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goetzpartners advised Gantner management and Ardian with a commercial vendor due diligence

20. octobre 2020

goetzpartners' Private Equity Consulting team supported Gantner management and Ardian with a Commercial Vendor Due Diligence on the sale of GANTNER Electronic Austria Holding GmbH ("Gantner"), specialized in electronic access, ticketing and billing systems as well as smart locks for lockers.

The Commercial Vendor Due Diligence included a comprehensive discussion of Gantner's RFID-/NFC-enabled solution portfolio. The company's business model was assessed, including a detailed analysis of its routes-to-market and customer base. An extensive survey of customers and sales partners was conducted to evaluate Gantner's competitive positioning and to identify key market trends. Based on a detailed market model, the company’s addressed market size was derived and core drivers were analyzed to evaluate the future market potential. Conclusively, the results were used to validate the management's business plan and evaluate further growth opportunities.



Founded in Schruns, Austria in 1982, the company is widely considered to be a pioneer in contactless electronic access management and time recording systems in its core segments. Gantner offers its customers solutions based on RFID and NFC technology for use in gyms, public pools and spas, theme parks, universities and libraries, and in commercial properties and public buildings. The solutions include access systems, electronic locking and locker systems, cashless payment, cash register and billing systems, staff time recording systems as well as ticketing and management software for leisure facilities. Gantner operates in around 70 countries worldwide and has subsidiaries in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK, Dubai, India, Australia, and the USA. The company has a worldwide workforce of 450. Elmar Hartmann has been managing director since 2003.


Ardian is a world-leading private investment house with assets of US$100bn managed or advised in Europe, the Americas and Asia. The company is majority-owned by its employees. It keeps entrepreneurship at its heart and focuses on delivering excellent investment performance to its global investor base. Through its commitment to shared outcomes for all stakeholders, Ardian's activities fuel individual, corporate and economic growth around the world. Holding close its core values of excellence, loyalty and entrepreneurship, Ardian maintains a truly global network, with more than 700 employees working from fifteen offices across Europe (Frankfurt, Jersey, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Paris and Zurich), the Americas (New York, San Francisco and Santiago) and Asia (Beijing, Singapore, Tokyo and Seoul). It manages funds on behalf of around 1,000 clients through five pillars of investment expertise: Fund of Funds, Direct Funds, Infrastructure, Real Estate and Private Debt.


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