Global Trend towards More Powerful IT Networks Offers Major Growth Opportunities
Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 15th April 2016 – Brockhaus Private Equity, an independent private equity firm focussing on medium-sized German innovation and technology leaders, has acquired a majority stake in the KVM systems specialist IHSE via a management buy-out in a succession arrangement.
100% of the shares in IHSE GmbH, based in Oberteuringen near Lake Constance, Germany, have been jointly acquired by the fund Brockhaus Private Equity III and Dr. Enno Littmann, the company’s CEO. As part of this succession arrangement, two founders who have for some time no longer been involved in the company’s operations have ceased to be shareholders. The third founder and former shareholder Heiner Esseln will continue to provide the company with operational support. The current managing director, Dr. Enno Littmann, who joined the management team in 2009, will run IHSE as CEO while also being a significant shareholder in the company.
IHSE is a global leader in high-performance KVM technology whose areas of application include a wide variety of industries, such as broadcasting, air traffic control, control rooms, banking, manufacturing, medicine, shipping, culture and education as well as government.
Keyboard, video, mouse (KVM) technology allows to expand the distance between IT consoles (keyboard, screen and mouse) and computer servers (CPUs). In addition, this technology provides secure and instant access from one console to several servers (switching) or, conversely, from several consoles to one server (sharing). The result is a significant increase in the efficiency, reliability, security and user-friendliness of high-end IT applications and IT consoles.
“The succession arrangement and new ownership structure have put us on course for long-term growth“, explains Dr. Enno Littmann, CEO of IHSE. “With its unique experience as a partner of medium-sized innovation and technology leaders, our new majority shareholder is ideally suited to support us in our bid for faster growth, not least with a view to international expansion“, adds Littmann.
“IHSE boasts cutting-edge technology, strong growth and a clean bill of health. The company has excellent prospects, not least because of its proven ability to match the ever increasing technological complexity of high-performance data transmission and thus leverage the global trend towards more powerful IT networks“, comments Marco Brockhaus, founder and CEO of Brockhaus Private Equity. “We are particularly pleased with the fact that the current management team will remain closely linked to the company in the future, thus ensuring operational continuity“, adds Brockhaus.
IHSE (www.ihse.de) is a leading global developer and manufacturer of advanced KVM devices with more than 30 years of experience. Keyboard, video and mouse (KVM) technology allows the remote switching, bidirectional extension and conversion of primary computer signals, including DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, Audio and USB. Numerous blue chip clients around the world in industries such as broadcasting, air traffic control, control rooms, banking, manufacturing, medicine, shipping, culture and education as well as government rely on KVM solutions made by IHSE. Based in Oberteuringen near Lake Constance, Germany, the company has subsidiaries in Singapore and the U.S. and employs approximately 80 employees.
On Brockhaus Private Equity
Brockhaus Private Equity (www.brockhaus-pe.com) was founded in 2000 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. As an independent private equity firm specializing in buy-outs and expansion financings, Brockhaus Private Equity focuses on innovation and technology leaders in the German speaking regions, respectively managing and advising funds with a total volume of more than € 285 million. The funds make equity and equity-related investments in the range of € 5 million to € 25 million per transaction.
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