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Private equity in action - Case Study

PE in CEE - Magnetic MRO


Full-service aircraft MRO specialist

Transforming a corporate low-margin airframe maintenance business into an independent full-service and aftermarket specialist with global reach




GP BaltCap GROWTH 7x revenue
INVESTMENT EUR 7.1 million EMPLOYMENT 260 new jobs
SECTOR Aircraft maintenance INVESTMENT TYPE Buyout and growth
EXIT March 2018 EXIT ROUTE Trade sale

Investment rationale
In 2010 Magnetic MRO was predominantly a subcontractor to its parent company, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS). BaltCap saw an opportunity to create an independent aircraft MRO (maintenance, repair and operations) provider that would be well positioned to serve the European and CIS markets from its base in Estonia. With the industry moving from selling manhours to providing comprehensive technical care, improved margins were possible. BaltCap aimed to triple Magnetic’s capacities by developing modern hangar facilities in partnership with Tallinn Airport.

Deal history and structure
BaltCap acquired 100% of Magnetic MRO from SAS in a limited auction process. The equity ticket was EUR 5 million. A further EUR 2 million was provided in 2012–2013 for additional investments. BaltCap’s shareholding was diluted to 70% in 2014 when an incentive package was introduced for the incoming management team.


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Private Equity in CEE: Creating Value and Continued Growth

11 Feb 2021
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