M&A Hungary

SWELL, SELL OR SLAUGHTER

SWELL, SELL OR SLAUGHTER "EVERYTHING FLOWS, NOTHING STANDS STILL?" - SAID PLATO IN CRATYLUS - AND HIS OBSERVATION IS SPOT ON FOR PRIVATE COMPANIES. IT IS HARD TO BUILD A CORPORATE MACHINE THAT KEEPS PRINTING MONEY LONG AFTER THE ENTREPRENEUR LEFT. MY FAVORITE EXAMPLE IS MICROSOFT, WHICH NO SOONER STARTED LOSING ITS DOMINANCE THAN BILL STEPPED THROUGH ITS GATES. GOOGLE ALSO LOST ITS LUSTER, AFTER ITS FOUNDERS, SERGEY BRIN AND LARRY PAGE HIRED ERIC SCHMIDT AS CEO. FOLLOWING FACEBOOK'S METEORIC RISE, PAGE EVENTUALLY REPLACED HIM TO TRY AND RESTORE THE SEARCH GIANT'S FORTUNES. A NOTABLE EXCEPTION MAY BE APPLE, THE STOCK PRICE OF WHICH CONTINUES TO SOAR 6 MONTHS AFTER THE DEATH OF STEVE JOBS. BUT THE JURY IS STILL OUT IF THIS IS JUST THE CASE OF THE SLOW TURNING CRUISE LINER?

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YOU SHOULD GO FOR THE SALE WHILE YOU ARE MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY FIT

Indukciós és Védőgázas Hőkezelő Kft., a company that provides services for Hungary's engineering industry, was acquired by a consortium of Hungarian strategic and financial investors this February. Sophisticated heat treatment is mainly used on parts for railway brake systems, automotive and agricultural equipment. ISVH Kft., formed in 1989 as the successor to the heat treatment division of Szerszámgépipari Művek, is specialized in the induction hardening and protective gas heat treatment of steel parts, and controls over 50% of the contract heat treatment market in Hungary. Founding owner János Szathmáry was a "forced entrepreneur" when he started building his own business, and it took the heat treatment professional 6-7 years to feel that his company, ISVH could hold its own in the market, and even outperform its competitors. We talked to the former owner about the company?s evolution process and the road that led to its sale.read more »

YOU SHOULD GO FOR THE SALE WHILE YOU ARE MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY FIT