Since its foundation in 1998, over one billion Euros have been raised in four different funds.
Polaris has 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 Focus – The Mid-market
Polaris has consistently focused on investing in mid-market companies, which
typically means those with a turnover between €20-150m.
Our Objective – Grow Companies with Great Potential
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?
doubling the size of our portfolio companies.
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.
What Is Private Equity?
expertise, and access to growth capital.
If you are the owner of a company, you may be looking for a partner that can continue to develop your business.
Perhaps you also want to stay invested in the company in partnership with Polaris.
Polaris Excellence Model
This model is our way of working together with our portfolio companies and is based on our experience
and expertise in developing Nordic mid-sized companies.
An important component of this model are workshops led by industry specialists,
who provide hands-on expertise to support Managements and develop concrete outcomes,
which can then be applied back at the business.
In addition to the workshops the Polaris Excellence Model includes standards,
tools and best practises as well as a developed network of consultants
and specialized experts ready to support the Management teams
on specific topics such as; Pricing, Sales Efficiency and Procurement.
POLARIS WORKSHOPS – INTRO:
Each Polaris workshop centres on one focus area within the Polaris Excellence Model, and provides an opportunity for managements, Board Members and Polaris to exchange ideas, share knowledge and draw upon the experiences of the entire Polaris portfolio – adding value to each company.
POLARIS WORKSHOPS – PRICING:
Pricing is one of the focus areas in the Polaris Excellence Model as it is an opportunity for companies to support the realization of their business plan and drive forward profitability. The workshop allows managements and Board Members to take an in depth look at how pricing can affect the value of their company and take the next steps towards implementing lessons learnt.
These talks focus on current business trends, which we believe are of interest for mid-sized companies to address.
The aim of the Polaris Talks is to tap into the know-how of our extensive network and use this to inform and inspire the Managements of our portfolio companies to apply these best practices and experiences to their own companies.
POLARIS TALKS – DIGITALIZATION
Digitalization offers many opportunities for today’s businesses but addressing this vast area for mid-market companies is a challenge. Polaris works with senior executives from among others, Volvo Cars, Falck Group and McKinsey & Co, to share experiences and best practice on current approaches to digitalization, and how this is best applied to mid-sized companies.
60 high ranked institutional investors throughout Europe. These investors include
insurance companies, financial institutions, pension funds and family offices. In
addition, we as the Polaris Team commit our own money to the funds and therefore
align our interests with our partners. Funds raised throughout Polaris’ history
are shown below:
Polaris I – Vintage 1998 – Commitment €180m
Polaris II – Vintage 2005 – Commitment €270m
Polaris III – Vintage 2009 – Commitment €365m
Polaris IV – Vintage 2015 – Commitment €448m
The split of our investors for Fund IV is shown below:
Investors by Industry
Investors by Geography
Examples of our investors
Danish Venture Capital Association (DVCA).
Except in circumstances described below we comply with their codes of conduct,
valuation and disclosure guidelines. We have implemented a Responsible Investment Policy,
which covers our own activities as well as our portfolio companies acquired after April 2016.
Polaris Management A/S is fund manager (advisor and administration company)
for Polaris and is licensed by The Danish Financial Supervisory Authority to operate as fund manager in accordance with
the Danish Alternative Investment Fund Managers Act.
Specifically we have developed a dedicated ESG toolbox that supports our companies: