ABITEC Corporation acquires Larodan AB
BCC Advisers was pleased to work on a recent cross-border transaction with our AICA colleague, Swedish firm Evli Corporate Finance. As an active participant in the Alliance of International Corporate Advisors (AICA), the premier international network of middle-market M&A firms, BCC can offer clients access to companies around the world. Our global colleagues are known to us personally and deliver expertise in navigating cultural, language, and legal barriers in major foreign economic hubs. In return, BCC can furnish this same support in the U.S. On the transaction outlined below, BCC was able to identify a U.S. buyer (ABITEC Corporation), which proved to be an ideal fit for Evli’s client (Larodan), and assisted in initiating early discussions between the two parties.
ABITEC Corporation, an ABF Ingredients company, has acquired Larodan AB, a manufacturer and international marketer of state-of-the-art, high-purity research-grade lipids. This strategic acquisition will expand ABITEC’s functional lipid product offerings and scientific capabilities to better serve the pharmaceutical, nutritional, and industrial market sectors.
Located at the globally recognized Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, Larodan is known for its outstanding product quality, customer-friendly approach, and extensive collaborations with academic and industrial researchers. “Larodan is a world leader in the field of analytical-grade lipids and their scientific capabilities will not only expand ABITEC’s technical expertise but will also provide us with a strategic R&D location in Europe. The Larodan team has done an exceptional job in the development, manufacturing and global commercialization of their unique and highly specialized lipid reagents and we are thrilled to have them join the ABITEC team. We share a common passion for innovation and lipids, and I look forward to us working together to grow and expand their brand in the U.S. markets and across the globe,” said Jeff Walton, CEO of ABITEC. “The acquisition will undoubtedly bring ABITEC to the forefront of the high-purity lipid market.
It will also advance ABITEC into the field of lipidomics, which has the potential to offer researchers unparalleled capabilities to identify the numerous roles of lipids across a vast spectrum of health and disease states at the chemical level. Together, the companies will create a global science-based organization that will use product innovation to propel ABITEC’s scientific and commercial interests to new heights. “We are very happy to find a new home with ABITEC, with whom we share a deep interest in lipids. Together we can immediately offer a more comprehensive service to our American customers, including larger volumes and GMP grades,” said Fredrik Lindgren, selling shareholder and continuing Managing Director of Larodan.
About Larodan AB
Larodan develops, manufactures, and markets a comprehensive range of high-purity lipids for the international market. They serve customers throughout the world, directly and in collaboration with highly competent distribution partners. Their aim is to be the optimal partner for lipid-related research, irrespective of the customer’s need or location. www.larodan.com
About ABITEC Corporation
ABITEC Corporation is part of ABF Ingredients and is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, with two manufacturing sites in the Midwest. ABITEC specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of specialty lipid ingredients for use in the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and specialty chemical markets. In addition, ABITEC offers contract and toll manufacturing services for customers looking to develop and manufacture new oleochemical molecules, blend, or toll-manufacture an established product.
ABITEC’s trademarked specialty ingredients include Capmul®, Captex®, Caprol®, Acconon®, Sterotex®, Nutri Sperse®, Hydro~Kote® and Pureco®. Through their world-class technical, scientific, regulatory, and manufacturing expertise, they deliver the highest quality lipid solutions in solubilization, emulsification and lubrication. All ABITEC ingredients are produced in the U.S.A. www.abiteccorp.com
About ABF Ingredients
ABF Ingredients is a division of Associated British Foods plc that focuses on high value ingredients for both food and non-food areas and comprises a range of ingredient companies which include AB Enzymes, Ohly, PGP International, and SPI Pharma. The group has established strong market positions in cereal specialties, enzymes, esters, extruded ingredients, specialty lipids, specialty powders, specialty flours, and yeast extracts worldwide. www.abfingredients.com
Tom Cavanagh, Vice President