PREMIUM Equity Partners acquires majority stake in LKE-Group

Strengthening the leading position in the DACH region and expansion into additional European markets

Marl and Frankfurt am Main, March 12, 2020

Funds advised by PREMIUM Equity Partners, Frankfurt am Main, together with Kempen Pri-vate Markets Fund, Amsterdam, have acquired the majority in LKE-Group (LKE), headquar-tered in Marl near Recklinghausen. LKE’s CEO, Björn Riechers, reinvests his prior sharehold-ing and also new managers were invited as shareholders.

LKE was founded in 1994 and is one of the leading German manufacturers of transport solu-tions used in intralogistics, distribution logistics, and floor-to-floor logistics. LKE is benefiting from the ongoing expansion of e-commerce trading volumes and the increasing use of lean production techniques. The long-standing and renowned customer base across various indus-tries appreciates LKE's high product quality, the development of tailor-made transport solutions, and its fast and reliable delivery capabilities.

Going forward, PREMIUM and its industry partners will support LKE in strengthening its na-tional and international market presence and further complementing the existing product and service portfolio, also through add-on acquisitions.

Björn Riechers, CEO of LKE: "The management is pleased to continue the successful journey of our company in its dynamic market environment. Together with PREMIUM Equity Partners, we strive to unlock additional market potential at home and abroad and make LKE an even more efficient and attractive partner for our customers."

Marcel van Wijk, Managing Partner of PREMIUM, adds: "LKE has a unique market position and is strongly integrated into the material flow and distribution logistics of its customers. We are looking forward to working with LKE's management to realize the growth plans for Europe and to further establish the company as the partner of choice for efficient material flow and lo-gistics system solutions."

PREMIUM Equity Partners is an investment company founded in 2011 with a focus on strong niche companies in the DACH region, with sales between EUR 10 million and EUR 50 million. PREMIUM invests capital for growth financing, succession solutions, and spin-offs. PREMIUM always combines its transaction and financing experience with the industrial know-how of its industry partners. LKE is PREMIUMs seventh investment.

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Marcel van Wijk
Managing Partner
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PREMIUM Equity Partners GmbH
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Björn Riechers
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LKE Gesellschaft für Logistik- und
Kommunikationsequipment mbH
Weserstraße 2
45768 Marl
T: +49 2365 9100- 348
F: +49 2365 9100- 64