An affiliate of private equity firm HIG Capital (HIG) has sold Kondor Limited, a specialist provider of category management solutions for audio and mobile accessory products into the retail and mobile network channels in the UK and Europe, to DCC Technology.
Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.
Headquartered in Dorset, England, Kondor distributes audio and mobile accessory products to a broad range of e-tail, retail and mobile operator customers. HIG invested in Kondor in 2014, and has since overseen a full reorganisation of the business. HIG worked in partnership with Kondor to professionalise back office systems, develop Kondor’s access to market data, optimise the company’s product range, improve stock management and fulfilment, and grow the headcount of the business from 188 to around 250 employees. A new CEO, Beatrice Lafon, was appointed in 2017.
Carl Harring, Managing Director at HIG Capital, says: “The consumer electronics accessories market has grown over recent years and is set for further expansion. We have enjoyed working with the Kondor team and, following intensive efforts to re-focus the business on its core product offering, it is now best positioned for future growth, both domestically and internationally.”
Beatrice Lafon, Chief Executive Office at Kondor, says: “I would like to thank HIG for their support in the expansion of Kondor. Their assistance in improving internal operations and refining our customer base leaves us in a market-leading position, with the potential for significant organic and inorganic growth. With the financial backing of DCC, and the combined benefits of working with the European retail divisions at Exertis, we will be in a strong position to continue to grow and develop the range of bespoke services we offer to our partners.”
Donal Murphy, Chief Executive of DCC plc, says: “The acquisition of Kondor is in line with DCC Technology’s strategy to expand its service offering to both our suppliers and customers. Increasingly DCC Technology’s partners are seeking full category management solutions, as well as data driven insights into product performance, and the acquisition of Kondor will further enhance our service offering.”