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 five 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 realizing the company’s full potential.
Global expansion driven by considerable R&D investments
HTC Sweden has experienced a rapid growth and global expansion as a result of significant investments in the company itself as a growth platform as well as sales excellence initiatives. An important part of the business plan has been the development and commercialization of the revolutionizing product platform DURATIQ™ launched in September 2016. This project was the largest ever R&D project in the company’s history and a game-changer in the industry.
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.
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.