Germany-based printing press manufacturer Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) will take ownership over the 70 percent of shares in St. Gallen, Switzerland-based label press maker Gallus it did not already own. Swiss group Ferd. Rueesch AG, the previous owner of Gallus, will become its new anchor investor acquiring about a 9% stake, and will contribute its 70% stake in Gallus as contribution in kind against the issue of new Heidelberg Druck shares.
The planned complete takeover of Gallus accelerates the development and use of Heidelberg’s digital products in the growing labels sector. Later this year, Heidelberg and Gallus will be unveiling a new digital printing system for the label market that incorporates Fujifilm technology. At the same time, Heidelberg is strengthening its capital structure, which will support the company’s strategic reorientation.
After the completion of the transaction, Heidelberg will directly and indirectly hold 100 percent of the shares in Gallus Holding AG. In 2013, the Gallus Group generated a turnover of CHF 188 million with approximately 500 employees.
In addition, Heidelberg agreed to pay a single-digit million euro amount in cash to Ferdinand Rüesch.
“We are very proud to have won Ferdinand Rüesch as anchor investor with long-standing sector knowledge,” says Heidelberg CEO Gerold Linzbach. “The full acquisition of Gallus will further enhance the cooperation of the two companies. Together, we will continue to foster the development in the growing market for digital label production.”
Dirk Kaliebe, CFO at Heidelberg, comments, “Both the enhanced capital structure and the operative synergies will create the room required to further enhance the product and service range of both companies. This is the starting signal for the profit focused alignment of our portfolio and the steps required in this context.”