AC Desarrollo is the private equity arm of Ahorro Corporación, a financial services group. AC Desarrollo focuses on acquiring middle market businesses throughout Spain. AC has no industry preferences and will consider both majority and minority positions in portfolio companies. Sectors AC has invested in include food/beverages, domestic cleaning products, air conditioning, toys, telecommunications, retail, and software. Prospective transaction situations include buyouts (MBOs, MBIs, and LBOs), consolidations, startups, and growth capital financing. AC Desarrollo was formed in 1999 and is based in Madrid. The Firm has additional offices in Málaga, Sevilla, Valencia, and Valladolid.
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AC Desarrollo’s most common sectors for investment are business services (10%) and beverages (8%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (50%) and growth capital (35%). In total, AC Desarrollo has invested in 3 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2001 when it acquired Hitecsa Aire Acondicionado SLU for $42M.
In the last 3 years, AC Desarrollo has exited 3 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is unknown (48%). AC Desarrollo’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2004 when it sold Kelkoo S.A.D.C.S for $535M.
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