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Sport Group

Status
Realised
Country
Germany
Strategy
Mid Cap
Sector
Industrials
Entry
May-06
Exit
Jun-15
Fund
IK 2000

Leading global producer of synthetic sport and recreation surfaces

Sport Group is a worldwide market leader of outdoor sport and recreational surface systems. Sport Group installs artificial turf fields and tracks (both running tracks and multi-purpose surfaces) and manufactures all system critical components in-house.

Sport Group has three main product groups (artificial turf, tracks and playground) used in a variety of applications. The business benefits from its unique system competence, leading technology and a strong market position, especially in Germany. The company successfully expanded its operations internationally through four add-on acquisitions in recent years and therefore strengthened its product and brand portfolio as well as its geographical presence.

Sport Group is headquartered in Burgheim, Germany. It was acquired by the IK 2000 Fund in May 2006, before successful sale to Equistone in June 2015.

Our Value Creation Strategy

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

  • Leverage strong organic growth;
  • Focus on international expansion; and
  • Facilitate selective add-on acquisitions.