Ardian Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Ardian has acquired 37 companies. It has also invested in 19 others.

Ardian’s most common sectors for investment are business services (9%) and food (5%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (35%) and secondary buyout (30%). In total, Ardian has invested in 20 US states and 24 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2007 when it acquired Energy Future Holdings for $44.4B.

In the last 3 years, Ardian has exited 35 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (45%). Ardian’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2017 when it sold Worldpay UK for $12.0B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity462
    • M&A Buy Activity314
    • M&A Sell Activity148
  • Total Sectors Invested 51
  • Total Countries Invested 24
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 160
  • M&A Advisors 61

Ardian

20, place Vendôme,
Paris, 75001
France
+33 1 44 45 92 00
www.ardian.com

Ardian is a mega-sized diversified investment group focused on opportunities worldwide. Ardian invests across and manages funds focused on small and mid-sized buyouts, growth capital financings, mezzanine, infrastructure, real estate, and co-investment opportunities. Ardian's small-buyouts group targets controlling interests in French, German, and Italian businesses valued up to €100 million. It's mid-sized buyout group seeks businesses valued up €1.5 billion and does not have any geographic limitations. The Infrastructure team looks for European opportunities and can commit up to €150 million per transaction. The Mezzanine group supports junior capital commitments of €5 to €80 million. In addition to direct investing, Ardian also manages various private equity fund-of-funds. Ardian was founded in 1996 and is based in Paris.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Aerospace, Apparel/Textiles, Automotive, Beverages, Building Materials, Business Services, Chemicals, Communications, Construction, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Distribution, Education, Electrical Equipment, Energy Services and Equipment, Engineering, Environmental, Financial Services, Food, Forest Products, Gaming, Healthcare Services, Information Technology, Infrastructure, Internet Software and Services, Leisure, Life Science, Machinery, Manufacturing, Marine, Marketing, Media, Medical Products, Packaging, Renewable Energy, Retail, Safety/Security, Semiconductors, Software, Technology Hardware, Test/Measurement Equipment, Transportation

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Divestiture, Growth Capital, Special Situations/Distressed

Geographic Preferences: East US, Midwest US, South US, West US, Canada, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Asia/Pacific, Australia/New Zealand, Central Asia/India

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue 5 -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size - -
Enterprise Value - 1,500
values in millions of EUR

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (14.6/yr) # 241 17 18 11 19 8 314
vol $203.7B $203.7B
Sell (9.6/yr) # 100 13 13 11 7 4 148
vol $25.2B $3.6B $12.8B $248M $41.8B
  462

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Finaxy Group SAS 2020-07-30 - Secondary Buyout
Paris, France · www.finaxygroup.com
ENVEA 2020-06-29 - Secondary Buyout
Poissy, France · www.envea.global
MBK FINCOM SA 2020-06-08 - Stake Purchase
Paradiso, Switzerland · www.produceshopeurope.com
Swissbit AG 2020-05-13 - Growth Capital
Bronschhofen, Switzerland · www.swissbit.com
Argon Consulting S.A.S. 2020-05-04 - Stake Purchase
Levallois-Perret, France · www.argonandco.com
Euro4x4parts Group 2020-04-23 - Add-on Acquisition
Sainte-Marie-de-Gosse, France · www.euro4x4parts.com
Les Derives Resiniques Et Terpeniques SA 2020-03-06 - Add-on Acquisition
Dax, France · www.drt.fr
Infrastrutture Wireless Italiane (INWIT) S.p.A. 2020-02-22 - Stake Purchase
Milan, Italy · www.inwit.it
CLS Group 2020-02-03 - Stake Purchase
Ramonville Saint-Agne, France · www.cls.fr
Santé Cie Group 2020-01-17 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Lyon, France
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Laboratoire Unither Amiens (Unither Pharmaceuticals) 2011-12-09 Nanjing Ruinian Best Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. 2020-08-25 2
Amiens, France · www.unither-pharma.com Wuxi, China
Santé Cie Group 2020-01-17 APOSAN Dr. Künzer GmbH 2020-07-27 1
Lyon, France Cologne, Germany · www.aposan.de
Dedalus S.p.A 2016-07-08 DXC Technology Co. - Healthcare Provider Software Business 2020-07-20 3
Florence, Italy · www.dedalus.eu , Virginia
Revere Plastics Systems LLC 2017-11-20 Techniplas, Inc. - Plants 2020-06-18 2
Clyde, Ohio · www.revereplasticssystems.com , United States
Kersia Group 2016-11-03 Holchem Group Ltd. 2020-05-29 3
Dinard, France · www.kersia-group.com Bury, United Kingdom · www.holchem.co.uk
Euro4x4parts Group 2020-04-23 Japocat 2020-04-23 1
Sainte-Marie-de-Gosse, France · www.euro4x4parts.com Toulouse, France · www.japocat.fr
Envision Pharma, Inc. (Envision Pharma Group) 2016-07-06 90TEN Group Ltd. 2020-04-08 1
Horsham, United Kingdom · www.envisionpharmagroup.com London, United Kingdom · www.90ten.co.uk
Celli S.p.A. 2019-02-11 T&J Installations Ltd. 2020-03-25 2
San Giovanni in Marignano, Italy · www.celli.com Fazeley, United Kingdom · www.tandjinstallations.com
Dedalus S.p.A 2016-07-08 Agfa-Gevaert N.V. - HealthCare IT Business 2020-01-30 2
Florence, Italy · www.dedalus.eu Mortsel, Belgium
MedEuropa SA 2018-06-15 Centre Catalan d'Oncologie 2020-01-23 1
Epalinges, Switzerland · www.medeuropa.org Perpignan, France · www.cco-perpignan.fr

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Business Services 14 (9%) 49M (< 1%) 26 (8%) 4.6B (2%)
Information Technology 8 (5%) - 15 (5%) 4.4B (2%)
Food 7 (4%) - 15 (5%) 800M (< 1%)
Software 12 (7%) - 15 (5%) -
Retail 6 (4%) 11.4B (61%) 14 (4%) 14.4B (7%)
Building Materials 4 (2%) 485M (3%) 14 (4%) 1.1B (1%)
Life Science 10 (6%) 414M (2%) 14 (4%) 414M (< 1%)
Internet Software and Services 9 (6%) - 14 (4%) -
Communications 3 (2%) - 12 (4%) 7.1B (3%)
Healthcare Services 6 (4%) 79M (< 1%) 11 (3%) 2.4B (1%)
Chemicals 3 (2%) - 11 (3%) 1.8B (1%)
Consumer Products 2 (1%) - 11 (3%) 238M (< 1%)
Media 5 (3%) - 9 (3%) 2.4B (1%)
Automotive 4 (2%) - 8 (3%) 5.6B (3%)
Transportation 3 (2%) - 8 (3%) 37M (< 1%)
Packaging 3 (2%) 4.2B (23%) 7 (2%) 5.4B (3%)
Machinery 2 (1%) - 7 (2%) -
Manufacturing 5 (3%) - 7 (2%) -
Energy Services and Equipment 6 (4%) 581M (3%) 6 (2%) 581M (< 1%)
Insurance 6 (4%) - 6 (2%) -
Utilities 3 (2%) 322M (2%) 5 (2%) 47.3B (23%)
Engineering 1 (1%) - 5 (2%) 8.7B (4%)
Construction 3 (2%) - 5 (2%) -
Electrical Equipment 1 (1%) - 5 (2%) -
Infrastructure 5 (3%) - 5 (2%) -
Renewable Energy 5 (3%) - 5 (2%) -
Technology Hardware 3 (2%) - 5 (2%) -
Aerospace 3 (2%) - 4 (1%) 375M (< 1%)
Electronics 3 (2%) - 4 (1%) -
Marketing 3 (2%) - 4 (1%) -
Medical Products 2 (1%) - 4 (1%) -
Staffing 2 (1%) - 4 (1%) -
Distribution - - 3 (1%) -
Financial Services - - 2 (1%) 31.7B (16%)
Gaming 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) 30.7B (15%)
Semiconductors - - 2 (1%) 17.6B (9%)
Information Services - - 2 (1%) 13.5B (7%)
Consumer Services 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) 727M (< 1%)
Test/Measurement Equipment - - 2 (1%) 282M (< 1%)
E-Commerce 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) -
Education 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) -
Restaurants 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) -
Safety/Security - - 2 (1%) -
Plastics 1 (1%) 1.0B (5%) 1 (< 1%) 1.0B (< 1%)
Airlines - - 1 (< 1%) 607M (< 1%)
Beverages - - 1 (< 1%) -
Digital Media 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
Environmental - - 1 (< 1%) -
Forest Products - - 1 (< 1%) -
Marine 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
Real Estate 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
Total 161 $18.6B 316 $203.7B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
France 79 (49%) 1.0B (5%) 159 (50%) 15.6B (8%)
  Pennsylvania - - 1 (< 1%) -
United States 8 (5%) 8.7B (47%) 30 (9%) 159.9B (79%)
  Texas - - 5 (2%) 62.0B (30%)
  California 2 (1%) - 3 (1%) -
  Arizona 1 (1%) 8.7B (47%) 2 (1%) 12.5B (6%)
  Illinois 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) 520M (< 1%)
  Georgia - - 2 (1%) 29.0B (14%)
  Ohio 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
  Missouri 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
  Massachusetts 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
  Colorado 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
  Nevada - - 1 (< 1%) 30.7B (15%)
  Indiana - - 1 (< 1%) 5.6B (3%)
  New York - - 1 (< 1%) 4.4B (2%)
  Pennsylvania - - 1 (< 1%) 1.4B (1%)
  Maryland - - 1 (< 1%) 800M (< 1%)
  Kansas - - 1 (< 1%) 375M (< 1%)
  Utah - - 1 (< 1%) -
  Tennessee - - 1 (< 1%) -
  North Carolina - - 1 (< 1%) -
  Connecticut - - 1 (< 1%) -
Italy 15 (9%) 581M (3%) 25 (8%) 2.0B (1%)
Germany 12 (7%) - 25 (8%) 238M (< 1%)
United Kingdom 11 (7%) 371M (2%) 19 (6%) 12.3B (6%)
Spain 8 (5%) - 11 (3%) 586M (< 1%)
Switzerland 6 (4%) 4.2B (23%) 7 (2%) 4.2B (2%)
Belgium 6 (4%) 485M (3%) 7 (2%) 485M (< 1%)
Netherlands 3 (2%) 2.8B (15%) 6 (2%) 5.1B (3%)
Austria 1 (1%) - 4 (1%) -
Poland - - 4 (1%) -
Sweden 1 (1%) - 3 (1%) 2.8B (1%)
Australia 2 (1%) - 2 (1%) -
Finland 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) -
Luxembourg 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) -
Denmark - - 2 (1%) -
Czech Republic 1 (1%) 414M (2%) 1 (< 1%) 414M (< 1%)
Canada 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
  Alberta 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
China 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
India 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
Ireland 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
South Korea 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
Portugal 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
Latvia - - 1 (< 1%) -
Domestic 79 (49%) 1.0B (5%) 159 (50%) 15.6B (8%)
Cross-border 82 (51%) 17.6B (95%) 157 (50%) 188.1B (92%)
Total 161 $18.6B 316 $203.7B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 49 (30%) 7.3B (39%) 110 (35%) 35.4B (18%)
Secondary Buyout 43 (27%) 1.6B (8%) 94 (30%) 22.4B (11%)
Growth Capital 27 (17%) - 41 (13%) 37M (< 1%)
Stake Purchase 18 (11%) - 25 (8%) -
Divestiture 14 (9%) 630M (3%) 24 (8%) 10.7B (5%)
Going Private 2 (1%) 9.1B (49%) 8 (3%) 131.5B (66%)
Venture 5 (3%) - 6 (2%) -
Add-on Acquisition 2 (1%) - 3 (1%) -
Consolidation 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) -
PIPE - - 2 (1%) -
Recapitalization - - 1 (< 1%) -
Total 161 $18.6B 316 $199.9B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 69 (47%) 13.4B (32%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 23 (16%) 14.1B (34%)
Trade Sale 22 (15%) 2.3B (5%)
IPO 21 (14%) -
Stake Sale 6 (4%) -
Merger 3 (2%) 12.0B (29%)
Sold to Management 3 (2%) -
Bankruptcy 1 (1%) -
Total 148 $41.8B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Ernst & Young Capital Advisors LLC
5
Rothschild Global Advisory
4
Lincoln International
4
Legal Deals
Latham & Watkins
9
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
6
Lamartine Conseil
4

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 23 $192.3B
$100M to $1B 23 $11.2B
< $100M 5 $201M
TOTAL $203.7B
Largest Energy Future Holdings Corp.
$44.4B (2007-10-10)
sell # Total
> $1B 12 $34.1B
$100M to $1B 16 $7.5B
< $100M 5 $182M
TOTAL $41.8B
Largest Worldpay UK Ltd.
$12.0B (2017-08-09)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
82%
124 82%
Strategic(s)
18%
27 18%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
67%
97 67%
Strategic(s)
33%
47 33%

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