who we are
Based in Copenhagen, Polaris is a leading Nordic private equity company investing in mid-sized companies.
We believe in the power of partnership to make good companies great.
We increase the value of our portfolio companies with ambition,
years of business expertise and working partnerships based on trust.
Since the foundation of Polaris in 1998, over one billion Euros have been raised in four different funds. We have extensive experience within a broad range of deal-types and industries in the Nordic mid-market, from services to production, from local to global, from physical to intangible and from offline to online. Although all based in the Nordic region, our companies often have an international reach.
Our objective is to invest in good companies with great potential and make them bigger and better in partnership with the Management and the Board. Our ambition is to double the size of our businesses by making operational, strategic and financial step-changes together with our portfolio companies.
HOW DOES POLARIS WORK?
All our experience, expertise and network have been used to create the Polaris Excellence Model. This model supports the managements of our portfolio companies in executing their business plans and realising the company’s full potential.
Driving Strategic and Operational Transformation
Skamol is a leading global developer, producer and supplier of insulation materials. In partnership with Polaris and the Board, Skamol’s Management succeeded in tripling the EBITDA and prepared the company for further international expansion. This transformation was achieved through significant investments in production, improvements in the company’s platform and processes and an acquisition in Russia.
Facilitating Positive Generational Succession
Hamlet Protein is a global, market-leading provider of high-quality, soy-based animal feed.
Following the positive generational succession and strengthening of the Management team facilitated by Polaris,
Hamlet Protein expanded extensively through the establishment of a large-scale US production facility.
Sales more than doubled during the Polaris ownership period.
Supporting Rapid Sales Expansion and Operational Improvement
Skånska Byggvaror is Sweden’s number one online DIY retailer. Cooperating with the founding family, Polaris facilitated a positive generational succession. Rapid sales expansion was achieved through acquisitions in Norway and Denmark and developing the product range. New showrooms were established and dedicated web competences added to the organization. Sales almost doubled in four years accompanied by healthy margins.