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Jenoptik Accelerates Growth With Trioptics Acquisition

JENOPTIK AG has acquired 100 percent of the shares in TRIOPTICS GmbH. Both parties to the contract have agreed not to disclose details of the purchase price. The transaction will be made in two steps. First, Jenoptik will take over 75 percent of the shares, with the remaining shares being acquired after fulfilling defined success criteria by the end of 2021.

The company will strengthen the technologically leading position of Jenoptik’s Light & Optics division.

TRIOPTICS is a leading international supplier of test equipment and manufacturing systems for optical components and sensors in the digital world. The company, based in Wedel near Hamburg, Germany has over 400 employees worldwide – of which around 100 are in research and development. In 2019 TRIOPTICS generated revenue of around 80 million euros, with an operating margin before depreciation of around 27 percent.

Over the last four years, the company achieved on average annual growth (CAGR) of 17 percent. Since its founding in 1991, TRIOPTICS has developed proprietary technology for global customers in attractive growth markets. TRIOPTICS has a very strong presence in European and Asian markets with its own subsidiaries. The company generates more than half of its revenue in Asia. CEO, Eugen Dumitrescu, and CTO, Stefan Krey, will continue to work in their positions for TRIOPTICS under the Jenoptik umbrella.

Expanding Leading Technological Position In Growth Markets

The acquisition of TRIOPTICS strengthens the Jenoptik Group’s clear focus on high-growth industries of the future and opens up an even greater range of applications, which will help the company to drive profitable growth and strengthen its positioning as a focused photonics player. TRIOPTICS is a leading supplier of equipment used to test optical components and sensors, and has good market access to many smartphone and camera manufacturers and their suppliers, among others. With these, the company is generating a major part of its revenue. Its integration will enable Jenoptik to better scale its existing test equipment business in the Light & Optics division. The acquisition also bolsters Jenoptik’s development into a market leader for innovative test solutions for optical sensors in attractive growth markets, where annual growth rates of between 6 and 15 percent are expected over the next years.

The two companies’ combined expertise in optics and industrial imaging will enable them to further expand their technological leadership and gain market share, for example in the growing markets for new virtual and augmented reality applications in both the industrial and consumer segments. In the automotive industry, the expanded portfolio for manufacturing precision optical components and systems offers considerable potential, particularly in view of the growing importance of driver assistance systems and new mobility concepts in the field of autonomous driving, for which improved image and data acquisition is essential.

Expanding Global Presence

With the strong presence and established access to key TRIOPTICS customers in Asia, Jenoptik can expand its existing market shares in strategic markets such as China, Japan, and Korea. In addition, the Group is strengthening its position in California and Florida, and will be able to offer a greater range of products and services to major American customers in the digital and communication area. The acquisition will create significant economies of scale in the core markets, thus strengthening Jenoptik’s business model.

Stefan Traeger, Jenoptik President & CEO: “The acquisition of TRIOPTICS is a major step in Jenoptik’s strategic development and in the process of focusing on optics and photonics. We are accelerating our profitable growth, thus placing our business on a broader and more international footing. This transaction will allow us to offer our customers a more comprehensive range of products and services for applications in the digital world. This will enable us to tap additional potential for growth in the areas of mobile data acquisition and transmission, as well as in innovative human-machine interfaces in the automotive and industrial markets, among others. The transaction also makes us less dependent on individual business cycles and customers.”

Eugen Dumitrescu, founder and CEO of TRIOPTICS: “Together with Jenoptik, we can benefit even more from the growth potentials, which are emerging currently with the next wave of digitization and the rapidly increasing demand for connectivity, virtual reality, and digital imaging.”

The acquisition was approved by the JENOPTIK AG Supervisory Board and is subject to approval by the German Bundeskartellamt. Closing is expected in the 3rd quarter 2020.

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