Ratos AB
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 (acronym for Ragnar and Torsten Söderberg) is a Swedish
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 private equity
Private equity
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 company founded in 1933 and still controlled by the Söderberg family. Ratos is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange
Stockholm Stock Exchange
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The Söderberg brothers established Ratos in the 1933 as a holding company
Holding company
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 for the families growing enterprises. At the time the family was owners of Söderberg & Haak. Ratos developed with extensive ownership in companies such as Stora Kopparberg, Gränges
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 and Esselte
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 in addition to a wholly owned steel
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 division. It was listed on the stock exchange in 1954.

In 1979 the steel division, that at the time was called Tibnor, was sold to the state owned SSAB
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 as part of the reorganisation of the crisis hit steel industry. After that the company expanded into new areas, including a larger number of transport companies
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, the hotel chain Scandic Hotels
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 and the plumbing chain Dahl International. During this period Sven Söderberg (1928-2004) was CEO.

The financial crisis hit Ratos with reduced profits in 1992 and Urban Jansson was appointed new CEO and the subsidiaries were either floated on the stock exchange or sold. After Arne Karlsson took over as CEO, Ratos was transformed to a private equity company.


  • AH Industries - metal components and services to the wind power, offshore and marine industries. (stake 66%)
  • Camfil
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     - clean air technology and air filters. (stake 30%)
  • Contex Group - developer and manufacturer of innovative 2D and 3D digital imaging solutions. (stake 98%)
  • DIAB
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     - manufactures and develops core materials for composite structures. (stake 94%)
  • EuroMaint - maintenance companies and offers advanced maintenance services to the rail transport sector and industry. (stake 100%)
  • GS-Hydro - supplier of non-welded piping systems. (stake 100%)
  • HL Display - supplier of products and systems for merchandising and in-store communication. (stake 29%)
  • Inwido - manufactures and sells a full range of windows and doors to consumers, construction companies and modular home manufacturers. (stake 96%)
  • Jøtul - manufacturer of stoves and fireplaces. (stake 63%)
  • Lindab - development, production, marketing and distribution of systems and products in sheet metal and steel for the construction industry. (stake 22%)
  • MCC - offers complete climate comfort systems. (stake 100%)
  • Medisize - manufacturer specialised in medical devices for delivery and administration of drugs and pharmaceutical packaging. (stake 93%)
  • Superfos - develops, produces and sells injection moulded packaging for the food, paint and chemical industries. (stake 33%)


  • Anticimex
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     - services for healthy and safe indoor environments. (stake 85%)
  • Bisnode - provider of digital business information. (stake 70%)

Consumer goods

  • Arcus Gruppen
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     - wine and spirits producer. (stake 83%)
  • Hafa Bathroom Group - bathroom furnishing. (stake 100%)
  • Scandinavian Business Seating - produces ergonomic seating solutions. (stake 85%)

Other holdings

  • BTJ Group - supplier of media products and information services to libraries, universities, companies and organisations. (stake 66%)
  • IK Investment Partners
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    - Ratos has invested in four funds: 1989 (closed), 1994 (closed), 1997 and 2000.
  • Overseas Telecom - telecom operations in developing countries. (stake 9%, voting rights 19%)
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