RESPONSIBLE VALUE CREATION WITH DEVOTED PEOPLE

Evolver helps established non-listed companies to realise their potential. As devoted owners we contribute with knowledge, capital and tools for further development and expansion.

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About Us

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to act as a catalyst within our companies. By using the right strategy, management and tools, we unlock the companies’ intrinsic potential.

 

The value creating work that we execute in cooperation with the management teams gives momentum to value growth and creates opportunities for an exceptional return for the companies’ owners.

HISTORY

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Johan Porko and Lasse Kittelsen founded Evolver Investment Group, the first Private Equity firm on the Åland Islands, in 2009. The aim was to work with co-financed expansion investments in owner-managed companies.

 

The idea of co-investing is nothing new on the Åland Islands. Its 19th century history is characterised by farmer voyages, where people from different farms and villages on Åland worked together to transport their goods to the closest cities’ markets. As a result, the farmers became co-owners in the shipping companies that were founded. The combining aspects of competency, capital and a co-operative working model lead to the creation of new unity that was larger than the sum of its parts. A foundation was set that helped both the Shipping business and the Åland society to flourish.

 

The farmer voyages eventually abated, but the tradition of sound and profitable cooperation lives on. This is a tradition that we on Evolver hold on to dearly.

RESPONSIBILITY AND COMMITMENT

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The business tradition of the Åland Islands is the foundation of our view on investments. We manage our companies and our co-investors’ interests with respect, integrity and commitment. We create value in our companies through cooperation and a long-term focus on evolution.

 

Our commitment is to be an involved co-actor that serves as a positive force for growth and value creation in our companies, thereby helping them to grow, strengthen their competitiveness and create new workplaces.

 

This results in positive outcomes for everyone involved: The entrepreneurs we cooperate with, the employees, our co-investors and society as a whole.

A TRUSTING PARTNERSHIP

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Our fundamental view is that progress is achieved by the creativity, drive and endurance of people. Our companies create value through a close and trustful cooperation with the managers, boards and owners, where the experience and knowledge of every person is utilized and refined. Openness to new ideas, continuous learning and sharing of knowledge are vital and inspiring parts of our work.

 

The value created in our companies extends far beyond our period as owners. We want to be a part of the development of companies that give positive effects for many people, both today and tomorrow.

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Team

DEVELOP YOUR COMPANY TOGETHER WITH US!

Given our diverse backgrounds, competencies and ages, we can offer a solid and collective business experience with great scope. We create value in projects and portfolio companies through a close cooperation and an active transfer of knowledge. And since our competencies overlap, we minimize the dependence on individual co-workers. This ensures a continued and undisturbed operation over time.

 

JESPER BACKAS

JESPER BACKAS

JOACIM ERIKSSON

JOACIM ERIKSSON

ERIK FLODIN

ERIK FLODIN

CONNY FRIMAN

CONNY FRIMAN

LASSE KITTELSEN

LASSE KITTELSEN

PETER LINDSTRÖM

PETER LINDSTRÖM

JOHAN PORKO

JOHAN PORKO

LARS PORKO

LARS PORKO

HOW WE WORK

THE ART OF BUILDING SUCCESSFUL COMPANIES

Thanks to our experience of entrepreneurship, we know that the people are crucial for the success of a company.

 

We achieve the best outcome through a close and trusting cooperation between our companies’ workers and us. We challenge, support and drive, but are at the same time humble towards the challenges that the company faces throughout its growth journey.

 

As owners, it is our duty to bear the main responsibility of the businesses we invest in, both during prosperity and adversity.

INVESTMENT STRATEGY

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Private Equity deals with investments in non-listed companies and can be divided into two general parts: Venture and Buyout. Evolver is active within the Buyout segment with the ambition to further strengthen successful companies in cooperation with the company’s management.

 

Together with our co-investors, we invest in companies that are active in mature and established industries; companies with a stable historical record, positive cash flows and strong market positions; a segment with a moderate risk level.

 

We help companies to take the next step through a controlled process; for example, through a change of generation or an expansion. It paves the way for a strong and profitable growth both in the short and long-term, creating value for all parties involved.

OUR INVESTMENT CRITERIA

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As devoted owners, our goal is to evolve and improve our portfolio companies over a time period of four to seven years. During this time, we create a profitable growth and a competitiveness that lasts even after our ownership has ended.

To succeed with this, we analyse possible acquisitions by taking three main criteria into account: the co-workers’ drive and ability to create value, the company’s market position and the industry’s attractiveness. To us it is also important that the deals are responsible.

Drive to create value

As devoted owners and with support of our value creating business plan, we contribute with competency, tools and capital to achieve operational improvements and long-lasting value growth. Nevertheless, the most important ingredient for a successful cooperation and value creation is the management’s drive and capability to evolve the business.

The company’s market position

The company should be one of the most profitable and prominent companies in its industry. We have a long experience of working with owner-managed small and medium-sized Nordic companies that have a turnover of 5-30 million euro and have a market position among the foremost in their industry or niche.

Attractiveness of the industry

We invest in sound and growing industries or niches, preferably with a fragmented structure with good possibilities for consolidation.

A responsible deal

Our Åland Island business traditions characterize the way we evaluate a good and responsible deal. Long-term relations with loyalty, competency and mutual respect are fundamental ingredients. We want to be a part of evolving companies that will thrive and provide a return for its stakeholders also in the future. We only invest in companies that share our values.

FOR ENTREPRENEURS

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At Evolver, we are inspired by entrepreneurs with a strong drive. It can be their will to grow in existing or new markets, or their will to strengthen their company for the future in other ways. Sometimes the time or tools to realize the desired change are missing.

 

Evolver is an ideal partner for those who wants to expand and is in need of additional resources, competencies and networks to succeed. Or for the one who wants to sell their company through a controlled process that maximizes the selling price. While you balance your risk, the company will be in a position to strengthen its competitiveness and increase its value even in the future.

 

Our ownership commitment is about being a positive force for growth and operational improvements; to be a devoted partner that helps companies to grow, create new workplaces and strengthen their competitiveness.

 

Together with us, you can pursue growth plans that there isn’t time for in the day-to-day work. Contact us if you are an entrepreneur that is looking for a strategic partner to grow and evolve your business.

 

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INVESTMENTS

A PORTFOLIO WITH POTENTIAL FOR DEVELOPMENT

Evolver is focused on small to medium-sized enterprises with stable financials and a strong market position in mature industries. Many of our entrepreneurs want to evolve their businesses but lack the tools to take the next step. Examples of typical challenges include geographical expansion, broadening of the customer offer, a change of generation and skill development within governance and management work.

 

In conjunction with our entry, together we establish an ambitious business plan and work thereafter to achieve the objectives we have agreed upon. In consensus with the companies and their co-workers, we enable a profitable journey of growth that favours all parties. In 2015, our portfolio companies had a total turnover of approximately 85 million euro and more than 430 employees.

 

MÄSSBOLAGET I TRANÅS AB

MÄSSBOLAGET I TRANÅS AB

MÄLAR SPRINKLER AB

MÄLAR SPRINKLER AB

JG VENTILATION AB

JG VENTILATION AB

REFIX SKADESANERING AB

REFIX SKADESANERING AB

HP KYLA & VÄRME AB

HP KYLA & VÄRME AB

FIRECON GROUP AB

FIRECON GROUP AB

CREOVENT AB

CREOVENT AB

FORMER PORTFOLIO COMPANIES

ÅLANDS LÅS & SÄKERHET AB
Investment date: 2010-06-30
Exit date: 2014-12-19
Sector/Industry: Locks and security

 

BJÖRNBERGSGRUPPEN
Investment date: 2013-05-20
Exit date: 2016-07-01
Sector/Industry: HVAC

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EVOLVER’S INVESTMENT MODEL

Evolver invests together with both individuals and institutional investors. The investments and the reporting to shareholders are done in accordance to accepted and proven principles for the Buyout segment within Private Equity. As devoted owners of our portfolio companies, we strive for long-term cooperation with our co-investors.

 

For an investor, the cooperation with Evolver entails access to an investment segment, with relatively limited risk, that can otherwise be hard to access; small and medium-sized companies with stable financials and good possibilities for development in their respective niches. Contact us if you want to know more about our investment operations.

 

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Contact

WELCOME TO EVOLVER!

Get in touch with us if you want to know more about us or about our model for successfully evolving companies.

 

Evolver Investment Group AB
Torggatan 5, 4 tr
AX-22100 Mariehamn
Finland

 

Email: forename@evolverinvestmentgroup.com
Phone: [See co-workers under Team]

Fax: +358 18 22 107

 

 

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