In the last 3 years, Ardian has acquired 20 companies. It has also invested in 12 others.
Ardian’s most common sectors for investment are business services (9%) and software (6%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (36%) and secondary buyout (31%). In total, Ardian has invested in 21 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 29 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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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.
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