• THE ART OF BUYING A BUSINESS LEGACY

  • There is one major difference between us and most other buyers: we don't have an exit strategy. Instead, our ambition is to own companies for generations. Having been in business for four generations we feel this is a credible claim. We seek involvement in companies that have a clear business position, where we feel we would be a good owner, able to contribute to the development of the company. We always put great emphasis on evaluating company management and staff. We act like an owner, not like a group management team. The idea is that the management teams of each of our companies should act as if it was their own business. Only then, we can avoid being torn between short- and long-term priorities.

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    Contact: Lars IhrfeltBusiness Development manager: +46 (0)708 706 179

    • SOLID COMPANIES FROM SOLID PEOPLE

    • Our most important acquisition criterion is to purchase solid companies from solid people who share our passion for the long-term development of companies for future generations. Since we only acquire well-run companies, we rarely find reasons to relocate, reorganise, merge or sell them. On the contrary, continuity is what matters most to us.

    • THE ART OF SELLING A BUSINESS LEGACY

    • The decision to hand your business legacy over to someone else is a major step to take. As a seller, you do not only want to ensure that the price is right but also that a new owner continues to develop your company in a good way for your staff, customers and suppliers. All this needs to happen in an ever-tougher business climate and an increasingly digitalised world that requires investments. We know this process needs to mature and take its time. A rushed decision may risk that the company eventually ceases to exist or loses its competitive edge. In our experience, the chance of success, will improve dramatically if the buyer and seller take their time to fully understand each other’s value base, and then create a common goal for your company.

    • WE WANT TO ACT LIKE AN OWNER – NOT LIKE A GROUP MANAGEMENT TEAM

    • Ernströmgruppen wants to acquire all, or parts (at least 51%), of companies that have a clear business position. These companies are often characterised by a strong brand, good cost control, a healthy corporate culture and competent management. We put great emphasis on the management’s ability and competence to make decisions. We want to act like an owner – not like a group management team. We also want the management teams of each of our subsidiaries to act as if it was their own business. Only then can we avoid being torn between short- and long-term priorities.