Verdane Makes Investment in Danelec Marine to accelerate growth

Jan 19, 2020

Danelec Marine today announced an investment by Northern European growth equity investor Verdane to accelerate the Danish company’s growth in the global marine electronics and services sector.

Under the agreement, which was signed December 31, 2019, Verdane assumes a majority shareholder position in the privately held corporation. Danelec’s existing shareholders will continue to own shares in the company, and the management team, including CEO Hans Ottosen and COO Casper Jensen, will continue in their positions.

Danelec is headquartered in Denmark and has branch offices in China and Singapore, plus a worldwide network of distribution and service partners in more than 50 countries. The company has experienced intensive growth with strong commercial traction. Product lines include Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs), Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) and ship-to-shore Internet of Things (IOT) solutions.

“Danelec Marine has been a pioneer in creating an integrated product-service approach that is without precedent in the maritime industry, and the company is well positioned to capture a large share of the emerging ship-shore IoT marketplace,” said Arne Handeland, Partner and responsible for the investment at Verdane.

“Verdane has an impressive track record of supporting growth for tech companies and extensive experience in the maritime sector,” said Ottosen. “They will be excellent investment partners who will help us accelerate organic and acquisition growth opportunities in existing and new technologies,” said Ottosen.

About Danelec Marine

Headquartered in Denmark, Danelec Marine is a leading supplier of Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs), ship-to-shore data communication systems and Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS). Danelec Marine was one of the first companies to bring to market VDRs and Simplified VDRs (S-VDRs) to meet the original IMO carriage requirements. More than 6,000 vessels today are equipped with a VDR or S-VDR designed and manufactured by Danelec Marine. The company has service facilities with factory-trained personnel in more than 50 countries and Certified Service Centers at strategic locations worldwide. To learn more about the Danelec difference, visit www.danelec-marine.com.

About Verdane

Verdane is a specialist growth equity investment firm that partners with ambitious Northern European tech-enabled businesses to help them reach the next stage of international growth. Verdane pioneered portfolio acquisitions in Northern Europe in 2003, and debuted a complementary direct investment strategy in 2018. Verdane’s eight funds hold €1.8bn in total commitments and have made over 120 investments in growth sectors including advanced industry, consumer internet, enterprise software, energy & resource efficiency and financial services. Verdane’s more than 50 employees, based in Berlin, Copenhagen, Helsinki, London, Oslo and Stockholm, are dedicated to being the best growth partner in Northern Europe. www.verdane.com