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Scandlines NEW

Transformed from a state-owned business to a ‘best-in-class’ ferry operator connecting Scandinavia with continental Europe

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Investment date

2007 - 2018

Good to great


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Cargo volumes increased approximately 45% over the investment period


equity value at exit
3I Revenue Regeration

Increased EBITDA by more than 60%

Transformed border shops with EBITDA margin contribution almost doubling to c.15%


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Built one of the largest customer loyalty programmes in Denmark with >500k members

Key events under our ownership

Introduced Steve Ridgway as Chairman via our Business Leaders Network, bringing expertise in product innovation, customer service and sustainability
Disposed of non-core routes to focus on the high-frequency Denmark-Germany route delivering both cost savings and a revenue uplift
Built two new vessels for Rostock-Gedser route, providing increased capacity, higher frequency of crossings and a better customer experience
Invested c.€365 million in green technology, new ferries and an upgrade of the port facilities establishing true sustainability and reliability
Led and supported several successful financings; tripled our original investment with the buyout of co-shareholders and achieved €1bn infrastructure refinancing based on an investment grade rating by Fitch