MBI Investor acquires GHA Glashandel Alpnach AG
An MBI investor has acquired 100% of the share capital of the Swiss company GHA Glashandel Alpnach AG („GHA“). GHA is a long-established wholesaler of machine-made glassware.
With the sale of GHA to a management buy-in (MBI) investor, Mr. and Mrs. Scheidegger carry out a well- and long-prepared succession solution. The MBI investor has taken over 100% of the share capital of GHA and started managing the company as the new CEO in September 2023.
As an importer and wholesaler of machine-made glassware, GHA supplies major Swiss B2B customers in the distribution formats cash & carry, specialized gastronomy trading and retail. The company will continue to adhere to this successful business model in the future. All employees and proven business processes at the Alpnach site will remain unchanged to continue to offer their customers a fast and high-quality service from a single source.
“I am very pleased that we have found a succession solution that perfectly fits our company and its DNA as an owner-managed company,” says Dr. Max J. Scheidegger, former Managing Director and owner of GHA. Dr. Max Scheidegger and Heidi Scheidegger-Waser will continue to support the acquirer and new CEO in the operational handover for over a year until the end of 2024.
In a separate transaction, the investment foundation DAI acquires the real estate property of GHA. Quantus AG, a highly regulated investment manager in the real estate industry, assisted the acquirer in this transaction. As a professional real estate investor, the DAI Investment Foundation is taking over the building and thus guarantees GHA a long-term tenancy at the Alpnach site.
About GHA Glashandel Alpnach AG
Founded in 1978, GHA Glashandel Alpnach AG has cemented itself in a unique position within the Swiss market and has built up a successful business model as a market-leading and service-oriented importer and wholesaler for machine-produced glass articles for the gastronomy trade and household.
GHA serves its customers from a central warehouse with efficient connections to all destinations in Switzerland within 24 hours. The strength lies in the well-selected product range coming from European glass manufacturers and in the ability to efficiently supply also smaller quantities for the Swiss market.
About Quantus AG
Quantus is a highly regulated investment manager that invests in real estate and real estate developments through institutional, professional and private investment vehicles. Quantus focuses on offering tenants and buyers space tailored to their needs and on generating risk adjusted returns for investors. Quantus was established in 1980 and has been licensed as an account-holding securities firm by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA since 2001.
In 2015, Quantus established the DAI Investment Foundation (DAI). DAI is subject to the OAK BV and is a member of the Konferenz der Geschäftsführer von Anlagestiftungen (KGAST).
Role of Ramus & Company
Ramus & Company managed the sale process of both the company and the property as exclusive advisor on behalf of the seller. In this role, Ramus prepared the sales documentation, identified prospective buyers, assisted in the due diligence process, led the contract negotiations and successfully closed both transactions.