- A private equity fund advised by the German investment company CMP Capital Management-Partners will continue Bavaria Yachtbau.
- All 800 employees working in Giebelstadt, Germany and Rochefort, France will transfer to the purchaser.
A private equity fund advised by the Berlin-based investment company CMP Capital Management-Partners will acquire the entire business of Bavaria Yachtbau and continue its operations. It will also acquire all shares in French subsidiary Bavaria Catamarans S.A.S. All 550 employees of Bavaria Yachtbau in Giebelstadt and all 250 employees of Bavaria Catamarans in Rochefort will transfer to the purchaser.
A corresponding purchase contract between the management of Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH and CMP was concluded and notarized today. The creditors’ committee gave its approval, as did the administrator of Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH, Dr. Hubert Ampferl. The purchase will be completed after merger control clearance by the German Federal Cartel Office, which is expected in a couple of weeks. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.
CMP Capital Management-Partners is a German investment company that has specialized in the acquisition of companies in distress in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland since its foundation in 2000. CMP’s private equity funds are advised by Berlin-based CMP Capital Management-Partners. With the investment in a company, CMP employees assume operative management responsibilities on site. In the case of Bavaria, Dr. Ralph Kudla, restructuring expert, and partner at CMP, will join the executive board.
Kai Brandes, Managing Director of CMP Capital Management-Partners explains: “We are convinced of Bavaria’s global market potential and will sustainably develop the company. The restructuring measures will focus on regaining market share and improving production costs.”
Restructuring expert Dr. Tobias Brinkmann, Managing Director of Bavaria Yachtbau since insolvency proceedings began in April 2018 states: “Bavaria is an outstanding company with a strong brand, compelling products, and a highly dedicated team. We are pleased to have found a well-known and experienced buyer in CMP who will lead Bavaria into the future. The entire management would like to thank our employees, yacht dealers, customers, and suppliers. They have all supported Bavaria Yachtbau during the insolvency proceedings. The fact that Bavaria has been able to successfully build and deliver 220 yachts during the last five months shows how committed and reliable our staff is.”
Bavaria was heading the right way, introducing robotics in their manufacturing, improving hull build quality with vacuum infusion, but doesn’t matter what you do to reduce costs and improve quality if yacht buyers don’t want your product. Bavaria’s designs were outdated with bulky lines, cluttered decks. Once they finesse their designs they should be back on track. Their latest C-line is a step in the right direction.