THE HISTORY
OF BLUE CAP

Since it was founded in 2006, Blue Cap AG has offered German SMEs support in growing sustainably. Under the leadership of a three-strong Management Board we are continuously systematising and diversifying our portfolio companies in order to achieve long-term growth in our portfolio and generate sustainable added value for the portfolio companies.

2022

Changes at the top of the company: Tobias Hoffmann-Becking, CIO since April 2020 and responsible for the areas of mergers & acquisitions and capital market, takes over the newly created position as CEO. There is also a change in the COO position: Henning Eschweiler takes over for Ulrich Blessing, who ends his mandate early.

The first sustainability reportin accordance with the German Sustainability Code (DNK) is published in May.

Acquisition of Transline Group: Blue Cap AG acquires a stake of 74% in one of the largest translation services providers and strengthens its Business Services division. The first add-on acquisition under the Blue Cap umbrella follows in July: Transline takes over the translation service provider Micado.

One more exit: After restructuring the company in 2021 with a focus shift towards the after-sales business Blue Cap sells its 100% stake in Gämmerler to a strategic investor

2021

Numerous acquisitions during the year: In January, Blue Cap acquires 71% of the shares in plastics specialist Hero. In April, the add-on acquisition and integration of Recyplast by con-pearl is completed. In August, Blue Cap announces the acquisition of 93% of the shares in HY-LINE Verwaltungs GmbH and its subsidiaries

Capital increaseof 10% of the share capital placed with institutional investors

Attractive exit:Blue Cap sells Carl Schaefer Gold- und Silberscheideanstalt to a strategic investor

Further adjustments to the portfolio:Sale of the remaining shares in Greiffenberger and two properties not needed for operations

2020

Change of management:After founder Dr Schubert steps down, 2020 kicks off with a new management team. Ulrich Blessing and Matthias Kosch take up their posts in January, Tobias Hoffmann-Becking steps in to complement the Management Board team in April 2020

May:Sale of the medical technology manufacturer em-tec to a strategic investor (Dover Corporation, USA)

Add-on acquisitionof Linus s.r.o. by Neschen Coating

The subsidiary SMB-Davidfiles for insolvency in June: The impact on the Group is limited and the step contributes to the streamlining of the portfolio

The planned saleof properties not required for operations kicks off with two sales

2019

Company founder Dr Schubertsteps down from Blue Cap at the end of the year

Add-on acquisition: Neschen Coating acquires the Swiss company Netra AG, adding an additional European site to its distribution network

Blue Cap acquires 100%of the shares in con-pearl (formerly friedola TECH), a manufacturer of lightweight plastic products for the packaging and automotive industries

2018

Blue Cap acquires 100%of the shares in Uniplast Knauer, a manufacturer of plastic cups for the food industry

With the saleof the medical technology manufacturer Wisap Medical Technology, Blue Cap succeeds in transforming the company into a strategic and internationally active group of companies (Aohua, China)

First dividend payout:The shareholders participate in Blue Cap’s success with a dividend payout of EUR 1

2017

Acquisition of a stakein Greiffenberger AG following a capital increase

The adhesive tape manufacturer Biolinkis sold to the Saint-Gobain Group (France). As a result, the Planatol Group is restructured under company law. The key real estate and properties are transferred to the Group’s internal real estate management company Blue Cap Asset Management

2016

Blue Capmakes two acquisitions this year: It acquires 100% of the shares in Neschen Coating, a specialist in media coating, and 100% of the shares in Carl Schaefer Gold- und Silberscheideanstalt

2015

The borrowed capital baseof the company is expanded through the issue of a promissory note loan

2014

With the acquisitionof em-tec (100%), Blue Cap expands its involvement in the medical technology sector further. The company also acquires 85.5% of the shares in nokra Optische Prüftechnik und Automation (increase to 90% of shares in 2016)

2013

As part of a management buyout,Blue Cap purchases 100% of the shares in H. Schreiner Verwaltungs GmbH

2012

As part of an asset dealresulting from insolvency, Blue Cap acquires 100% of the shares in the medical device manufacturer WISAP Medical Technology

Add-on acquisition:Planatol acquires the adhesive manufacturer Wetzel

2011

Blue Capacquires 100% of the shares in Gämmerler, a manufacturer of finishing equipment for the printing industry

2010

Exit of maxxtecdue to sale of remaining shares

2009

The adhesive technology companyPlanatol becomes part of the Blue Cap portfolio with a stake of 18% (increase to 100% of shares in 2017). The company also brings Biolink Gesellschaft für Verbindungstechnologien with it into the Blue Cap Group

2007

Blue Cap acquires a stake in maxxtec AG through the purchase of shares (18% shareholding)

Acquisition of 70% of the sharesin H. Schreiner Verwaltungs GmbH (increase to 100% of shares in 2008)

2006

Blue Cap AGis founded by Dr Hannspeter Schubert in Munich

In October,Blue Cap celebrates its successful debut on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange

The first acquisitions comprise a 15% takeover of the shares in Inheco (increase to 42% of shares in 2007) and the acquisition of 40% of the shares in SMB-David (increase to 100% of shares in 2011)

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