Livingstone’s Consumer sector team has advised Bergfalk on its sale to Litorina. The transaction is the result of a competitive sales process directed specifically at well-capitalised buyers that shared the sellers’ requirements for structure and their vision to become number one in the Nordic market.
Bergfalk was founded in 1840 and is today a leading foodservice distributor and refiner of premium products in meat, fish and seafood, with a well-established position on Sweden’s largest market, Stockholm. Its headquarters are located just outside Stockholm and the company has 120 employees.
Litorina acquires the majority of the shares in Bergfalk & Co AB, at the same time as all sellers and a number of key personnel also invest in the company. Lars Bengtsson, who led the company since 2014, remains as CEO. The transaction creates significant opportunities for Bergfalk to continue its geographic expansion, in Sweden and the rest of Scandinavia.
“It’s been a hectic period during which we’ve been glad we made the initial decision to consult an adviser specifically experienced in this line of work. As entrepreneurs, we couldn’t imagine the extent of this process or the importance of handling it professionally, both when evaluating buyers and working to maximise terms. Livingstone has shown ample ability in both these areas, they created great interest for the company, and have, not the least, been a lot of fun to work with,” says Lars Bengtsson, CEO at Bergfalk.
Bergfalk are famous for its refinement of premium products and its tailored delivery and service solutions for demanding clients. Its work process has been developed in close cooperation with well-known chefs and industry profiles, which has positioned Bergfalk well on the notably expansive restaurant market. The company has shown strong organic growth during the last few years and had a turnover of SEK 500 million in 2016.
“Bergfalk’s strong market position and clear client focus, in combination with the management team’s proven ability to create growth, both organically and through acquisitions, makes the company an excellent platform to build on. It’s a thrilling investment and we look forward to supporting the management in the continued expansion, not least through an intensified acquisition focus on this still fragmented market,” says Lars Verneholt, Partner at Litorina.
The Nordic restaurant industry has developed well in the last years; people are spending a larger part of their incomes on dining out, and it’s becoming the preferred way to meet and socialise, especially among younger generations.
“These trends, along with Bergfalk’s noteworthy market position, all contributed to creating great interest from buyers during the sales process. Litorina shares Bergfalk’s vision for the future, meets its specific partnership demands, and creates great conditions for Bergfalk to further accelerate its expansion,” says Daniel Ohlsson, Managing Director at Livingstone.
Livingstone was the exclusive financial adviser and Hamilton Advokatbyrå was the legal adviser to Bergfalk during the sale process.