- 1,5 Mio. EUR frisches Kapital
- ARMATO-Gruppe neuer Lead-Investor mit ca. 47%
- IBG Risikokapitalfonds III GmbH & Co. KG beteiligt sich mit knapp 7,9 %
bubbles and beyond (B&B) brand intelligent fluids® is on the ideal path to setting a new market standard for smart physical cleaning in many industrial segments. A considerable capital increase has just been carried out in order to continue expanding its leading position globally.
With the ARMATO Group’s acquisition of existing shareholder shares as well as new shares, B&B is gaining a new anchor / lead investor focused on the long term that will now hold roughly 47% of the company's shares.
ARMATO is a private equity company through which well-known, successful entrepreneurs in the sectors of industrial automation, microelectronics and private equity invest in the unique and highly innovative technology of intelligent fluids®.
IBG Beteiligungsgesellschaft Sachsen-Anhalt GmbH (IBG) has also acquired a stake in the venture through Risikokapitalfonds III. IBG, which is managed by bmp Beteiligungsmanagement AG, already had a stake in B&B through a silent partnership and now also openly holds nearly 7.9% of its shares.
All in all, B&B is gaining EUR 1.5 million of fresh capital as part of this financing round. The shareholder structure has also been considerably streamlined through the redemption of shares by three institutional first-round investors (S-BET Leipzig, LBBW Venture Capital and KfW) as well as three private investors through the ARMATO Group. The investors that left had significantly contributed to the success of bubbles and beyond in Leipzig (Saxony) and Leuna (Saxony-Anhalt) through their involvement at the start.
“With the fresh capital and the new shareholder structure, we have laid a solid foundation for continuing our consistent expansion of the business”, says Christian Römlein, CEO of B&B. “Our plan now is to invest extensively in international sales (Asia, US, Europe), marketing and application engineering. At the same time, we will increase production and quality assurance at our site in Leuna and expand our current focus on the microelectronics segment by adding successful collaborations in the printing industry and industrial cleaning. I am convinced that in doing so, we will benefit considerably from the enormous network of our new shareholders”.
About bubbles and beyond
Bubbles and beyond is a young, highly innovative technology company that has specialised in developing customised intelligent liquids in the areas of microelectronics, the printing industry, and special industrial cleaning. With intelligent fluids®, bubbles & beyond has a patented technology platform for manufacturing one-of-a-kind cleaning fluids. Smart physical cleaning is characterized by its impressive performance, variability, and mildness for humans, the environment and machinery/subsoils.
About the IBG funds
The IBG funds are based in Magdeburg and are the venture capital funds of the federal state of Sachsen-Anhalt. The IBG funds provide equity capital financing for young innovative technology companies with long-term and above-average growth potential that are headquartered in or have a branch office in Sachsen-Anhalt. The IBG funds have already invested in over 100 companies since 1996. Currently approximately 50 companies are part of the portfolio. The IBG funds are managed by bmp Beteiligungsmanagement AG, Berlin and Magdeburg. (www.ibg-vc.de)
With background of experience of more than 250 investments in almost all technology segments, the majority of which were early phase, bmp is one of the most experienced venture capital investors in Germany. In addition to direct investments, bmp´s activities also include managing risk capital funds for KfW Bankengruppe and DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft. bmp currently manages the IBG funds in Sachsen-Anhalt and the Frühphasenfonds Brandenburg fund.
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