DANE CAPITAL
Creating partnerships for long-term growth

INTRODUCTION

DANE CAPITAL is a private investment company based in Copenhagen. We have a long track record investing in private companies and operate as an independent private equity pledge fund. We invest our own capital alongside capital from high-calibre private and institutional investors without a defined exit period.

We invest in quality companies together with management and business owners to persevere and grow the business for long-term value creation. In principle, we can own our companies indefinitely and create liquidity for our investors through dividends and recapitalisations but may decide to sell a business when time and circumstances are right.

Our investments are made on a deal-by-deal basis with an industry agnostic approach in Denmark, Southern Sweden and Northern Germany. We typically take majority ownership but can also take minority positions at the right terms. We want to partner with companies where we can add value as an active and engaged investor and we only invest in companies where we have a complete understanding of the business model and the risks involved.

Our investment team consist of highly experienced professionals with backgrounds from private equity, investment banking, strategy consulting and senior executive management positions across industries. We have a strong network of industrial and operational advisors to assist us in defining and executing on key value creating activities.

PHILOSOPHY

Strong returns are created by buying the right business with the right people at the right price combined with a clear strategy. Together with our partners, we define the full potential and risks of our businesses in order to manage and optimise the opportunities while controlling and minimising the risks. This may sound elementary but nevertheless this is the most difficult challenge when buying small- and mid-cap companies (SME’s).

We know that every situation is different and it is about understanding the needs of all key people involved in the business. Thus, our investment approach and partnership model is just as much about the people than the numbers.

APPROACH

All investments have different attributes, but our investment approach will typically include the following main characteristics:

Buyout features:

  • SME’s with revenues between DKK 50-300M (~EUR 7-40M) and earnings (EBITDA/Cash Flow) between DKK 7-40M (~EUR 1-6M)
  • Company well positioned in its niche segment
  • Strong management team (MBO/MBI)
  • Solid and stable cash-flow
  • Majority positions typically structured as leveraged buyouts (Newco structure)

Growth Capital features:

  • Proven growth companies with revenues and (or close to) cash-flow positive
  • Scalable platform (technology) or business model to support growth plan
  • Owners seeking active partner with capital and knowledge to take company to the next level
  • Minority positions typically structured as capital increase (new shares) for defined growth initiatives

Investment situations: 

  • Owner-led or family-owned businesses seeking a generational change
  • Corporate spin-outs
  • MBO/MBI
  • Growth capital and/or replacement capital
  • Preference capital (equity) and/or convertible debt (loan)
  • Industrial niche companies
  • Secondary direct transactions

COMPANIES

Since inception DANE CAPITAL has invested in the following companies:

Majority Buyout

Manufacture of specialised tooling equipment

Majority Buyout

Port operator, logistics and shipping company

Majority Buyout

Producer of playground equipment

Majority Buyout

Leak detection, atmospheric plasma and corona treatment

Minority Growth

Ready-to-serve cocktails

Minority Growth

Signage, wayfinding and branding company

Minority Growth

Serviced apartments

Minority Growth

Collaborative software platforms (merged with Talenthouse)

Majority Buyout (SOLD)

Processing equipment

Minority Growth (SOLD)

Cloud based software solutions

Minority Growth (SOLD)

Digital transformation processes

Minority Growth (SOLD)

Peer-to-peer lending

TEAM

Christian Dalum

Co-Founder and Partner

Experience from BWB Partners/Odin Equity Partners (2007-16), Danske Private Equity/Saga Private Equity (2005-07), 3i Group (2001-05), SEB Enskilda Securities Corporate Finance (1998-01), Carlsberg International (1993-94), DanTransport/DSV (1989-92).

MBA Fordham Business School (1997-98), B.Sc. in Finance, NYU, Stern School of Business (1995-97).

Board positions (past and present): NEK (machine tooling), Tantec (atmospheric plasma and corona treatment), DanSign (signage and wayfinding), Movinn (serviced apartments), A. Henriksen Shipping (port operator, shipping and logistics company), R&T Stainless (playground equipment), Remmer (office supplies), EuroMilling (process plant equipment), Advice Invest (investment funds), System Frugt (dried fruit & nuts), Transmedica (private hospital and staffing business), SFK Foods (ingredients), Phase One (digital camera software and solutions), Scale Capital (advisor).

Contact:

phone: +45 20 20 57 00

e-mail: cd@danecapital.dk

Ulrik Nehammer

Co-Founder and Partner

Experience as CEO Salesforce, APAC Region (2016-21) and CEO of Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke AG, Germany (2011-16) and before that +15 years in various senior executive positions with Coca-Cola across several geographies.

Management education programs: Harvard Business School and IMD Business School.

Board positions (past and present): LAIBA Beverages (ready-to-serve cocktails).

Malte Foghsgaard

Partner

Experience from Foxnordic Family Office (2017-21), Group CEO Labflex A/S (2009-17), CEO iab AB (2005-07), Viasat (2003-05), Modern Times Group (2002),
BBDO (2000-02), TV2 Reklame (1999-00).

Management education programs: Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University (2018), Insead, Fortainebleau (2007), London Business School (2007), Copenhagen Business School (1999), Msc in Economics, Edinburgh University (1993-98).

Board positions (past and present): Foxnordic Family Offices, Labflex A/S, Skoleinventar A/S, Serendipity Partners (advisor).

Contact:

phone: +45 40 82 22 29

e-mail: mf@danecapital.dk

CONTACT

Visiting office
DANE CAPITAL
c/o GALST
Gammel Strand 44
1202 Copenhagen K

phone: +45 20 20 57 00
e-mail: info@danecapital.dk

Posting address
DANE CAPITAL
Carl Baggers Allé 10
2920 Charlottenlund

Registration no. (cvr): 36557524

Administration office
FPE Group
Helsingørsvej 38
3480 Fredensborg

Registration no. (cvr): 35256121

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