in the Germanspeaking area and the Circlon Mobile Lifecycle Management concept enables them to offer clients services from device selection to device integration and if necessary to device exchange. Efficient compression and customised device data evaluation in PDS’s web-based Circlon portal provide clients with the basis for real “Business Intelligence”. In 2015, the PDS Group acquired Taneri Consulting GmbH (TCG), enhancing its strength in the retail, WLAN infrastructure and printing systems fields. Through the acquisition of dff solutions the PDS Group grows to about 90 employees with a turnover of about € 50 million.

Mirco Thelen, Investment Manager at NORD Holding, explains this strategic approach: "dff solutions software enjoys an excellent reputation in the market, and is also the German market leader for food logistics. This acquisition enables PDS to expand their product portfolio to state-of-the-art software development skills, thus positioning them for clients as independent full service operator."

With Circlon Mobile Life Cycle Management we can offer our clients economically viable and comprehensive mobile IT services, and we deliver support in all process technology and technological challenges they are facing today and in the future.

Besides high-performance hardware, success in mobile data acquisition depends especially on customised software. PDS and dff solutions have already demonstrated their joint strengths. We are happy that NORD Holding proactively supported this obvious step of merging those two companies. Acquiring dff provides us with more skills in application software and operating systems for mobile data acquisition devices, and prepares us – fully in line with our clients’ requirements – for the future.

Michael Zitzmann
PDS Managing Director.

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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