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Deal Astek / August 2021
Deal Astek / August 2021
« I would like to thank H.I.G. and AXA for their trust in helping us reach this new milestone in the development of Astek. Our ambitions for 2024 and beyond are very strong, with a target of one billion euros in turnover; they demonstrate the relevance of our unique positioning in attractive markets. Based on the skills and commitment of our teams, we plan to keep up the momentum, driven by our ability to innovate and support our customers in their digitalisation efforts. »
Julien Gavaldon, Chairman of the Management Board, Astek
B2B Distribution and Services
B2B Distribution and Services
Technology, Media and Telecom
Technology, Media and Telecom
August 2021 – Vulcain advised Astek on a €200m Unitranche financing arranged by H.I.G. WhiteHorse to accelerate growth and continue strategic acquisitions

Astek announces a new step towards achieving its development goals with the signing of a €200m Unitranche financing arranged by H.I.G. WhiteHorse as well as the participation of the management team in the capital structure, alongside the founder and other directors. Access to new financial resources will support the company’s external growth plan and its targeted development goals..

Astek has been supporting companies with their major technological challenges for 30 years, pioneering a distinct approach of combining engineering (outsourced R&D) and digital technologies (information systems). These activities have become essential to effectively meet the challenges of digital transformation of Astek’s clients and are driving Astek’s growth momentum. Beyond its strong organic growth, the group made six targeted acquisitions over the past two years, thereby strengthening its global geographical footprint, expertise, and service offering.

While maintaining a sustained and steady organic growth of over 10% per year, Astek will accelerate its development in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia and be a leading player in the consolidation of the sector in these regions. Astek targets revenue of €360 million in 2021, aims to exceed a revenue milestone of €500 million by 2024, whilst maintaining its EBITDA margin above 10%, as per its strategic plan “Ambition 2024”.

H.I.G. WhiteHorse is the arranger of this Unitranche issuance, an attractive, flexible and tailored financing structure to effectively support the development of Astek. AXA IM Alts will also participate in this Unitranche issuance alongside H.I.G. WhiteHorse.


VULCAIN'S INTERVENTION

Vulcain acted as exclusive advisor to Astek on this debt issuance. The team of Vulcain that supported this transaction was led by Gauthier Baijot and François-Emmanuel Hébert.
« I would like to thank H.I.G. and AXA for their trust in helping us reach this new milestone in the development of Astek. Our ambitions for 2024 and beyond are very strong, with a target of one billion euros in turnover; they demonstrate the relevance of our unique positioning in attractive markets. Based on the skills and commitment of our teams, we plan to keep up the momentum, driven by our ability to innovate and support our customers in their digitalisation efforts. »
Julien Gavaldon, Chairman of the Management Board, Astek
B2B Distribution and Services
B2B Distribution and Services
Technology, Media and Telecom
Technology, Media and Telecom
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Deal Mecachrome / July 2021
Deal Mecachrome / July 2021
« This acquisition is a new step in the execution of the Mecachrome Group's transformation, which aims to adapt the Group to current and upcoming changes in the aerospace industry. It allows the Group to enhance its portfolio of products, technologies and customers. Hitim Group, specialized in landing gear axles and aircraft engine shafts, and equipped with highly integrated industrial capabilities in special processes (including high quality surface treatment such as HVOF spraying), also opens up new business opportunities for the Group. »
Christian Cornille, CEO, Mecachrome
Industrials
Industrials
July 2021 – Vulcain acted as M&A advisor to Mecachrome in the acquisition of Hitim Group, specialized in machining of high precision mechanics mainly in aerospace

Mecachrome announces the acquisition of Hitim Group, kicking off its buy-and-build strategy. This acquisition strengthens the position of the Mecachrome Group, a leading player in the European aerospace market, and allows it to broaden its technology and customer portfolio.

Headquartered in Le Coteau (Loire, France), Hitim Group designs and produces high precision machined parts mainly in aerospace. Supported by an industrial know-how inherited from the merger of Gemma and Sorome, Hitim Group is a Tier 1 / Tier 2 supplier of most French aerospace players. Hitim Group is specialized in landing gear axles and aircraft engine shafts.

As a recognized player in its markets, Mecachrome is specialized in the manufacture of complex mechanical parts for aircraft structures and aerospace and automotive engines. The group is positioned as a long-term partner of major OEMs such as Airbus, Safran, Rolls-Royce and Porsche. Mecachrome is present on 3 continents with a total workforce of around 2,400 employees.

In 2019, a deep transformation plan of the company was launched, under the leadership of its CEO Christian Cornille, who arrived mid-2019, and with the support of its reference shareholders Ace Capital Partners and Bpifrance. The progress of this transformation has set the stage for Mecachrome to position itself as a consolidator in its markets.

This first acquisition is expected to be followed by several others, with multiple discussions in progress.

The acquisition of Hitim Group, specialized in high precision mechanics, will be financed by Mecachrome's shareholders, led by Ace Capital Partners - through its 4th Aerospace fund, launched in the summer of 2020 in the midst of the Covid crisis -, alongside Bpifrance.


VULCAIN'S INTERVENTION

Vulcain acted as buy-side M&A advisor to Mecachrome in this transaction. The team of Vulcain that supported this transaction was led by Chris Kodeck and François-Emmanuel Hébert.
« This acquisition is a new step in the execution of the Mecachrome Group's transformation, which aims to adapt the Group to current and upcoming changes in the aerospace industry. It allows the Group to enhance its portfolio of products, technologies and customers. Hitim Group, specialized in landing gear axles and aircraft engine shafts, and equipped with highly integrated industrial capabilities in special processes (including high quality surface treatment such as HVOF spraying), also opens up new business opportunities for the Group. »
Christian Cornille, CEO, Mecachrome
Industrials
Industrials
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Deal Bourdoncle / June 2021
Deal Bourdoncle / June 2021
« In 4 years, Groupe Bourdoncle has grown from one historic restaurant in Paris (Le Mabillon) to 16 establishments in Paris, Megève and Deauville and established itself as one of the leading players in the world of bistronomy, thanks to its passionate and talented teams. With a total turnover of over 50 million euros and 400 employees, the Group is one of the most promising operators in its sector. We are pleased to have helped Thierry Bourdoncle in the creation of this player, which has become a reference in its sector and is now on the verge of continuing its development through new acquisitions in the Paris and provincial regions. »
Franck Kelif, Managing Director at Perceva
Consumer, Brand, Retail
Consumer, Brand, Retail
June 2021 - Perceva has sold its stake in Groupe Bourdoncle, an independent restaurant group, to Weinberg Capital Partners. Vulcain acted as exclusive M&A advisor to Perceva

Founded in 2017 by Thierry Bourdoncle, a recognised and established figure in the French restaurant industry, Groupe Bourdoncle ambition is to provide a traditional high-end brasserie offering in iconic locations.

To achieve this objective and deploy his expertise in terms of opening such great locations on a large scale, Thierry Bourdoncle relied on the support of Perceva from 2017. Since then, Groupe Bourdoncle has made numerous acquisitions enabling it to reach a turnover of €50m through 16 restaurants in Paris, Deauville and Megève, such as Le Hibou, Le Mabillon, Durand Dupont, Le Central, Le Drakkar, etc.

“Perceva has enabled us to finance the gradual constitution of the group, the structuring of its headquarters and its central functions, as well as the implementation of financial management and CSR policies, independently from social movements or from the health crisis that have affected our sector. We particularly appreciated the DNA of a capital-intensive partner concerned with providing financial resources to a long-term business project, which now allows us to calmly embark on a new phase in our development. I was convinced by Weinberg Capital Partners’ plan to join forces in order to successfully develop the Group, including in Arcachon, Deauville and Puteaux in the short-term” declares Thierry Bourdoncle, Chairman and Founder of Groupe Bourdoncle.

“We were immediately attracted by the reputation and quality of the Bourdoncle Group’s establishments, combining quality gastronomy and conviviality in prime locations. We are happy to accompany Thierry Bourdoncle, a passionate and committed founder and manager, in the next phases of the Group’s development both in Paris and in province” added Philippe Klocanas, Founding Partner of Weinberg Capital Partners.


VULCAIN'S INTERVENTION

Vulcain acted as exclusive M&A advisor to Perceva in the sale process. The Vulcain team in charge of the transaction was led by Thierry Falque-Pierrotin.
« In 4 years, Groupe Bourdoncle has grown from one historic restaurant in Paris (Le Mabillon) to 16 establishments in Paris, Megève and Deauville and established itself as one of the leading players in the world of bistronomy, thanks to its passionate and talented teams. With a total turnover of over 50 million euros and 400 employees, the Group is one of the most promising operators in its sector. We are pleased to have helped Thierry Bourdoncle in the creation of this player, which has become a reference in its sector and is now on the verge of continuing its development through new acquisitions in the Paris and provincial regions. »
Franck Kelif, Managing Director at Perceva
Consumer, Brand, Retail
Consumer, Brand, Retail
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Deal Planet / May 2021
Deal Planet / May 2021
« Eurazeo has been a partner of choice for Planet’s management to transform the Company into a vertically focused payments company. Since 2015, Planet has tripled in size from both organic growth and strategic acquisitions. This journey exemplifies our strategy: empowering businesses with strong fundamentals and potential to scale internationally. We look forward to accompanying Planet in the next stage of its journey. »
Marc Frappier, Member of the Executive Board, Managing Partner of mid-large buyout
Financial Services
Financial Services
Technology, Media and Telecom
Technology, Media and Telecom
May 2021 – Vulcain acted as M&A advisor to Advent in the acquisition of a stake in Planet, the integrated payments leader in Retail, Hospitality, Food and Beverage

Advent International is pleased to announce an agreement with Eurazeo for the acquisition of a stake in integrated payments leader, Planet (“The Company”). As part of the transaction Eurazeo will reinvest and co-control the Company with Advent International (“Advent”).

Under this agreement, Planet is valued at €1.8bn. With this operation, Eurazeo and its affiliates show a total valuation of 2.5x their original investment and approximately 19% IRR.

Planet is a world-class integrated payments business delivering innovative products and digital services across Retail, Hospitality, Food and Beverage sectors. The Company provides integrated digital payment services on a unique single platform that offers acquiring, processing, digital wallets, VAT refund and currency conversion services. By partnering with Planet, merchants enhance their customers’ omnichannel experience, while generating additional revenue from Planet’s value-added payments services.

Under Eurazeo and Advent co-ownership, the Company will pursue its development through a combination of organic growth and acquisitions.


VULCAIN'S INTERVENTION

Vulcain acted as buy-side M&A advisor to Advent in this transaction. The team of Vulcain that supported this transaction was led by Michael Schor.
« Eurazeo has been a partner of choice for Planet’s management to transform the Company into a vertically focused payments company. Since 2015, Planet has tripled in size from both organic growth and strategic acquisitions. This journey exemplifies our strategy: empowering businesses with strong fundamentals and potential to scale internationally. We look forward to accompanying Planet in the next stage of its journey. »
Marc Frappier, Member of the Executive Board, Managing Partner of mid-large buyout
Financial Services
Financial Services
Technology, Media and Telecom
Technology, Media and Telecom
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Deal Sparklane / April 2021
Deal Sparklane / April 2021
« I was impressed by Sparklane's ability to innovate by combining Artificial Intelligence with a platform that has proven extremely efficient to final users. I am certain that Ellisphere, which is thus strengthening its range of solutions for marketing and sales departments, will consolidate its leading position in a fast-growing market. »
Valérie Attia, President of Ellisphere
Technology, Media and Telecom
Technology, Media and Telecom
B2B Distribution and Services
B2B Distribution and Services
April 2021 – Vulcain acted as exclusive M&A advisor to Ellisphere in the acquisition of Sparklane, a highly innovative software company, dedicated to B2B sales and marketing automation, providing predictive solutions, leveraging on Artificial Intelligence

Ellisphere, a long-standing provider of B2B information in France and internationally, supporting and securing the decision-making process of major corporates and delivering online information on 225 million companies in more than 230 countries and territories, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Infotrade, the holding company of Sparklane, a highly innovative software company, dedicated to B2B sales and marketing automation, providing predictive solutions leveraging on Artificial Intelligence. Infotrade was backed by VCs, of which Sirapex (XAnge) et Entrepreneur Venture.
Created in 2009, Sparklane identifies potential customers and leads sales representatives in their sales efforts. Sales representatives are alerted in real time of business signals related to their customers. They benefit from a database of over 10 million contacts to engage in personalized and successful relationships. Sparklane has attracted more than 150 customers in France and Europe and has 30 employees based in Nantes and Paris, including 20 R&D engineers.
"We wanted to accelerate our growth in a booming market. The need for predictive solutions shall increase by more than 50% between 2021 and 2024. The combination of Ellisphere and Sparklane respective strengths shall allow us to gain new market shares and confirm our leadership position in a market that rewards innovation and values return on investment", said Frédéric Pichard, Chief Operating Officer and Founder of Sparklane.


VULCAIN'S INTERVENTION

Vulcain acted as exclusive buy-side M&A advisor to Ellisphere in this transaction. The team of Vulcain that supported this transaction was led by Michael Schor.
« I was impressed by Sparklane's ability to innovate by combining Artificial Intelligence with a platform that has proven extremely efficient to final users. I am certain that Ellisphere, which is thus strengthening its range of solutions for marketing and sales departments, will consolidate its leading position in a fast-growing market. »
Valérie Attia, President of Ellisphere
Technology, Media and Telecom
Technology, Media and Telecom
B2B Distribution and Services
B2B Distribution and Services
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Deal Troc-Vélo / February 2021
Deal Troc-Vélo / February 2021
« Vulcain was very helpful in driving this strategic acquisition for Alltricks. Indeed, its team has been able to install and maintain a climate of trust with the founders of Troc-Vélo who were initially not sellers and had no knowledge of valuation methods as well as M&A processes. »
Gary Anssens, CEO of Alltricks
Consumer, Brand, Retail
Consumer, Brand, Retail
Technology, Media and Telecom
Technology, Media and Telecom
February 2021 – Vulcain acted as exclusive M&A advisor to Alltricks in the acquisition of Troc-Vélo, the French leader of second-hand bike classifieds

Alltricks, the French leading omnichannel distributor of bike, running and outdoor equipment and accessories with 2020 GMV of €132m and 54 million of visitors per annum, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Troc-Vélo, the French leader of second-hand bike classifieds.

Created in 2004 by Frédéric Ménager, Troc-Vélo has rapidly emerged has the French leader of second-hand bike classifieds addressing today 30 million visitors per annum representing 550k accounts having access to 70k adds, 1,000 adds being published each day, and more than 2,700 brands.

This acquisition enables Alltricks to accelerate its development on the booming second-hand market, extend the array of services provided to its existing customers and improve the quality of services offered to its new customers coming from Troc-Vélo members’ base.

“The founders of Troc-Vélo have done a remarkable job. Troc-Vélo has more than 30 million visitors per year. We will add payment and delivery solutions. Within 2 or 3 years, this platform could be able to generate around €100m in GMV each year”, said Gary Anssens, CEO of Alltricks.


VULCAIN'S INTERVENTION

Vulcain acted as exclusive buy-side M&A advisor to Alltricks in this transaction. The team of Vulcain that supported this transaction was led by Thierry Falque-Pierrotin.
« Vulcain was very helpful in driving this strategic acquisition for Alltricks. Indeed, its team has been able to install and maintain a climate of trust with the founders of Troc-Vélo who were initially not sellers and had no knowledge of valuation methods as well as M&A processes. »
Gary Anssens, CEO of Alltricks
Consumer, Brand, Retail
Consumer, Brand, Retail
Technology, Media and Telecom
Technology, Media and Telecom