VIOS Houttechniek B.V. has been acquired by the investment company Anders Invest.
VIOS, founded in 1914, has grown to be the market leader in the Dutch stair assembling industry. With branches in Driebruggen, Doetinchem and Hoorn, VIOS develops, produces and assembles (custom-made) stairs for the dutch housing construction market. Most of the large, mid-size and small construction companies are a client of VIOS.
Finding a suitable successor
The previous owners Hans Diekema (60) and Jaap Mullie (52) acquired the company in 2003 by means of a management buy-out. In the end of 2018 a new process to sell the business started, looking for a suitable successor for the whole company. Among other conditions, the need for a successor and the continuity of the company were important aspects of the process. Therefore a long-term investor with a suitable MBI-candidate was the preferred option.
A full scope sales process
From the beginning of the process VIOS was assisted by the team of Baker Tilly Corporate Finance. Baker Tilly helped VIOS with performing a thorough analyses of the company, preparing the relevant documentation, selecting and contacting of potential buyers, the negotiations and the preparation of the legal documents.
As per the 15th of May 2019 (closing date), Anders Invest acquired the shares of VIOS together with Dirk Bergman. Anders Invest is an investment company, who invest in SME companies in the Netherlands with long-term intentions, mainly focussing on production companies. Dirk Bergman acquired 20% of the shares and has vast experience as a director of wood and construction material companies. The new shareholders see a lot of opportunities for VIOS to grow, particularly because of the large demand of new houses, expanding construction processes and consumers who are increasingly expecting more custom-made products. Mr Diekema and Mr Mullié will continue to be involved after the transition period as advisors to ensure a smooth transition and to assist with achieving the new goals.
VIOS Houttechniek B.V. chose Baker Tilly Corporate Finance as trusted advisor and was advised by Maarten van Kampen (Partner), Fabian Roozemond (Consultant) and Marcel Ploegsma (Legal).
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