M&A Advisor Global Healthcare Turnaround Company of the Year


  • Implementation of Turnaround Plan resulted in significant increase in revenue, a reduction in R&D costs by 50% and a significant increase of shareholder value 


Hamburg, Germany - 23 March 2010: Evotec AG (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: EVT, TecDAX) has been named the M&A Advisor Healthcare Turnaround Company of the Year for the development and implementation of the 'Evotec 2012 - Action Plan to Focus and Grow'.

Elements of this Plan include:
  • A reduction of R&D expenses by ca. 50% and SG&A expenses by ca. 15% compared to the same period of the prior year, leading to a significant improvement of the operating result
  • Eight signed or renewed collaborations or research agreements since the announcement of the restructuring
  • Two completed acquisitions to further enhance company research capabilities
  • Despite significant restructuring, an increase in Evotec headcount by approximately 300 people to 500, and
  • An increase in shareholder value represented by a company market capitalisation from € 60 million in March 2009 to ca. €240 million in December 2009.

As a major shareholder, TVM Capital nominated Evotec and Dr Lanthaler for the award and is pleased with the positive outcome given the strong nominee finalists group.

"Werner refocused Evotec to be a revenue generating business, reduced the cash burn significantly and substantially improved the company's market capitalisation," said Helmut M. Schühsler, Managing Partner of TVM Capital. "We have had the opportunity to work with him before when Werner served as CFO of TVM Capital Portfolio Company Intercell where he also played a major role in making the company a significant success for its venture investors."

This year, the finalist nominee pool for all M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards was nearly 100, highlighting the best of the distressed investing, restructuring and turnaround marketplace.

TVM Capital in Healthcare

TVM Capital currently manages committed capital of about 850 million Euros ($1.15bn) for investments in the life sciences and healthcare sector. The TVM Capital healthcare and life science team builds on the expertise, experience, international approach and demonstrated success in more than 110 previous life sciences investments and more than 70 exits, including almost 40 IPOs from our portfolio of companies. Twenty years of successful investing and value creation, in traditional early and late-stage venture as well as growth capital, make TVM Capital a preferred partner for rapidly growing companies in the life science and healthcare industry. For more than 20 years, our business has been to invest in the growth of exciting companies who are or aspire to be leaders in their market segment, and to be resourceful and supportive strategic partners to founders and managers alike. 

TVM Capital

TVM Capital is an international growth and venture capital firm with a focus investing in the growth of companies through innovation, international market access, capital efficiency and operational excellence. The firm has a 25-year investing track record in the European and U.S. markets derived from more than 260 investments in a broad range of companies in the life science / healthcare and information technology fields. From this portfolio, the firm exited from about 200 companies to date. The highly innovation driven investment focus of TVM Capital has led to specialized, focused industry teams and dedicated industry funds to serve the target markets best. TVM Capital is Private Equity International's "German Private Equity Firm of the Year 2008", was ranked 18th in the list of the leading 100 venture capital companies in the world by Red Herring Magazine in September 2009, and received the M&A Advisor Corporate/Strategic Acquisition of the Year Award in December 2009 for the $300 million acquisition of portfolio company Direvo Biotech AG by Bayer HealthCare AG in September 2008. 


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