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2022-10-27
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IK Partners invests in Plus que PRO

IK Partners (“IK”) is pleased to announce its investment in the French digital platform and services company Plus que PRO (“the Company”) alongside the co-founders Gregory Regouby and Sacha Goepp, who will retain control and management of the business. Financial terms of the transaction are not disclosed.

Founded in 2014 in Alsace, France, Plus que PRO is a digital platform which enables craftsmen and small to medium-sized enterprises (“SMEs”) elevate their online presence, drive revenue and margin growth as well as protect and improve their reputation, while also providing consumers with a tamperproof review hosting service based on blockchain technology. The Company employs 190 people and has a growing subscriber base of thousands of business-to-business and business-to-consumer businesses in France, with a particular focus on the Construction as well as Business Services sectors.

With IK’s backing, Plus que PRO will be well-positioned to expand its share of the digital services market for SMEs and support its growth plan. IK’s experience in both the French market and with similar tech-enabled Business Services companies will enable Plus que PRO to roll out new and complementary solutions while marketing its consumer feedback solution to a wider range of enterprises.

Through this new partnership with IK, Plus que PRO aims to accelerate its franchise roll-out, further support its partners’ growth and continue to invest in R&D to enhance its product offering. The Company will continue to be led by Gregory Regouby, Sacha Goepp and their team.

The investment was made from the dedicated pool of Development Capital within the IK Small Cap III Fund, which held a final close at its hard cap of €1.2 billion last year.

Gregory Regouby, Chief Executive Officer of Plus que PRO, commented: “We are looking forward to working closely with IK Partners in the next stage of our growth. Their extensive expertise in the French market and proven track record of scaling similar-sized businesses makes them the optimal partner for Plus que PRO as we seek to expand our services offering and gain further market share in a promising market.”

Pierre Gallix, Managing Partner and Advisor to the IK Small Cap III Fund, said: “Gregory and Sacha have built an impressive business in the competitive digital services sphere in France. The underlying market opportunity is set to grow further in the coming years and we believe that with additional capital and support, Plus que PRO has the potential to become a leading player in France and beyond.”

For further questions, please contact:

IK Partners
Vidya Verlkumar
Phone: +44 (0) 7787 558 193
vidya.verlkumar@ikpartners.com

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2022-10-26
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The Management led by Eric Goupil gathers a consortium to acquire Unither Pharmaceuticals from Ardian

The consortium comprises GIC and IK Partners (“IK”), entering the equity, as well as Keensight Capital (“Keensight”) and Parquest, reinforcing their existing positions. It will become the new shareholder of Unither Pharmaceuticals (“Unither” or “The Company”) alongside the management team.

Spun out of Sanofi in 1993, Unither is a leading European pharmaceutical contract development and manufacturing organisation (“CDMO”) producing complex sterile liquid formulations for medical use and is currently the global market leader in the Blow-Fill-Seal (“BFS”) technology, a sterile single-unit dosage format.

Headquartered in Amiens, France, Unither employs more than 1,600 people across seven manufacturing facilities in France, the US, Brazil, and China, as well as an additional R&D centre in Bordeaux, France. Its products are sold in over 100 countries demonstrating a well-established global footprint. The Company benefits from a long-standing and loyal customer base made up of medium to large pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology, generics and over-the-counter (“OTC”) players and is recognised for its technical expertise and industrial performance. It has a strong track record of organic growth and with the support of Ardian, Unither has enlarged its footprint to China to serve a growing global demand for its high-quality BFS products.

Together, GIC, IK, Keensight and Parquest will leverage the strong local footprint of their respective international platforms to support Unither’s future growth by: continuing to support new and existing customers in launching new products; further penetrating the US market; taking advantage of the significant growth expected in China; and expanding into BFS adjacencies such as vaccines and multi-dose preservative free dosage forms. The management team is significantly reinvesting its proceeds and the Company will continue to operate under Eric Goupil’s leadership as he transitions to the newly created role of Executive Chairman.

Financial details of the transaction are not being disclosed.

Eric Goupil, Executive Chairman at Unither Pharmaceuticals, said: “With Ardian’s support, we have been able to strengthen our business in the US, expand into China and continue investing significantly to cope with our customers’ strong demand and fuel our future organic growth. In collaboration with our new partners, GIC and IK and with the support of our historic partners Keensight and Parquest, we are seeking to build on this strong foundation, to continue satisfying our customers and leverage our global footprint.”

Philippe Poletti, CEO at Ardian France, Member of the Executive Committee and Head of Buyout Activity, said: “We are very pleased to have been part of Unither’s growth for the past five years. Our strong relationship with Eric Goupil allowed us to help the group develop and consolidate its position as a global leader. We would like to thank the whole Unither team and wish them a successful future alongside GIC, IK, Keensight and Parquest.”

Choo Yong Cheen, Chief Investment Officer of Private Equity at GIC, said: “We are excited to invest in Unither alongside Eric Goupil, IK and existing shareholders Keensight and Parquest. Unither is a clear market leader in the BFS business space with its innovative and diversified product portfolio, a steady customer base and highly resilient revenue model. We are confident in Unither’s long-term growth potential as the global CDMO market continues to benefit from an increase in pharma drug production and outsourcing trends. We look forward to partnering with the Company’s outstanding management team and our consortium to take Unither to its next phase of growth.”

Magdalena Svensson, Partner at IK and Advisor to the IK Partnership Fund II, said: “Under the leadership of Eric Goupil and with Ardian’s backing, Unither has established itself as a global market leader in sterile liquid formulations and the BFS segment. Having stolen a march on the rest of the sector, Unither holds a unique position which, thanks to the high barriers to entry and strong underlying markets, warrant high growth expectations. We look forward to actively contributing to the strengthening of Unither’s global industrial footprint and operations, with the support of our in-house platform teams. Together with management, GIC, Keensight and Parquest, we plan to pursue existing growth strategies and explore new avenues in the BFS field as well as in adjacent technologies.”

Pierre Remy, Managing Partner at Keensight, said: “We are extremely pleased to continue our strong partnership with Unither and its very talented management team, in an exciting new phase of the Company’s development. During our tenure as shareholder, the Company strengthened its leadership position globally and undertook a significant operational expansion in China and Brazil via two major acquisitions. By reinvesting in Unither, we remain committed to supporting the management team in helping them execute on their continued growth strategy, both organically in the rapidly expanding BFS market and through selective strategic acquisitions. We are very happy to continue the journey with Parquest and to be joined by GIC and IK.”

Denis Le Chevallier, Managing Partner at Parquest, said: “We are delighted to have supported a new stage of development alongside Eric Goupil and his teams. Since our first investment in 2006, Unither has enjoyed uninterrupted growth and is now the undisputed leader in BFS. We are convinced that this new chapter to be written alongside GIC, IK and Keensight will enable the group to continue and accelerate its development, particularly internationally.”

Completion of the transaction is subject to relevant legal and regulatory approvals.

PR Contacts

IK Partners
Vidya Verlkumar
Phone: +44 (0) 7787 558 193
vidya.verlkumar @ikpartners.com

Ardian
Headland
Ardian@headlandconsultancy.com

GIC
Samantha Chiene
Phone: +44 (0) 207 725 3557
samanthachiene@gic.com.sg

Mah Lay Choon
Phone: +65 6889 6841
mahlaychoon@gic.com.sg

Keensight Capital
Tim Lee
Phone: +44 (0) 7785 345 250
tlee@keensightcapital.com

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2022-10-13
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IK Partners invests in Wishcard alongside EMZ Partners and Oakley Capital

IK Partners (“IK”) is pleased to announce that the IK Partnership Fund II has, as part of an investment consortium comprising EMZ Partners and Oakley Capital, acquired a minority stake in Wishcard Technologies Group (“Wishcard” or “the Company”). Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Germany, Wishcard is a leading gift and rewards platform operating in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, providing multi-brand vouchers for personal gifting and for businesses.

Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Brilon, Germany, the Company has grown to become the leading provider of business-to-consumer (“B2C”) multi-brand gift vouchers and business-to-business (“B2B”) gift cards in the DACH region. At present, Wishcard offers one of the largest brand selections on the market with a network of over 500 highly regarded redemption partners, including Amazon, Google, Apple, IKEA, and Zalando. The Company distributes its cards through various sales channels which include a network of more than 110,000 retail outlets and its own e-commerce store. It also sells directly to its sizeable B2B customer base.

IK and its co-investors will hold a minority stake and support Wishcard’s future growth by jointly focusing on expanding its service and product offering as well as pursuing further international expansion. The transaction enables both the founding and broader management teams to regain a majority position in the Company after a successful partnership with Oakley Capital. As part of the change in ownership, Dr Andreas Betzer will be established as the new CEO. He brings extensive expertise in the retail sector to the business alongside his experience in areas such as digitalisation.

Financial details of the transaction are not being disclosed.

Verena Argauer, COO of Wishcard, commented: “We are immensely proud of the development Wishcard has undergone in recent years and we have even more ambitious plans for the future. In this context, we are convinced that this consortium of experienced investors has the skills and know-how to support our continued international and portfolio expansion. We are very pleased to welcome IK, EMZ and Oakley Capital as our new long-term partners.”

Detlef Dinsel, Managing Partner at IK and Advisor to the IK Partnership Fund II, said: “With the help of Oakley Capital, the management team has successfully established Wishcard as the leading provider of personal and business gift cards in the DACH region. We expect the market to continue to grow at an attractive rate and look forward to working with our co-investors and new CEO Andreas Betzer to develop the Company’s international footprint with a sustainable product offering.”

For further questions, please contact:

IK Partners
Vidya Verlkumar
Phone: +44 (0) 7787 558 193
vidya.verlkumar@ikpartners.com

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2022-09-28
Press Releases

IK Partners invests in Remazing

IK Partners (“IK”) is pleased to announce that the IK Small Cap III Fund has acquired a significant minority stake in Remazing GmbH (“Remazing” or “the Company”), a leading marketing services and software provider focussing on the Amazon marketplace. IK is investing from its dedicated pool of Development Capital, acquiring its stake from the founders who are reinvesting alongside IK.

Remazing was founded in 2016 by Hannes Detjen and Emil Beck and was developed to serve the growing demand from consumer brands to market their products directly on Amazon. Today, the Company is the largest independent provider in the market, serving over 100 corporate clients globally and employing over 100 e-commerce experts who are based in its headquarters in Hamburg and across local hubs in Barcelona, London, Paris and Turin.

With Amazon broadening its market reach across product segments and geographies in recent years, Remazing developed a full-service offering around content creation, management and monitoring supported by Remdash, its own proprietary software. The Company supports a range of brands selling products across the Beauty & Health, Household & DIY, Sports and Baby segments, counting leading companies such as Henkel, Under Armour and Tonies among its clients.

IK has acquired a significant minority stake in Remazing with Hannes, Emil and Managing Director Filip Egert and Chief Technology Officer Timo Helken reinvesting alongside. With IK’s support, Remazing plans to grow through: strengthening partnerships with existing clients and acquiring new ones, increasing market penetration, developing its technology offering further and expanding into other marketplaces. Additionally, the Company aims to build its presence globally through the execution of a selective M&A strategy.

Hannes Detjen and Emil Beck, Co-Founders and Managing Directors of Remazing, commented: “We are excited to embark on a new stage of development with IK. For the last six years we have been on an incredible journey as we turned our ideas into reality and developed a compelling proposition which helps our clients increase their sales online. The time has now come to welcome external investment to help us turbocharge our own growth and cement our position globally.”

Ingmar Bär, Director at IK Partners and Advisor to the IK Small Cap III Fund, said: “Hannes and Emil have achieved a huge amount in building Remazing with their ambitious team and establishing it as one of Europe’s leading Amazon-focused, tech-enabled marketing services firms. With the ongoing growth of the Amazon ecosystem and growing professionalisation of marketing across online platforms, we see huge potential in partnering with the Remazing team to develop the Company into a leading global player.”

For further questions, please contact:

IK Partners
Vidya Verlkumar
Phone: +44 (0) 7787 558 193
vidya.verlkumar@ikpartners.com

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2022-08-2
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IK Partners has its GHG emissions reduction targets validated by the Science Based Targets initiative

IK Partners (“IK”) is pleased to announce that its greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions reduction targets have been validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (“SBTi”). These targets are consistent with the levels required to meet the Paris Agreement goals and limit global warming to 1.5°C.

Climate change is a global threat posing significant risk to the global economy, people and environment. The latest report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that global warming is on track to reach 1.5°C during the next two decades. However, the report also emphasises that there is an opportunity to limit the temperature increase. This would require synergy in action of multiple stakeholders and a drastic reduction in global emissions to half by 2030 and achieving net zero by 2050. Setting science-based targets (“SBTs”) provides clear guidance around emission reductions aligned with the climate science and sends a powerful message to peers and the industry regarding decarbonisation.

IK has committed to:

  • Reducing absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions by 54% by 2030 from a 2019 base year; and
  • In Scope 3 (portfolio target) achieving 26% of its eligible private equity (“PE”) investments by invested capital setting SBTi-validated targets by 2026 and 100% by 2040 from a 2021 base year.

In light of this new milestone in IK’s environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) journey, Christopher Masek, Chief Executive Officer, said: “I am delighted that IK is amongst the leading PE firms that have had their SBTs approved by the SBTi. This measurable commitment will be an important part of our approach to ESG integration and will support the continued success of both our firm and portfolio companies, beyond financial metrics, thereby enabling us to continue delivering superior returns to our investors.”

Jovana Stopic, ESG Manager, added: “It is clear from recent research that action to reduce the catastrophic impacts of climate change is overdue and must be accelerated. We recognise that businesses like ours can play a key role in this transition and SBTs are an important element in preparation for the business challenges and opportunities related to decarbonisation.”

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Disclaimer

Any greenhouse gas emissions reductions, diversity, equality and inclusion, ESG or impact goals, targets, commitments, incentives or initiatives outlined in this document have not been established for any particular fund or investment strategy, are not binding on investment decisions or the management or stewardship of investments for the purposes of Regulation (EU) 2019/2088 and do not constitute a guarantee, promise or commitment regarding any actual or potential ESG impacts or outcomes associated with investments made by funds managed and/or advised by IK Partners, unless otherwise specified in the relevant fund documentation. IK Partners has established, and may in the future establish, ESG or impact goals, targets, commitments, incentives or initiatives, including but not limited to, those targeting greenhouse gas emissions reductions, diversity, equity and inclusion or alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Any measures implemented in respect of greenhouse gas emissions reductions, diversity, equality and inclusion, ESG or impact goals, targets, commitments, incentives or initiatives may not be implemented in respect of or may not be immediately applicable to the investments of every fund managed and/or advised by IK Partners and any implementation may be overridden or ignored at the sole discretion of IK Partners.

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2022-07-28
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IK Partners enters exclusive negotiations to sell Exxelia to HEICO

IK Partners (“IK”) is pleased to announce that an affiliate of the IK VII Fund (“IK VII”) has entered into a put option agreement to sell its stake in Exxelia (“the Company”) to global aerospace business HEICO Corporation (NYSE: HEI and HEI.A) (“HEICO”).

Founded in 2009 from the merger of five long-established companies and headquartered in Paris, France, Exxelia is a leading manufacturer of complex passive components and precision subsystems for niche highly demanding industrial markets (defence, space, aviation, energy, transport, medical and telecommunications) where product reliability and superior performance is of utmost importance. Exxelia is recognised for its ability to design standard and custom products meeting complex technical specifications and the most stringent qualification procedures.

The Company operates from 11 manufacturing sites with more than 2,100 employees and serves blue-chip customers in more than 50 countries. It offers a comprehensive product range (capacitors, inductors, resistors, filters, position sensors and rotary joints) embedded into many programmes in partnership with its blue-chip customer base.

Since IK investment in Exxelia in 2015, the Company has successfully executed its strategic agenda, implementing an ambitious operational transformation plan and expanding its product portfolio and geographical reach through M&A. With the support of its new shareholder, Exxelia will be able to strengthen its operational excellence and innovation capabilities, pursue its international organic and M&A growth strategy and accelerate its development.

Paul Maisonnier, CEO of Exxelia, commented: “We are excited to embark on a new stage of development with HEICO. We really appreciate the values of the Mendelson Family, which match perfectly those of Exxelia. Our goal to develop Exxelia into a world leader in Hi-Rel passive components and sub-systems for harsh environments, serving the aeronautic, defence, space and medical markets will be accelerated under the Heico umbrella. Together we will strengthen our innovation and operational capabilities and accelerate our internationalisation strategy. We thank IK for their support over the past years, which has enabled us to establish a solid platform to support our ambitions for global growth.”

Dan Soudry, Managing Partner at IK Partners and Advisor to the IK VII Fund, and Diki Korniloff, Partner at IK Partners, added: “As shareholders of Exxelia since 2015, we are very pleased to have been able to support its very talented management team through the various stages of transformation, structuring and growth of the Company, doubling its employee base to more than 2,100 people and leading to a strong increase in investment in R&D and in its manufacturing footprint. We’d like to take this opportunity to wish the team and HEICO all the very best for the future.”

Laurans A. Mendelson, HEICO’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, along with Victor H. Mendelson, HEICO’s Co-President and CEO of its Electronic Technologies Group, commented: “We are ecstatic that such a fine company, with its remarkable team members, management and products, will be part of HEICO and we look forward to welcoming them to the HEICO family. While furthering HEICO’s strategy of expanding our already impressive range of mission-critical and high-reliability components for the most demanding applications, Exxelia also provides HEICO with added broad geographic and product diversity, including in the important European market.”

Following consultation of employee representative bodies, completion of the transaction would be subject to antitrust and regulatory approvals, notably in France.

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