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Investor acquires Permobil

The Swedish Investment company Investor has acquired the medtech company Permobil, a global leader in advanced powered wheelchairs.

The Timrå-based company was acquired from Nordic Capital Fund V for an enterprise value of SEK 5.1 billion.

In 2012 sales and EBITDA (pro forma for acquired units) amounted to approximately SEK 1.6 billion and SEK 350 million, respectively. Over the past decade annual sales growth has averaged 8%. Investor expects to inject approximately SEK 3.5 billion in equity financing. The remainder will be financed by external debt and equity participation by the board, management and other key individuals.Subject to the accumulated level of EBITDA during 2013-2015, an earn-out payment of a maximum SEK 400 million can be made to Nordic Capital in 2016. For any earn-out to be paid, average annual EBITDA during 2013-2015 needs to exceed the current level by at least 25 %. After the closing of the transaction, Permobil will be a subsidiary within Investor’s Core Investments.


The acquisition is subject to approval from the relevant competition authorities. Closing is expected during the second quarter of 2013.

Read more about the deal in our upcoming issue of Nordic Life Science Review.