Companies we invest in

Investing in companies

Through our three funds, we have been investing in small and medium-sized enterprises since 2006.  These are typically companies within the manufacturing, retail, distribution and service industries which have an enterprise value (value of the company without debts) of between DKK 75 million and DKK 400 million. So we do not invest in real estate companies, financial institutions, venture capital or startup companies.

A typical process

An investment is typically made at the time of a generation change or when there is a need for capital for growth - for international expansion, for example. Capidea’s equity contribution per investment is typically between DKK 30 and 120 million. Our goal is to develop businesses with a long-term, growth-oriented focus in mind. We therefore invest mainly in companies that meet several of the following criteria: good management, attractive market position, interesting products, solid earnings and development potential. The ownership period in the companies we buy into will generally be 3-7 years.

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How we invest

We always invest in partnership with the existing management of the company and focus on being an open and trustworthy partner. We therefore expect the company’s management to be co-investors in the company too.

We usually take a majority stake, where we own between 51% and 95% of the companies concerned. Minority Investments may also occur. Capidea will always be represented by at least one partner on the company’s board, and we bring in external directors with relevant industry experience.

In all, Capidea has invested in 20 companies with total revenues of DKK 6 billion, 10 of which have been sold.

Capidea is a Danish private equity fund which makes long term investments in competitive small and medium-sized enterprises. We invest primarily in manufacturing, distribution, software, retail and services, and we focus on optimising and streamlining the business in co-operation with the existing management.

Established in 2006

Capidea was established in 2006 and currently has a total committed capital of DKK 2.3 billion, divided into three funds. Our third fund was added to the business in 2017 and represents a capital commitment of DKK 750 million.

Competent and experienced team

The qualifications and professional experience of our staff are second to none in the industry. This means that our overall management and decisions are always rooted in our own experience and the latest knowledge in the field.

Fund I

Fund II

Fund III