What we did

Capitalmind Investec actively supported KTBA as exclusive advisor along the entire sell-side process: marketing materials preparation, screening and selection of the relevant strategic and financial buyers through a competitive process, management of the due diligence and negotiation of terms and conditions of the deal plus ultimate closing of the transactions.

About the deal

KTBA, since its incorporation in 1996 due to the earliest Dutch HACCP regulations, has become market leader in quality assurance and food safety consultancy for the Dutch and Belgian food industry and retail. The group employs ca. 200 people across the Dutch and Belgian offices, mainly highly educated specialists.

Mérieux NutriSciences offers customers a complete range of analytical and consulting services to ensure the safety and quality of products that have an impact on consumers’ health. The company has a presence in 21 countries through a vast network of over 80 accredited laboratories and six centers of innovation.

Mérieux NutriSciences acquires KTBA to realize its growth ambitions: strategically complementing its services in the Netherlands. This acquisition also strengthens Mérieux NutriSciences European label compliance, regulatory and risk monitoring services aiming at supporting its clients to make their products marketable and safe.

“We are very enthusiastic to have the talented and recognized team of KTBA joining us” said Philippe Sans, President & CEO of Mérieux NutriSciences. “This acquisition is fully aligned with our strategic roadmap and illustrates Mérieux NutriSciences commitment to offer solutions beyond testing to support our customers throughout the entire value chain”.

Ron Besseling, founder of KTBA added: “We’re very excited. Joining the Mérieux network enables us to further achieve our professional and international ambitions. This move is the perfect match as both Mérieux NutriSciences and KTBA complement each other’s strategy!”

Deal Type
July 2019