Mutares focuses on acquiring small and medium-sized companies that find themselves in situations involving major change.
Mutares looks for companies in difficult situations in order to leverage existing value potential with innovative and individually tailored solutions. Mutares is one of the top companies in Europe when it comes to carve-outs, restructurings and subsequent inorganic growth as part of a buy-and-build strategy.
Mutares typically acquires low-yield companies or parts of companies that are no longer part of a group’s core business and are therefore being carved out, or where a sale makes sense in the course of corporate succession. The overriding goal is to transform calculable risks into above-average value creation with a return on invested capital of 7 to 10.
As part of the typical value creation process, Mutares’ investments go through four development phases: from Acquisition through Realignment and Optimization to the step of Harvesting.
In the course of the Realignment Mutares develops the investments strategically and operationally: Mutares consultants support the companies in investments or in the development of innovative new products, in sales and in the sustainable adjustment of production until the company has re-established itself as an independent, profitable company. This is followed by further measures to push organic growth.
In the Optimization phase, Mutares clearly differs from classical investors that provide only capital. Mutares acts as an active investor and develops permanent and flexible action plans for the investments. In the course of an active investment management, Mutares continuously develops new business opportunities in the investments and supports their development. This explicitly includes the regular review of add-on acquisitions in order to drive and achieve the ambitious growth targets through a focused buy&build approach.
Harvesting is the final step before the Exit. The realization of the value potential of the individual investments is actively pursued after passing through all development phases in order to realize a profitable exit from the company. In this case, the target is 7 to 10 times return on invested capital.
The management and employees of the companies we acquire play a central role in managing the change associated with operational optimization. The success of all our measures ultimately depends on the qualifications, commitment and team spirit of our employees. We are convinced that significant value enhancement can only be achieved through joint cooperation. We therefore see the participation of employees and management in the success of the company as a central element of our development strategy.
In addition, when developing individual strategies for each portfolio company, we rely on both proven entrepreneurial measures and creative and unconventional approaches. In each case, we are guided by five principles:
Mutares focuses on organic growth and the sustainable success of its portfolio companies in all its decisions. This takes time. Therefore, we invest for the long term and give our companies the time they need to increase sales and profitability and to expand their market position. Our aspired holding period lays between approx. three to five years.