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Sustainable value creation

Ahlström Capital is a family-owned investment company that focuses its investment activity on industrial companies, real estate and forest. We develop our investments sustainably on a long-term basis.

Ahlström Capital combines the best features of an industrial company, an investment company, and a family-owned company. We invest assets that the Ahlström family has accumulated for more than 170 years. We hold significant financial resources as one of the largest investment companies in Finland. Our mission is to create a better world for future generations through sustainable value creation. The values of the Ahlström family – ambition and responsibility – guide all our operations. We have a long history, and we want to continue that legacy and increase the company’s value for future generations.

Our way of working

We develop leading businesses. During Ahlström Capital’s ownership, we support our portfolio companies’ development mainly via board work and support to management. We are an active owner with a strategic, long-term mindset, and asset-specific value creation plans drive our efforts.As a responsible investor we also want to impact the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of our investments. Mergers and acquisitions as well as transformational investments to improve business profile are also an integral part of our way of working.

One of our key strengths is our AC Network, consisting of our owners as well as the boards and management of ­Ahlström Capital and its portfolio ­companies.

During the investment process, we always make a comprehensive analysis of the target company. It is crucial to understand the company’s markets, competitive strength, and leadership & organisation, as well as historic performance vs. peers, current momentum, and possible limitations to value maximisation.

Investing in industrial holdings

When we look for new industrial holdings, we aim to become the lead investor in strong Nordic industrial companies. We seek fundamentally good companies that have their focus on solutions that help drive sustainable development. Our natural right to invest is linked to industrial companies where we have most experience, this means for example fibre-based solutions and industrial technologies.

We typically invest between EUR 50–150 million in a single portfolio company. Our portfolio includes both listed and privately held companies.

Investing in real estate and forest holdings

In real estate, we focus on quality assets in growing metropolitan areas. We look for office, industrial/logistics and residential properties in the Helsinki metropolitan area, Turku, Tampere and potentially other growing cities. We aim to find high-quality tenants with whom it is possible to conclude long-term lease agreements.

We create value through active ownership and use our ability to execute real estate development and conversion projects. We target for asset size of EUR 10–75 million.

With 34,000 hectares of forest, we are one of Finland’s largest private forest owners. Our forest assets are mainly located in Western Finland in the Satakunta region, and in Central and Eastern Finland. Sustainable forestry is in the core of our forest business and all our forests are PEFC certified.

We also own and develop culturally and historically significant works in ­Noormarkku. Our real estate and forest holdings are managed by our fully-owned subsidiary A. Ahlström Real Estate Ltd.