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21 Mar 2022

MCF advises Berner on the acquisition of ClaraLab

Bröderna Berner AB, a subsidiary of the Finnish family-owned company Berner Ltd (“Berner”), has acquired the Swedish laboratory equipment distributor ClaraLab AB (“ClaraLab”). Through this transaction, Berner further strengthens its position as a Nordic laboratory distributor with a wide product range and professional expertise. MCF acted as adviser to Berner throughout the process and helped to facilitate the transaction.

"This is our fourth successful acquisition with MCF within a year. MCF’s systematic and persistent work from target identification and contacting to deal execution has been a key enabler for us to implement our Nordic growth strategy."

Nicolas Berner

CFO

The Deal

Berner is a Finnish family company established in 1883 with four business units and subsidiaries in Finland, Sweden, Norway and the Baltics. The current product offering of Berner Lab in Sweden includes high quality instruments primarily for the petrochemical industry. The Finnish Lab division provides a full range solution for the laboratory field.

ClaraLab’s laboratory products complement Berner’s current laboratory product range serving food and chemical industries, environmental and control laboratories, academia and research institutes.

“The acquisition of ClaraLab plays an important role in our Nordic growth strategy of our laboratory business. Together with ClaraLab’s high-quality product range and strong professional know-how, we will be able to provide an even more attractive partnership to our customers, supporting them in developing their laboratory operations further”, says Antti Korpiniemi, CEO of Berner.

Berner and ClaraLab also share a strong desire for high-quality customer and supplier cooperation and employee well-being.

The Target

ClaraLab is a laboratory equipment distributor with operations in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The company focuses on specific application areas, such as R&D, production, routine analysis and quality control. ClaraLab provides products for analytical chemistry, automation, biology, life science as well as basic equipment and consumables. The company employs 25 people.

About Berner

Berner is a Finnish family company established in 1883 with operations in Finland, Sweden, Norway and the Baltics. Berner’s diverse product portfolio is managed through four business units: Consumer Goods, Agricultural Trade, Berner Industries and MedLab. Company’s main customers are the private sector, the public sector and consumers. In 2021, Berner Group’s turnover was EUR 417 million, and it employed 785 people.

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Mika Galkin

Helsinki