Riverside Latest Exit Not in Vein

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Firm Agrees To Exit Hematology Expert Diatron Group

"We’re proud of the work we’ve done to help Diatron thrive during our ownership,” said Riverside Partner, Michael Weber.

The Riverside Company has signed an agreement to sell Diatron Group (Diatron) to STRATEC Biomedical AG of Germany. Budapest-based Diatron develops, manufactures, and markets compact hematology analyzers for the human medical and veterinary markets. The transaction is expected to close near the end of this month.

Riverside invested in Diatron in late 2005, and worked extensively to grow the company organically, through new product development, and via international expansion. Riverside also completed the add-on of MetroLab in 2008, delivering new products, capabilities and customers.

“We’re proud of the work we’ve done to help Diatron thrive during our ownership,” said Riverside Partner, Michael Weber. “Riverside supported Diatron to become a true global leader by adding clinical chemistry and reagents to its product offering, opening a U.S. subsidiary and receiving key FDA approval for several product groups, and earning a strong customer base.”

Today Diatron serves customers in more than 100 countries via blue chip OEM partners such as Abaxis, Samsung and Siemens as well as longstanding branded distributor relationships.

“Diatron was a good, specialized company that we helped to become bigger, more global and more capable,” said Riverside Senior Operating Partner Fabio Pesiri. “During our hold, Diatron centralized production into a cutting edge facility that incorporated lean processes and the latest technology. These, and other operational efforts, helped Diatron more than triple its turnover since Riverside’s acquisition.”

Working with Weber and Pesiri on the transaction for Riverside were Vice President Matthias Fink, Senior Associate Simon Joha and Senior Legal Counsel, M&A and Tax Peter Parmentier. Balázs Tahy, strategic advisor, played a key role in the exit process.

Lincoln International AG (M&A), Allen & Overy (Legal) and E&Y (Financial) advised Riverside on the transaction.

The Riverside Company
The Riverside Company is a global private equity firm focused on making control and non-control investments in growing businesses valued at up to $400 million. Since its founding in 1988, Riverside has invested in more than 420 transactions. The firm’s international portfolio includes more than 80 companies. (http://www.riversidecompany.com or http://www.riversideeurope.com)

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