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i-Center

Status
Realised
Country
Germany
Strategy
Mid Cap
Sector
Industrials
Entry
Jan-98
Exit
Oct-01
Fund
IK 1997

Wholesaler of electrical installation equipment

i-Center Elektrogrosshandels GmbH & Co KG is a wholesaler of electrical installation equipment in Germany, Austria and other central European markets. It employs around 1,250 staff at some 90 locations throughout Germany.

i-Center was acquired from Siemens in January 1998 by the IK 1997 Fund. In October 2001, facing the prospect of the company being unable to meet its payment obligations, the executive management board filed for insolvency at the Nuremberg District Court.

Our Value Creation Strategy

During our ownership, we worked alongside the management team to:

  • Make strategic add-on acquisitions;
  • Restructure and streamline logistical operations; and
  • Achieve SG&A cost reductions and efficiencies.