Zurich and Kiesen, 14 January 2022. The fund “Patrimonium Private Equity Fund SCSp” (“Patrimonium”), advised by Patrimonium Private Equity Advisors AG, and EGS Beteiligungen AG, a subsidiary of the Ernst Göhner Foundation, are acquiring a majority stake in the Bernese gardening company Bächler + Güttinger AG in Kiesen / BE – under the leadership of Patrimonium. The previous sole owner, Mr. Kurt Hauser, remains a strong anchor shareholder, member of the Board of Directors and CEO. The parties have agreed not to disclose the transaction price.
Bächler + Güttinger AG, the Bernese gardening and landscaping company, is a regional market leader and competent partner for all matters related to gardens, sports fields and other green spaces. The Bernese company offers high-quality services and grows steadily and profitably. The new majority shareholding under the management of Patrimonium will strengthen the company’s organizational structure and secure a sustainable national growth strategy.
Patrimonium and EGS Beteiligungen AG are long-standing Swiss real estate developers with holdings in and around the construction sector. Both companies possess comprehensive know-how and networks in the real estate and construction supply industries. Between 2010 and 2018, Patrimonium and EGS Beteiligungen developed Bauwerk Parkett AG to European market leadership in the wooden flooring market.
Kurt Hauser, shareholder, member of the Board of Directors and CEO, says: “I am pleased to announce the arrival of two experienced investors, Patrimonium and EGS Beteiligungen AG, whose competences will bring us further on both a strategic and operational level. The organisation is now better equipped to meet the demands of future growth. These are ideal prerequisites for a successful future for Bächler + Güttinger AG.”
Werner Schnorf, Managing Director Patrimonium Private Equity, says: “The horticultural market is characterized by increasing consolidation tendencies, which will further intensify in the future. We are very pleased about our joint commitment to Bächler + Güttinger AG. Together we are laying the foundation for the company’s future success story. The company is already excellently positioned. Our previous investments in the building industry also offer significant synergy potentials, much to the benefit of all parties.”
About Bächler + Güttinger AG
Bächler + Güttinger AG, based in Kiesen/BE, is one of the largest gardening and landscaping companies in Switzerland. The company focuses on consulting, planning, construction and maintenance of gardens and sports facilities for companies, private individuals and public institutions. Bächler + Güttinger has a reputation for being extremely efficient and employs around 200 people. With a total of six locations in the cantons of Berne, Fribourg and Valais, Bächler + Güttinger has a strong foothold particularly throughout the Greater Bernese Area. Bächler + Güttinger was founded over 100 years ago and is privately owned.
Patrimonium Asset Management AG (Patrimonium) is a Swiss private market investment manager that operates in the asset classes of real estate, private debt, private equity and infrastructure. The firm is characterized by a direct, responsible investment approach and acts primarily in Switzerland, Germany and its neighboring countries. Patrimonium, who mainly serves qualified investors, manages CHF 3.8 billion in assets. With offices in Lausanne, Zurich and Zug, the firm employs over 70 people. Patrimonium’s entities are regulated by the respective financial markets supervisory authorities.
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About EGS Beteiligungen AG
EGS Beteiligungen AG is an investment company of the Ernst Göhner Foundation, who implements the foundation’s entrepreneurial mission. It invests with the goal of actively developing its holdings – mainly medium and large private and listed Swiss companies – over the long term.