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.

site bordeauxCreated 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 :

SELLERS

Calicéo : Famille Ponteins (Gilbert, Xavier et Christophe Ponteins)

INVESTORS

Ekkio Capital : Nicolas Beaugendre, Alexandre Colcombet

BUYERS ADVICE

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

SELLERS ADVICE

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

FUNDING

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

 

PARISCityVISION relies on river tourism with the acquisition of Paris Seine

 

PARISCityVISION acquires Paris Seine, a shipowner specializing in the organization of exceptional cruises, operating three premium boats in a strategic location opposite the Eiffel Tower. After the acquisition of two new boats a few months ago and a call for tender won this summer at the Port of Suffren, with an innovative and ambitious project, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, the PARISCityVISION group reinforces its presence on the Seine and consolidates its position as a producer of tourist experiences

Le Groupe PARISCityVISION a connu une croissance de 19% en 2017 et de 18% en 2018, et poursuit ainsi sa mutation profonde et rapide, par l’élargissement de sa clientèle et l’extension de son offre : tours à pied (visites avec Lorànt Deutsch, Localers.com), en bus (partenariat avec Big Bus Tours), ou encore en cyclomoteur électrique (Cyclo).

Three new boeats…

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Over nearly 25 years,The PARISCityVISION Group grew by 19% in 2017 and by 18% in 2018, and thus continues its profound and rapid transformation, by expanding its client base and extending its offer: tours on foot (visits with Lorànt Deutsch, Localers.com), by bus (partnership with Big Bus Tours), or by electric moped (Cyclo).

Moored at the Debilly port opposite the Eiffel Tower, Paris Seine has 3 prestigious boats that can accommodate receptions for up to 250 people: Paris, Le Signac and Montebello. In raw leasing or via a “turnkey” formula with a high quality catering, Paris Seine offers exceptional cruises but also a Happy Boat offer for services at the dock, at preferential rates.

… in a unique and prestigious setting

In the heart of Paris, facing the Eiffel Tower, at the Port Debilly, Paris Seine enjoys an exceptional geographical situation. Thanks to its central position and its breathtaking view of the capital’s most visited monument, Port Debilly is naturally a privileged choice for cruisers on the Seine. Easy access, it is served by public transport and by road. Thanks to its central position and its breathtaking view of the capital’s most visited monument, Port Debilly is naturally a privileged choice for cruisers on the Seine. Easy access, it is served by public transport and by road. In addition to cruises, the summer of 2019 will be marked by the development of an ephemeral catering offer for individual customers. 

…dans un cadre unique et prestigieux

En plein cœur de Paris, face à la tour Eiffel, au port Debilly, Paris Seine bénéficie d’une situation géographique exceptionnelle. Grâce à sa position centrale et sa vue imprenable sur le monument le plus visité de la capitale, le Port Debilly est naturellement un choix privilégié pour les amateurs de croisières sur la Seine. Facile d’accès, il est desservi par les transports en commun et par la route..Tour Eiffel

Grâce à sa position centrale et sa vue imprenable sur le monument le plus visité de la capitale, le Port Debilly est naturellement un choix privilégié pour les amateurs de croisières sur la Seine. Facile d’accès, il est desservi par les transports en commun et par la route.

En complément des croisières, l’été 2019 sera marqué par le développement d’une offre de restauration éphémère à quai pour la clientèle individuelle.

The Seine cluster, an ambitious development plan …

In addition to La Marina PARISCityVISION (5 boats and a privatized pontoon for receptions and seminars), the acquisition of Paris Seine is part of a global strategic project for the development of river experiments, the Seine Pole.

Within 3 years, PARISCityVISION’s ambition is to increase its market share to 15% in the Seine businesses by occupying strategic locations (Eiffel Tower, Musée d’Orsay) as well as balancing its geographical position along the market. river (East, Center and West of Paris) and by positioning itself on 4 of the main trades of the river: restoration, privatization, walk and restoration at quay (terrace and guinguette).

 “When we know that one in four tourists is cruising the Seine, we can imagine the considerable growth potential of this activity for a tourism player like PARISCityVISION! We wish to multiply and diversify tourist experiences, in particular by reinforcing our presence on the Seine which is the 4th attraction visited in Paris. Expanding our range of services will allow us to offer visitors unique and increasingly complementary experiences.” Says Florence Beyaert, CEO of PARISCityVISION.

PARISCityVISION’s development projects on the Seine are taking place in a context of strong growth in tourism activities in Paris with 100 million tourists expected by 2022 in view of the 2024 Olympics.

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Ekkio Capital annonce l’acquisition de FX Solutions,

acteur de référence de l’arthroplastie de l’épaule

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Ekkio Capital, spécialiste de l’investissement dans la santé et les PME de croissance, annonce l’acquisition de la majorité du capital de FX Solutions, numéro deux français de l’arthroplastie de l’épaule. La famille du fondateur (Jean-Jacques Martin) reste actionnaire, aux côtés du management. A cette occasion, le nouveau Président, Bruno Thevenet, entre également au capital et KREAXI, ESFIN PARTICIPATIONS et Rhône Dauphiné Développement signent leur sortie.

Après avoir fondé Fixano en 1987, fabricant des implants pour les chirurgies osseuses et articulaires, finalement vendu à l’américain Viscogliosi Brothers en 2005, Jean-Jacques Martin a créé la société FX Solutions en 2011, spécialisée dans la conception et la commercialisation d’implants et d’instruments chirurgicaux exclusivement dédiés à l’arthroplastie de l’épaule.

Deuxième acteur du marché français avec plus de 3 000 prothèses vendues en 2017, FX Solutions a développé une offre unique et innovante de prothèses d’épaules. Homologuée aux Etats-Unis (FDA), sa large gamme de produits répond à l’ensemble des besoins (omarthrose / traumatologie).

Positionné sur le marché des extrémités, un des segments les plus dynamiques des implants orthopédiques (10% de croissance par an), FX Solutions a généré une croissance annuelle moyenne de son chiffre d’affaires de plus de 60% depuis sa création et prévoit de garder le même rythme en 2018. Avec une approche très technique et orientée service client, la commercialisation est réalisée en direct en France (58% du CA) par une équipe dédiée.

La société réalise aujourd’hui près de la moitié de son activité à l’international, dans 45 pays, et dispose d’un potentiel de croissance très important, notamment aux États-Unis, 1er marché mondial.

Jean-Jacques Martin, chef d’entreprise visionnaire, a souhaité adosser FX Solutions à un investisseur français, garant de la continuité du projet d’entreprise, avec des moyens renforcés, en vue d’accélérer son développement.

« Cette opération s’inscrit dans le cadre d’une démarche sectorielle approfondie dans l’orthopédie, que nous conduisons avec Bruno Thevenet depuis plus d’un an. Nous avons été séduits par les fondamentaux solides de FX Solutions : une gamme de produits large et reconnue par les chirurgiens, une excellente équipe de management, une force commerciale technique et spécialisée, et enfin un fort potentiel de développement aux Etats-Unis. » déclare Jean-Marc Sceo, Président d’Ekkio Capital.

Intervenants sur l’opération :

Acquéreurs :

Ekkio Capital (Jean-Marc Sceo, Alexandre Colcombet) ; Bruno Thevenet

Conseils acquéreur :

Conseil M&A acheteur : Potomac (Sébastien Drouot, Ahmed Soibah-Eddine)

Juridique : Dechert (Pierre-Henri Brieau, Alexia Delahousse, Anne-Charlotte Rivière, Sophie Pelé, Jessica Garestier, Antoine Le Touzé)

Avocats financeur : Herbert Smith Freehills (Laure Bonin, Noémie Laurin, Emmanuel Le Galloc’h)

Audit Financier : Deloitte (Thomas Fischer, Steven Bérard, Benjamin Deloffre)

Audit Stratégique : LEK (Arnaud Sergent, André Isak, Jean-Guillaume Bayada, Maxime Julian)

Financeur : CIC Private Debt (Francois Petit, Gaspard de Longeaux, Adrien Normand)

Cédants :

Famille Martin ; Management ; ESFIN Participations (Philippe Céas) ; KREAXI (Isabelle BOU ANTOUN); Rhône Dauphiné Développement (Pierre Jourdain)

Conseils cédants :

Financier : UBS M&A Mid-Cap (Jérôme Breuneval, Julien Lafarge, Maxime Moreira)

Juridique : Lexcase (Guillaume Pierson, Pénélope Bouchard, Simon Wesley)

A propos d’Ekkio Capital

Ekkio Capital est une société de capital-investissement indépendante agréée par l’Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF), qui investit depuis plus de 15 ans dans la croissance et la transformation de PME françaises et européennes. Ses secteurs d’expertise sont la Santé, le Tourisme et Loisirs ainsi que le Contrôle Réglementé (TIC).

www.ekkio.fr

 

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Sterience pickaxe at German Vanguard for his first  add-on

By WS ¦ 28/09/2017 ¦ 10:38

A little more than two years after having “spinned-off” Sterience of the perimeter of Dalkia, Ekkio Capital accompanies this leader of outsourced sterilization of medical equipment in his first one build-up. The acquisition concerns an expert of the complex medical devices, Vanguard Medical Services France, the subsidiary of the german Vanguard. He appears …

read the full article on capitalfinance.lesechos.fr (french version only)

 

Ekkio Capital has signed an exclusive agreement with Eurofins for the sale of Amatsigroup

Paris, July 10th, 2017 – Ekkio Capital, a sector-based investor dedicated to high-potential European SMEs, announces that it has signed an exclusive agreement with Eurofins (EUFI.PA), a global leader in bio-pharmaceutical products testing, and one of the world leaders in genomic services, for the sale of Amatsigroup. The company is a leading international contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) providing preclinical and clinical services for the development of human and veterinary drugs.

Founded in 2010 by Ekkio Capital, Amatsigroup was formed through the merger of four companies (Avogadro, Amatsi, DBI and Avepharm) and has grown though several strategic acquisitions: SEPS Pharma (Belgium), Amatsigroup Inc. (USA) in 2014, Pierre Fabre’s pharmaceutical analysis laboratory in 2015, QBiologicals (Belgium) in 2016, Disposable Lab early 2017 and more recently two sites of Bertin Pharma.

Over the past 6 years, Amatsigroup became one of the largest independent multispecialist platform in Europe with a unique proposal for specialty and biopharma clients, including pharmaceutical analysis, formulation development and manufacturing, biological research & development, among other services. The company has about 450 employees over 8 sites in France, 2 sites in Belgium and 1 site in the USA.

Given its unique positioning as a high value added multi-specialist drug development services provider, the company is well-positioned to leverage and strengthen its footprint in the CDMO industry.

The contemplated transaction is expected to be completed over the next few months, subject to customary closing conditions including employees’ representatives’ information and consultation.

Councels of the operation :

  • Operation : Rothschild – F. de BRETEUIL / R. ROZEMULDER / E. GIORNI
  • Legal : Willkie Farr Gallagher – C. GARAUD / V. SAYAG
  • Finance : Deloitte – T. FISCHER
  • Tax and Social : Bureau Francis Lefebvre – P. GOSSET / V. DELAGE

About Ekkio Capital

Ekkio Capital is an independent private equity firm funded by institutional investors, regulated by the French AMF (Autorité des marchés financiers) and investing for more than 15 years in high potential growth French and European SMEs. Specialising in Tourism & Leisure, Health care and TIC (Testing, Inspection & Certification), Ekkio Capital has today more than €230m under management and has successfully achieved 30 buy-out and development transactions.

www.ekkio.fr

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And one, and two, and three lion cubs at the Safari Zoo Domaine de Thoiry !

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It was on March 24th of this year they :  three adorable baby lions  of Africa were born in the Safari Zoo Domain of Thoiry and have just just made their first exit!

First steps

Sheltered in an special room with their mother until  June 9th, three small “big cats” grew up serenely and are now  old enough to discover the outside world! Both females and their brother are the descendants of Akele, 5,5-year-old male, and of Nyassa, 3 years old. Although it is its first litter, Nyassa takes care of it perfectly well

petit lion

At the age of one and a half month, while lion cubs began to be less dependent on their mother and before they do not become too powerful, the team of the park was able to proceed to their sexing and to their puçage. This last manipulation consists in inserting under the skin a chip containing all the medical and genetic information of each of them. It is an important stage because, unless a health problem, it is the unique moment when they will have been in direct contact with the Man.

In their natural environment, the lions of Africa undergo more and more the anthropological pressure.

This weekend, the three scions of Nyassa made their first exit in front of the visitors. They took up a new space, where they can be from now on observed throughout the season. From now on, two groups of lions can be observed by the public.

Give your vote!

From this week, the team makes an appointment with the Internet users on the Facebook of the park (@zoothoiry) to choose the first names of youngs!

A new date in a few weeks, the lions of the Safari Zoo Domain of Thoiry will not stop surprising you … And one, and two, and three lion cubs at the Safari Zoo Domain of Thoiry!