Strategy

Investment Focus

SOL Capital Management specialises in investing in turnarounds, complex carve-outs and other special situations, providing equity capital and restructuring expertise to turnaround and expand companies with the goal of generating attractive returns for investors.

Sectors

  • Industrial, manufacturing and service industry focus
  • No real estate, financial services or start-ups

Geographies

  • Companies headquartered in the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland)
  • Preferably with international production and distribution networks

Company size

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • Minimum revenue of €20 million
  • Minimum enterprise value of €10 million

Company situations

  • Turnarounds, carve-outs, spin-offs, insolvencies, restructurings
  • Succession solutions
  • Complex ownership or stakeholder structures within buyouts or growth transactions

Value creation strategy

  • Restructuring and refinancing – more efficient capital structures, working capital optimisation
  • Operational improvements – organic growth, cost rationalisation, sales initiatives
  • Buy & build – synergy realisation, expansion of customer base, geographic footprint
  • Strategic positioning – sustainable value creation, creation of leaders, careful exit positioning

Investment criteria

As a rule, participation requests to SOL Capital Management should meet two of the following operational requirements:

Ability to become
a leading player
in their respective
market segment

Valuable core products
or customer know-how,
and identifiable
growth potential

Operating in stable
but fragmented markets
that offer
consolidation potential

Exit criteria

After achieving a sustainable operational increase in value

After increasing the competitive position and market share

With further capital requirements for greater business growth

Successes

The executive team of SOL Capital Management GmbH has successfully realised two investment funds. Both REB 1 (2000) and REB 2 (2007) were top performers in comparison to equivalent private equity funds.