Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG) acquires via a management holding company in two parallel transactions the Germany based Abbelen GmbH and the UK based Oscar Mayer Ltd., two companies with combined revenues of c. 430 million euros active in the field of convenience food production. Network Corporate Finace has initialised both transactions and exclusively advised DBAG on the acquisition as well as debt advisory.


Abbelen and Oscar Mayer were both family owned and managed businesses, where the individual MBO was the ideal solution for the planed succession. Although both companies will continue to be run separately, they are going to operate under one umbrella of a joint management holding company. The objective is to further build the companies’ product range and internationalise the group’s distribution activities more strongly. DBAG Fund VII will hold about 90 percent of the interests in the management holding company. The managers of the holding and senior executives of the group companies will hold the remaining shares.


Oscar Mayer is a leading producer of chilled prepared meals in the United Kingdom. The company operates four sites in England and Wales with a staff of about 2,650. Oscar Mayer’s products are sold in the UK under private labels of leading grocery retailers and discounters. In its 2015/2016 financial year, the company generated revenues of 290 million euros.

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