Alantra advises the minority shareholders of Patent Co on partnership with RWA Austria
SECTORFood & Beverage
ServiceM&A; Strategic Advisory
Vienna – Alantra, the global investment banking and asset management specialist, is pleased to announce that it has advised the founders and minority shareholders of Patent Co (“the Company”), a leading animal nutrition business in Central and Eastern Europe, on a partnership with RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG (“RWA”). RWA acquired a majority stake in the Company from former investor Abris Capital and the founders.
Patent Co is the leading animal nutrition business in Central and Eastern Europe, employing 250 staff across facilities in Southeast Europe. Abris invested in the business at the end of 2015 with the strategic goal of transitioning the company from a local animal nutrition producer to a multinational player with a patented, high-margin feed additive portfolio and global distribution reach.
Headquartered in Austria, RWA is a wholesaler of diverse agriculture products and materials across Central and Eastern Europe. Its extensive product offering includes building materials, home and garden products, and agricultural machinery, among others. With the acquisition of Patent Co, RWA will further strengthen its product portfolio and geographical positioning in its core segments of feed and feed supplements.
Alexandra Nagle, Managing Partner of Alantra, commented: “We are proud to have supported Radivoje and Miodrag Perovic, the founders and minority shareholders of Patent Co, on their new partnership with RWA. This transaction adds to Alantra’s excellent credentials in Central and Eastern Europe, and our notable track record in cross-border situations involving multiple counterparties.”
Radivoje Perovic added: “Alantra supported us greatly in the context of the sale to RWA and the negotiation of our partnership, not only with expert strategic advice but also hands on technical support when we most needed it. We are very happy with the outcome.”