Munich, April 27, 2023 – AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA (AURELIUS; ISIN: DE000A0JK2A8) sells Distrelec Group, a leading European B2B distributor of electronic and technical components, to RS Group, a global omni-channel provider of industrial product and service solutions. The transaction is valued at an enterprise value of EUR 365m resulting in an equity value of around EUR 200m, after considering all deductible items, minority positions, variable compensation and transaction costs. Closing is expected in Q3 2023 or earlier.
Distrelec was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Manchester, UK. The company is a leading European B2B distributor of electronic and technical components with around 400 employees. Beyond its main markets of Switzerland, Germany and Sweden, with active sales teams Distrelec holds a strong presence in 19 European countries. Its product range is comprised of Maintenance, Repair & Operations (MRO) components, targeting B2B customers. AURELIUS acquired Distrelec as a carve-out from Dätwyler Group in March 2020. Jointly with Dätwyler, AURELIUS Group successfully managed the carve-out process within the agreed timeframe. Since then, AURELIUS´ operational task force has supported Distrelec in becoming an established stand-alone business and helped guide the company on its successful growth path.
“Distrelec looks back on an impressive heritage. The company is a trusted, long-standing partner for many of Europe´s largest electronic and technical providers. Since joining AURELIUS in March 2020, Distrelec has first stabilised and then significantly expanded its market position and successfully positioned itself as a well-established, independent participant in the European field of B2B electricals distribution, while preserving its unique heritage. We are convinced that RS Group will support Distrelec´s further growth trajectory over the coming years”, commented Matthias Täubl, CEO of AURELIUS Equity Opportunities.
AURELIUS´s operational specialists have created significant value and enabled the business to prosper by optimizing the end-to-end customer experience alongside other key success factors of assortment, availability, a customer centric sales force and digital order interfaces. Today, state-of-the-art IT systems, strong capabilities in e-commerce and business intelligence, and a highly qualified digital team, form the backbone to the company.
“We are delighted about this successful exit transaction. Today, Distrelec is known to be a leading pan-European multi-channel platform for B2B customers in the MRO business for electronic components. We showcased strong digital growth in our core markets of DACH and the Nordics. Combining the digital teams and competences of RS Group and Distrelec represents a big opportunity to accelerate the power of digital business innovation”, added Stephan Rahmede, Vice President of AURELIUS.
The successful journey of Distrelec underlines AURELIUS´ extensive expertise in operational partnership and value creation, as well as its strong competence in digital business transformation.
AURELIUS was advised on the transaction by Baird (M&A), OMMAX (Digital), PwC (Financial), Linklaters (Legal), Haver & Mailänder (Legal), Kearney (Commercial) and EY (Tax).
RS Group was advised on the transaction by Greenhill (M&A), Rothschild (M&A), McKinsey (Commercial, Operations, Integration), EY (Financial, Tax, HR), and Osborne Clarke (Legal, Compliance).