Subsidiary Zanders GmbH withdraws application for restructuring in self-administration

  • Zanders GmbH withdraws motion for debtor-in-possessions proceedings after the preliminary committee of creditors rejected the restructuring concept
  • Since its acquisition by Mutares AG, Zanders GmbH has grown its turnover by an average of 12 percent per year

Munich, August 31, 2018 – Mutares AG (ISIN: DE000A0SMSH2) announces that its subsidiary Zanders GmbH has today withdrawn its application for restructuring under its own management.

Prior to this, the Zanders management had come to the justified conclusion that the provisional creditors’ committee, rejecting the presented restructuring concept in its own management, favoured other solutions for the creditors and the company. The decision on further proceedings will be taken by the competent court at the beginning of September 2018.

Since the takeover of Zanders GmbH by Mutares AG in 2015, both sales and net profit have improved significantly as part of the turnaround strategy. Joint efforts by employees and management reduced personnel costs and opened up new business areas through investment in research and development. The site was significantly modernized to increase competitiveness and invested in a new, company-owned gas power plant to sustainably reduce operating and production costs. Despite considerable success, the manufacturer of high-quality specialty papers was not able to compensate for the permanently high costs for company pensions and the sharp rise in raw material prices over the last 12 months.

For Mutares AG, the changed procedure for the 2018 financial year will not have a material impact on the Group’s annual result or the most recently published net asset value.

Company profile of Mutares AG

Mutares AG, Munich (www.mutares.de), acquires medium-sized companies and parts of groups with headquarter in Europe that are being sold in the course of a repositioning process at their owners and show a clear potential for operational improvement. Mutares actively supports and develops its portfolio companies with its own investment and consulting teams as well as through acquisitions of strategic add-ons. The aim is to achieve a clear value increase with a focus on sustainable, long-term growth of the portfolio company. In 2018, Mutares’ portfolio companies generated consolidated revenues of EUR 865 million and employed more than 4,700 people worldwide. The shares of Mutares AG are listed on Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “MUX” (ISIN: DE000A2NB650).