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Kährs

Kährs was acquired by Triton Fund III in July 2011

The Kährs Group is a leading manufacturer of wood and resilient flooring for private, public and commercial use. Founded in 1857, the company has more than 150 years of experience in the flooring industry. The Group brand portfolio consists of three trusted global brands, Kährs, Karelia and Upofloor.

Kährs Group has a leading global presence with sales in more than 70 countries - with market leading position in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Russia and with strong positions in other important markets like UK, Germany and the United States.

Kährs Group is headquartered in Malmö, Sweden, has sales of €303 million and employs 1,665 people across 17 countries with main production facilities in Sweden, Romania and Russia. Triton is the majority owner of Kährs Group.

Before Triton acquired the company in 2011, Kährs was heavily impacted by the financial crisis when both sales and profit margins started to decline significantly. The company breached covenants in 2007 and was therefore forced into a debt restructuring. Consequently the senior lenders took control of the company. Triton acquired Kährs in 2011 when the company was in severe liquidity crisis and on the brink of bankruptcy. Under Triton's ownership, Kährs gained the capital support needed for the necessary restructuring of the company and recapitalisation of the balance sheet required to support healthy operations.

In December 2012, Kährs merged with Karelia, a European flooring producer with strong foothold in Finland and Russia also suffering from the financial crisis. The combination of Kährs and Karelia was a highly synergistic merger with good strategic fit yielding the necessary breadth in product range, distribution network and geographical footprint required to solidify the positioning of both companies for future expansion. The group has today one of the most efficient supply chains in its industry.

Key events since Triton's investment

  • Considerable  investments in the operations to secure a world class manufacturing footprint
  • The highly synergistic merger of Kährs and Karelia
  • During Triton's ownership, the group has built one of the most efficient supply chains in the industry
  • Expanded sales and production geographical footprint

Press releases

31 Mar 2017 Kährs Group signs an agreement with property developer Stena Fastigheter
06 Feb 2017 Kährs Group signs Nordic agreement with NCC
26 Jan 2017 Kährs strengthens its position in the Nordics

Country:
Sweden

Fund:
Triton III

Acquisition date:
July 2011

Sector:
Industrials

Sales:
€303 million (2016)

Number of employees:
1,665 (2016)

Board of directors:
Anders Wassberg (Chairman)
Sven Gunnar Schough
Carl Johan Falkenberg
Eva Lindqvist
Hannu Paitula
Bertel Langenskiöld 
Johanna Arantola-Hattab
Young Kim
Stefan Karlsson
Jakob Jakobsson

Company website:
www.kahrsgroup.com

Contact:
Carl Johan Falkenberg

Management:
Christer Persson (CEO)
Torbjörn Clementz (CFO)

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