KJK completes purchase of slovenia-based manufacturer elan

LUXEMBOURG (May 7, 2019) - KJK Management announced that KJK Fund III, a EUR 250 million private equity fund launched in 2018, has completed the purchase of 100 percent of the shares of Elan d.o.o., one of the world's leading sporting goods companies.

Elan, based in Begunje, Slovenia, was founded in 1945 and operates under four main divisions:

  • Winter sporting equipment, where Elan is a world-recognized innovator and leader
  • Advanced high-performance racing and leisure sailing yachts
  • Engineered solutions for large multi-purpose arenas and stadiums world-wide
  • Highly-technical advanced composite components utilized in renewable energy

Kustaa Äimä, the founder and senior partner at KJK, stated, "We are delighted to have closed the purchase of Elan after nine months of work. We believe that Elan's relentless focus on its customers makes its products highly relevant to consumers, thereby making Elan highly competitive on the world stage. Elan will play a central role in KJK's efforts to build a sporting goods business focused on enabling friends and families to lead year-round active outdoor lifestyles."

Elan's management team, led by CEO Jeffrey Tirman, will continue managing the company. In addition, Tirman will assume the role of CEO for KJK's newly created holding company, KJK Sports. Under KJK Sports, in addition to Elan, KJK will combine its other sports and outdoor-related investments, including the Estonian-based watersports company, Tahe Outdoors (www.taheoutdoors.com), and Leader 96 (www.leader96.com), the Bulgarian-based bicycle manufacturer.

Tirman said, "We are pleased to have successfully concluded the sale of Elan to KJK and look forward to the opportunity of working with the entire KJK team and the management teams of the other KJK Sports portfolio companies.  We believe that significant synergies exist across the portfolio of sport holdings which will enable KJK Sports to become a truly global, all-season active outdoors sporting goods company." 

For more information about KJK, please visit www.kjkmanagement.com or email them at kjk@kjkcapital.com. 

For more information about Elan, please visit www.elan.si.