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Silver Investment Partners Invests in Market Expansion of PTF
Frankfurt am Main/ Stollberg  March 17, 2011

Independent entrepreneurial investor supports future domestic and pan-European expansion of leading manufacturer of high-tech precision parts and assemblies as well as the development of a new innovative ultrasonic cleaning machine for precision parts.

PTF Pfüller GmbH & Co. KG (PTF) is a leading privately owned company with manufacturing facilities in Stollberg (Saxony) and Suzhou (China), producing highly complex mechanical high-tech precision parts and assemblies. The Company has been acquired by Silver Investment Partners, an independent entrepreneurial investment company focusing on the acquisition of small and medium-sized businesses in German-speaking Europe. Management have also acquired shares in the business. The terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

PTF’s founder, Steffen Pfüller will retain a minority shareholding following the sale and will support the ongoing growth of the business in his future capacity as a member of PTF’s advisory board. Silver Investment Partners GmbH & Co. KG (SIP) is located in Frankfurt am Main and was formed in 2009 in order to invest in German Mittelstand companies, in particular in businesses exhibiting a leading market position and above average growth characteristics.

PTF — Growth in the Core Business and via an Innovative Cleaning Machine

PTF’s core business has 110 employees in Germany and 27 in China and processes various materials (aluminium alloy, stainless steel, titanium and specialty materials) into precision components and assemblies with highly complex geometries and contours as well as microscopic burr-free parts with precise surfaces for high-tech industries such as the medical technology, aerospace, optical, laser and semi-conductor industries. PTF also has its own construction department and a ultra-modern quality management centre as well as its own clean room for assemblies. In addition, PTF has developed a fully automatic ultra-sound cleaning machine for companies active in high-tech industries, which require clean and completely dust-free precision components. This innovative product will be run in future as a separate business unit and will be introduced into the market in Autumn 2011.

The new investors and management anticipate significant market growth over the coming years, both domestically as well as in markets such as Scandinavia and Switzerland. In order to meet this additional demand, it is anticipated that production capacity in Germany will be increased in the next 6 to 12 months.

PTF was sold in a structured auction process managed by Lampe Corporate Finance GmbH and represents the second investment for Silver Investment Partners who prevailed against considerable competition from other interested parties. Buy-side advisors were SJ Berwn (legal and tax) and Ernst & Young (financial).

SIP: Investments in Mittelstand Companies on a Deal-By-Deal Basis

Silver Investment Partners’ objective is to support the growth of its portfolio companies as a long-term and entrepreneurially minded investor and act as an competent sparring partner to management and the Company for the duration of its investment. Each company is financed on a deal-by-deal basis so that portfolio companies have access to capital for growth over the entire investment period rather than capital availability being restricted by a classic short fixed-term fund period. The focus is to acquire companies with sales between €5 to €100 million, with a sweet spot of €5 to €50 million.

Silver Investment Partners’ founding partners invest significant capital personally in each investment and structure the equity for each transaction on a deal-by-deal basis from a selected pool of high net worth individuals and family offices as well as via a friends-and-family program. As a result, Silver Investment Partners provides its portfolio companies with access to a network of active business owners and industry experts, who through their shareholding in each company provide additional impetus to the business development.

About PTF

PTF is a market leader in the production of highly complex mechanical high-tech precision parts and assemblies. The Company is headquartered in Stollberg (Saxony), generating sales of approximately €10 million. 110 employees in Germany and 27 in China produce a plethora of precision parts and assemblies from numerous materials (aluminium alloy, stainless steel, titanium and specialty materials). PTF’s products are made for applications in the semi-conductor, food and medical technology industries (for instance in implants) as well as in the laser and aerospace industries.

About Silver Investment Partners

Silver Investment Partners experienced team of partners is based in Frankfurt am Main and adopts an entrepreneurial approach as an independent investor in small and medium-sized companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Targets companies, with sales from €5 to €100 million and a sweet spot of €5 to €50 million, are typically family-owned businesses facing a management succession issue as well as corporate spin-offs, insolvencies and businesses requiring growth capital. Sectors of interest include business services, industrial / manufacturing businesses, healthcare / medical businesses and alternative energy. Further details are available under http://www.silver-ip.com/

Press Contact

PTF Pfüller GmbH & Co.KG
Oliver F. Zintl
Auer Straße 7
09366 Stollberg
Telephone: +49 37296 92723-98
E-Mail: o.zintl@precision-ptf.com

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