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The Augsburg arms provider Renk needs to go public on the second try. Even if enterprise within the business is booming, discovering buyers remains to be not simple for corporations.

Antje Erhard

With Russia's assault on Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the safety query in Europe instantly emerged. The assault revealed the vulnerability of the continent – together with Germany. That's why pressing funding must be made now, consultants demand.

“Germany's ambitions to provide the most powerful army in Europe are disproportionate to the resources provided,” complains Christian Mölling, deputy director of the DGAP analysis institute and head of the Center for Security and Defense, in an interview with A particular fund of 100 billion euros will not be sufficient as an funding. “The turning point is only half successful.”

Big hole amongst NATO nations

According to the Ifo Institute, the hole to the 2 p.c of financial output that every NATO member ought to make investments yearly in protection is a median of 25 billion euros for the years 2026 to 2029. In Germany, inflation and curiosity funds price billions are consuming up components of the loan-financed Bundeswehr particular fund.

There are new challenges, says researcher Mölling. One shouldn’t rely solely on the NATO companions: Germany and Europe should maintain their very own protection – no matter who will rule within the White House sooner or later. “We can already see that the majorities in the US Congress are preventing defense spending.” The United States additionally anticipated companions robust sufficient to offer help themselves.

Trillions for armaments

In 2022, nations world wide invested a file quantity within the army: a complete of $2.2 trillion. Europe is the area during which the SIPRI Institute for Research on Violent Conflicts, Security and Peace recorded the biggest enhance in comparison with the identical interval final yr: 13 p.c. The USA has the very best protection spending, adopted by China and Russia. Germany ranks seventh.

However, the SIPRI information additionally confirmed that the demand for weapons is excessive as a result of geopolitical scenario; that the 100 largest weapons producers on this planet offered 3.5 p.c much less in 2022 – primarily because of provide chain issues and an absence of workers, which significantly affected smaller corporations.

German armaments in demand

Meanwhile, gross sales on the massive German corporations Airbus and Rheinmetall have elevated. German protection corporations are thought of extremely specialised worldwide and have an excellent fame. They are in excessive demand available on the market and have due to this fact even needed to develop their manufacturing.

The Renk firm from Augsburg is one in every of these specialised producers and is the world market chief for tank transmissions. The firm, which at the moment has greater than 3,400 workers and an annual turnover of 850 million euros, produces 70 p.c of its merchandise for the protection business. In the primary 9 months of the final monetary yr, Renk booked 24 p.c extra orders than in the identical interval final yr.

Russia is arming itself sooner

“Many companies in the defense industry have realized how great the need is,” says Christian Mölling. Some took dangers with applicable investments. But armaments tasks in Germany take twelve to fifteen years from growth to implementation, the knowledgeable calculates.

That is just too gradual to maintain up with a possible army opponent, Russia. “However, recent estimates suggest that it will only take three to five years from the end of the main fighting in Ukraine until Russia has rebuilt its army to the point where it poses a threat to NATO. We must prepare ourselves for a possible conflict with Russia set.”

Difficult seek for donors

In order to have the ability to decide up the tempo, investments in armaments are thought of essential – however buyers are tough to search out, most tough in Germany, Renk boss Susanne Wiegand lately reported on the Handelsblatt safety convention. According to her personal data, she has held round 600 conferences with buyers.

Expert Mölling confirms this. Some protection corporations reported that the so-called ESG sustainability standards had a destructive affect on their enterprise growth. “The criteria leave a negative footprint on your banks and suppliers. The amount for the state defense goal is assessed negatively,” says Mölling. Here he sees a necessity for optimization within the EU. “You can't compare defense with tobacco.”

A query of Delivery capacity

Overall, business consultants report, the notion of the protection business has modified since February 2022. Despite rising army spending in lots of nations world wide, the flexibility of protection corporations to ship is an issue as a result of they’re usually extremely specialised, function in niches and don’t produce massive portions.

The query is due to this fact how rapidly demanded merchandise may be delivered within the desired high quality on the deliberate prices. Smaller corporations particularly rapidly reached their limits: manufacturing takes time, even when the merchandise have lengthy been developed.

Defense shares are experiencing a growth

One option to attain your aim sooner is thru monetary commitments. Defense corporations are experiencing extra demand on the inventory market: Since the Russian assault on Ukraine, Rheinmetall's share worth has greater than tripled. Hensoldt shares, which have solely been listed on the inventory alternate for 3 and a half years, have doubled in worth for the reason that outbreak of struggle.

Renk goes public in the present day. KNDS – a merger of the protection corporations Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Nexter – acquires Renk shares for 100 million euros and receives a spot on the supervisory board. He is one in every of Renk's largest clients. The asset supervisor Wellington Management is shopping for shares for an additional 50 million euros.

Small buyers are omitted

The producer Renk initially needed to return to the buying and selling ground in October 2023 – precisely 100 years after its first IPO in 1923. But the corporate canceled the plans just a few hours upfront.

Renk is designing the brand new try otherwise: Instead of a public supply like in October, Renk is counting on a so-called non-public placement. This implies that shares are solely given to a sure group of buyers. The public and small buyers are initially omitted.

Bianca von der Au, HR, tagesschau, February 7, 2024 8:36 a.m