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BaltCap Private Equity Fund II acquires 75 per cent shareholding in Ecoservice

BaltCap has acquired a controlling interest in Ecoservice UAB, a waste management company in Lithuania.

BaltCap Private Equity Fund II (BPEF II), advised by BaltCap, will control 75 per cent of shares of Ecoservice.
 
The remaining 25 per cent of shares will remain with previous owner City Service, AB. The value of transaction is EUR14.9m (100 per cent equity value).
 
“BaltCap’s strategy is to invest in attractive, leading companies with growth potential in the Baltic States. As one of the leaders in the growing recycling services market, Ecoservice meets these criteria. The company has an experienced and ambitious management, as well as clear opportunities for expansion,” says Šarūnas Alekna, BaltCap investment director.
 
The business is seeking to capitalise on the growing importance of environmental concerns, promoting the uptake of recycling. Lithuania is lagging behind Western countries on numerous parameters. Lithuanian waste generation per capita is lower than the EU average (400 kilograms and 500 kilograms respectively) – a figure that is expected to grow in tandem with country’s economic recovery. About 75 per cent of waste in Lithuania is currently put into landfill, many times higher than that seen in countries such as Sweden and Germany, where the vast majority is recycled or incinerated. Lithuania aims to reduce the amount of landfilled waste to 35 per cent of total by 2020.
 
There are more than 100 municipal waste management companies currently operating in Lithuania, which provides opportunities for market consolidation in Lithuania and in other Baltic States.
 
“Considering the European Union directives and Lithuania’s strategic plans, amounts of waste dumped in landfills will have to be decreased drastically. This will require significant investments in all segments of municipal waste management – from recycling containers and waste collection systems to sorting and recycling capacities,” says Alekna.
 
City Service is obliged to sell Ecoservice due to regulatory requirements to unbundle businesses. City Service is to withdraw from business of collecting, transporting and processing of secondary raw materials and municipal waste by 1 June 2014.
 
The investment in Ecoservice is the first from BPEF II, which was launched last year and reached a first close on EUR51m earlier this year. The fund will pursue a similar strategy to its predecessor fund, aiming to acquire controlling stakes in leading Baltic growth businesses with the ability to scale across the region and wider Europe.

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