New investor strengthens Analytik Jena shareholder structure
Jena/Erfurt, 18. Januar 2007 – Analytik Jena AG (ISIN: DE0005213508) has gained bm|t beteiligungsmanagement thüringen gmbh as a strategic new investor.
bm|t has taken shares in Analytik Jena with a nominal value of around 1 million euros. With more than 3% of the voting rights, bm|t, a subsidiary of the Thüringer Aufbaubank, is one of the major investors in the company.
Klaus Berka, Chairman of the Executive Board of Analytik Jena AG says, “The acquisition of shares by a Thuringia-based investment management company provides that little added security that allows us to continue down the path of success on which we had already started”.
In addition to the founders and principal shareholders, Jens Adomat and Klaus Berka, who still hold just under 30% of the shares of Analytik Jena AG, the shareholding structure of the company includes other well-known institutional investors, amongst which are Deutsche Bank, Allianz and Credit Suisse funds.
Analytik Jena is a leading supplier of high-tech instruments for analysis and bio-analysis applications. The company was founded in 1990 and currently employs more than 500 people worldwide, of which almost 400 are employed in Thuringia at locations in Jena, Eisfeld and Langewiesen. In the period since its foundation, the company has invested more than 40 million euros, much of this in upgrading their manufacturing facilities in Thuringia. In the recently completed financial year, Analytik Jena recorded double digit growth in its instrument business, mainly due to a breakthrough in international markets. The springboard for this successful development has been the innovative capability of the company.
The commitment of Analytik Jena AG is for bm|t an addition to an investment portfolio targeted principally at innovative businesses in Thuringia. Dr Bohnenkamp, Managing Director of the Erfurt-based bm|t, states, “Thanks to outstanding innovation and product quality, allied to good market positioning, we see excellent growth potential, both domestically and internationally”.
About Analytik Jena
As a supplier of systems, Analytik Jena (DE0005213508) covers almost all of the requirements of analysis laboratories. The core business focuses on the development, production and sale of the most up-to-date analysis measuring systems for industry, environmental research and the medical field. But the development of special systems for the bio-analysis market is equally important. Contributing to this are bio-instruments, automation solutions for sample preparation and handling and a range of bio-chemical reagent kits. Furthermore, the company has access to special software solutions which facilitate management and evaluation of all types and volumes of data encountered in analysis laboratories. In addition to the instrument business, Analytik Jena Group also offers total implementation of investment plans. Thus installation of complete clinics and laboratories from conception to client handover is available from a single source.
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