G+D takes top stake in Netcetera, brings in new CEO
Already a major shareholder in Netcetera, Gieseke+Devrient has taken the majority stake and ushered the acquired firm’s CEO to the door. The goal is to increase Netcetera’s global business.
The deal’s value has not been divulged. G+D embeds biometric capabilities into many of its products.
Digital security company G+D had held a 30 percent share of digital-payments software maker Netcetera and is expected to close a deal in February through which it will own a 60 percent position. G+D first invested in the company in 2020.
Munich-based G+D primarily sells payment, connectivity, ID and digital infrastructure goods and services. According to G+D, its 2021 sales reached €2.4 billion (approximately US$2.55 billion).
The 170-year-old company is comprised of 89 subsidiaries and joint ventures globally, one of which is digital ID vendor Veridos.
It raised €130 million ($135.3 million at the time) through a long-term debt instrument in November. G+D agreed to a promissory note loan, a financial tool that specifies when borrowed money is repaid. An earlier debt offering reportedly was oversubscribed, revamped and refloated.
Zurich-based Netcetera acts as an IT consultant as well as software writer. Its clients are in fintech, health care, insurance, transportation and media.
G+D has said it plans to let Netcetera operate independently, but Andrej Vckovski, CEO and co-founder, is being replaced. Vckovski plans to remain vice chairman of Netcetera’s board.
Carsten Wengel will be CEO February 1. Wengel leads global sales and distribution for digital and card-based payments. Nanette Haubensak was named the new CFO in September.