In a partnership to accelerate international growth in the Roplan Holding AB (“Roplan”) group, FSN Capital has agreed to acquire a majority position from its founder, Göran Wallenius, who will remain a significant minority shareholder in the group. Roplan is a niche leader in high-end custom mechanical seals for rotating machinery with unique OEM value proposition and global presence.
Göran Wallenius, Founder of Roplan, commented: “After 38 years of building Roplan into an international company, I now feel that the time is right to bring in a partner to build on the current solid foundation. After a careful selection, FSN Capital emerged as the optimal choice and I look forward to continue building the company with Roplan’s talented management team and FSN ”.
Richard Tuck, Group CEO, added: “We are privileged to serve many blue chip OEM customers and global biopharmaceutical business with our seals and Steridose range of products, We are excited with the opportunities this new ownership structure gives for the continued development of our businesses, in meeting their increasing expectations and presenting our solutions to potential new customers”.
Ulrik Smith, Partner at FSN Capital, said. “Roplan is a world-class OEM partner in high-end mechanical seals and quality-leading biopharma processing player, with a unique value proposition and stable recurring revenues from the aftermarket, highly loyal and satisfied customers, a strong management team, coupled with opportunities for further growth in current and new accounts in Sweden and internationally. There are no plans to sell directly to end-users as we see strong merits in the collaborative, “win-win” OEM partnership model. We are excited about teaming up with the Wallenius family and management to develop the company globally”.
Livingstone advised the seller and Thomas Karlsson, Partner at Livingstone, commented: “We received significant interest in the business, not least from the private equity community who were attracted by its niche strategic model and engineering capability. We believe that FSN Capital will be a great support to the management team and the business to continue to accelerate its strong current growth ambitions.”