Ekkio Capital Announces Acquisition of Caliceo Aquatic Fitness Areas
Ekkio Capital, a specialist in investing in growth SMEs, announces a majority stake in Calicéo, a French family-owned group of aquatic fitness and beauty-massage spaces.
Created in 1996 by the Ponteins family, Calicéo today operates 6 aquatic balneotherapy sites focused on relaxation and well-being – Toulouse, Perpignan, Nantes, Pau, Lyon and Bordeaux – and has more than one million annual visitors . The sites offer water relaxation activities, with indoor and outdoor balneotherapy pools at 33 ° C, saunas and steam baths, aquagym and aquabike pools, massage / relaxation / beauty areas. Each site is spread over 4000m² including 600 m² of basins. Calicéo generates around € 17 million in sales and is now one of France’s leaders in peri-urban balneoludism.
The Ponteins family sells all of its shares in an operation that includes the 6 companies operating the Calicéo sites and their real estate.
This change of shareholder takes place around a project of deployment of the concept, now proven, in the main French cities. Expert in the tourism & leisure sector (already a shareholder of ParisCityVision, Zoosafari de Thoiry, HealthCity …), Ekkio Capital will lead this ambitious transformation project alongside Marc Léonard, tourism and leisure professional, who will take over the chairmanship of Calicéo Holding and Sandrine Gleize, current Chief Operating Officer.
“We are delighted to accompany Caliceo in this new phase of its history. The balneoludic market is currently underdeveloped in France, with significant growth potential for a company like Calicéo, which has a very good concept. We have been interested in society for several years. With a seasoned team and new financial means, we aim to accelerate the development of the company by quickly opening new centers. Says Nicolas Beaugendre, partner of Ekkio Capital
Calicéo is the third investment of the Ekkio Capital IV fund, which was closed in May 2018 to 161 million euros
Councels of the operation :
Calicéo : Famille Ponteins (Gilbert, Xavier et Christophe Ponteins)
Ekkio Capital : Nicolas Beaugendre, Alexandre Colcombet
Roland Berger (Stratégique) : Sébastien Manceau, Alexis Gardy
Aigis (Financement) : François Lex, Thibault de Valence
Squire Patton Boggs (juridique) : Charles Fabry, Veronique Collin, Valérie Ravit, Dorothée Chautard, Raphaëlle Meuter
Archimède (Fiscal) : Jérôme Queyroux, Loic Broise, Vincent Vendrell
Alcaix & Associés (notaire) : Adrien Alcaix, Thomas Schwenninger
Kéo (technique) Pierre Olivier Celle
Oderis (financier) Thomas Claverie, Norian Lebrot
Adviso Partners (financier) : Romain Massiah, Elisa Valdes, Kheira MBouyom
Fidal (juridique) : François de Laâge de Meux, Ludivine Mosse Ferreira, Martin Vignau, Jennifer Bregua
KPMG TS (Due Diligence Financière) : Antoine Bernabeu, Joseph Aouad
Dette Senior : LCL Ivan Piqueras ; Christophe Perigois / Crédit Agricole Aquitaine : Hervé Lucas
Dette Mezzanine : Indigo : Monique Deloire, Laurent Arbona de Soler, Stanley de Butler
Avocat mezzanine – De Pardieu Brocas Maffei : Jean-François Pourdieu
Avocat banques HSF : Laure Bonin, Fabien Communier