"A combination of solid financial analytics and industrial experience makes the difference"

Dr. Dirk Notheis Founder & Managing Director

Financing Instruments

  1. Subordinated loans / Mezzanine capital:
    “Rantum Private Debt Fund I” focusses on subordinated loans and mezzanine capital. We typically invest 5-30 million EUR per transaction although we have also deployed significantly larger tickets (up to 50 million EUR and more) in the past together with our co-investment partners. In every investment Rantum Capital acts as interface to the Mittelstand company. The tenor of financing is 5-7 years; the interest rates typically range in the low-teens and are payable monthly or quarterly. PIK components can also be included in the structuring of our loans. In a blended rate perspective with lower-priced senior loans, it yields an attractive overall cost of capital for Mittelstand entrepreneurs.
  2. Equity:
    Together with our joint venture partner Cedarlake Capital we advise “Cedarlake Private Equity Fund I”, which invests common equity both in majority and qualified minority situations. The entrepreneur typically retains an equity stake and thus profits significantly from the value creation due to the stimulated growth in China and the rest of Asia. Together with committed co-investment facilities the fund regularly deploys 50-300 million EUR per transaction and focuses on enterprise values of maximum 1 billion EUR. The investment horizon is typically approx. 5 years.

"Both disruption and digitalization need to be considered in each investment decision."

Marc PahlowFounder & Managing Director

Focus Industries

We invest preferably in industries in which our 14 industrial partners have long-term senior leadership experience and possess far reaching expertise and networks. Our current focus is therefore primarily on the following sectors:
  • Machine Making, Capital Goods, Technology & Automation Dr. Michael Rogowski Dr. Hans-Peter Sollinger
  • Industrials, Automotive, Aerospace & Defense, Metal-Processing and Industry 4.0 Klaus Eberhardt
  • Chemicals Dr. Lothar Steinebach
  • Healthcare & Pharma Dr. Karl-Ludwig Kley Thomas Ebeling
  • Retail, Consumer Goods, Food & Beverage Dr. Hans-Joachim Körber
  • IT, Digital & Media Karlheinz Kögel
  • Energy, Infrastructure & Business Services Dr. Alfred Tacke
  • Financial Services Hendrik Borggreve
  • Tourism & Aviation Joachim Hunold
  • Logistik, Services & Human Resources Dr. Frank-Jürgen Weise

"Investing into the right people is the most efficient strategy to reduce risk."

Wolfgang HartmannIndustrial Partner & Chairman of the Investment Committee Debt

Investment Criteria

Our debt investments focus on entrepreneurially and family-owned Mittelstand companies with 2-100 million EUR EBITDA. A stable cash flow profile with sufficient debt service ability is an important investment criterion. We do not invest into insolvency situations, distressed companies, start-ups or greenfield developments, but rather focus on established and profitable companies with strong market positions and further growth ambitions.

Our equity investments focus on companies with a min. of  5 million EUR EBITDA and operate business models with significant further growth potential in China and the rest of Asia which we believe to be able to realize with our deep and locally grounded networks particularly in China. The equity invested ranges from 30-150 milllion EUR.

"Good strategic advice is quite often worth more than capital."

Dr. Hans-Joachim KörberIndustrial Partner for Retail, Consumer Goods, Food & Beverage

Financing Situations

With our debt capital, we invest preferably in the following situations:

  • Growth investments, for example relating to the introduction of new products or technologies
  • Add-on acquisitions, for example the acquisition of smaller competitors or foreign companies in order to gain market access
  • Strengthening of the equity ratio to prepare for future growth and/or to cope with senior lender requirements
  • Refinancing of existing senior facilities, subordinated loans or publicly traded bonds
  • Acquisition financing for buy-in management teams
  • Buyout of minority equity shareholders, for example other family members or financial investors
  • Partial cash out and realization of the company value through financing of a special dividend which is distributed to the owner

With our equity capital, we invest preferably in the following situations:

  • Acquisition of equity shares of majority or minority owners
  • Capital increases
  • Management Buy Outs and Management Buy Ins
  • Succession arrangements in family-owned businesses
  • Endogenous growth situations with large market potential in China and the rest of Asia
  • Exogenous growth situations with add-on acquisition potential in China and the rest of Asia