FWF Finance References
FWF FINANCE carries out confidential negotiations on behalf of business owners and shareholders ofsmall-to-medium firms and middle-market compagnies.

Alphabet Stand Service

MBA Capital has been financial advisor for the sale of ALPHABET STAND SERVICE as part of the retirement of the company’s CEO, Christophe Blum.

Specialized since more than 35 years in the design and manufacture of exhibitions stands, ALPHABET STAND SERVICE has achieved a turnover of 4 million euros and has staff of 23 employees. ALPHABET STAND SERVICE is a long-standing partner of exhibition and events organizers, as well as of famous brands and corporations in the field of the movie industry, television, real estate, communities and luxury brands. Located in Toulon, France, ALPHABET STAND SERVICE is notably one of the largest players at Cannes – Palais des Festivals, a large venue which hosts more than 15 international trade fairs each year, mostly B2B and premium grade.

SERVICES AND INDUSTRY
SALE

MATHEVON INTERNATIONAL,

FWF FINANCE has advised MATHEVON INTERNATIONAL, holding company, in the takeover of MATHEVON by its management team accompanied by financial investors: SIPAREX, ARKEA CAPITAL, AFRICINVEST and BNP DEVELOPPEMENT. FWF FINANCE has advised the managers (Sébastien Jerinte – CEO et Pierre Gachet – Industrial MD) for the setting up of the takeover through a LBO deal structure, the selection and contact of financial partners and buy-side negotiations.

Strategic manufacturer of special alloy metal parts to oil & gas equipment providers worldwide, MATHEVON’s group of companies has achieved a turnover of €35million with high profitability. The group has staff of 320 employees spread across 4 entities and 3 countries (France, Tunisia, Malaisia).

INDUSTRY
MBO/ACQUISITION

GROUPE EURO ACT

FWF FINANCE has advised the shareholder’s of GROUP EURO ACT during its acquisition by CRISTAL DISTRIBUTION. Founded by Gérard Insel, GROUPE EURO ACT is specialized in the distribution of wiping and hygiene products for professional end-users. It operates three warehousing plateforms spread accross the French territory (IGECO in Saint Martin d’Hères – 38, CDO in Fleury les Aubrais – 45, TIO PRO in Saint-Saviol – 86) and a purchasing center.
GROUPE EURO ACT turnover stands out at €12 millions.
CRISTAL DISTRIBUTION is a subsidiary of TINI, a holding company which controls BBA EMBALLAGES, a company specialized in the distribution of packaging solutions and equipments. With this acquition, CRISTAL strengthens its presence in the hygiene market and exceeds €30 millions in this field.

DISTRIBUTION
SALE

PRORISK

VDI Group has renewed his confidence in FWF FINANCE for the sale of two sibsidiaries : PRORISK and GM EQUIPMENT.
PRORISK, located in Lyon (69), is specialized in the distribution of first aid products and disposable personal protective equipment (PPE) for professional end-users. GM EQUIPEMENT, located in Vannes (56), is specialised in the distribution of PPE to retailers in France and abroad. The two companies have recorded sales of €7.5 millions.
BUNZL Plc, through its French subsidiary FRANCE SECURITE, has taken over the two companies after an open bid process.
Thanks to this transaction, VDI Group testifies its development strategy, today focused on its Battery division, with an objective to be the leader in Europe for the distribution of cells and batteries.

DISTRIBUTION
SPIN-OFF

dalenys a choisi FWF

In 2015, FWF FINANCE has advised in a joint-mandate with EVALINVEST the sale process of the internet and general public mobile publishing division of DALENYS (formerly RENTABILIWEB), a specialist in the field of digital audience monetization (Turnover of €71m, listed on NYSE Euronext in Paris).
Following a restrained open-bid sale process involving strategic acquirers and financial investors internationally, the publishing division has been sold by the way of an OBO transaction with the company’s managers.
The entities sold are representing a turnover of c. €30 millions with a high level of profitability. FWF FINANCE has acted in a joint mandate with EVALINVEST.
Thanks to this transaction, DALENYS is focusing on its fast growing “Payment Marketing” activities

MEDIA
BUYOUT/SPIN-OFF

In 2014 FWF Finance advised VDI Group in Lyon (turnover 53 million Euros, 345 employees, listed on Euronext Alternext) during the sale of its business Direct Hygiene Industrie to the firm TINI, a holding of the group BBA Emballages, the second-largest packaging distribution firm in France.
Two subsidiaries and a business in Belgium were sold. The turnover was 7.5 million
Euros.
As a result of this transaction, VDI Group continued with its strategy of withdrawing from Hygiene and Safety activities and pursued its objective of becoming the European leader in the distribution of batteries.
FWF Finance carried out a competitive process and identified an “unconventional” buyer, new to the hygiene sector. The transaction was successfully concluded within 5 months

DISTRIBUTION
SPIN-OFF

In 2013 FWF Finance advised shareholders from Sogema SAS (Oyonnax, turnover 11 million euros, 80 employees) during the sale of their business to a German family office in Frankfurt owing similar activities.
SOGEMA is the French market leader in B-to-B distribution of sunglasses, “readers” and technical glasses. The company operated renowned brand licenses (Disney, Rica Lewis, Lulu Castagnette, etc.) as well as a portfolio of owned brands (20 Twenty, Tom Smith, etc.). The company has also expanded its product range to new products, in particular apparel accessories and umbrellas.
The company’s customers are Hypermarkets, drugstores, sport equipment stores and gas stations.
The transaction was successfully concluded in 7 months.

DISTRIBUTION
SALE

FWF FINANCE carries out confidential negociations on behalf of business owners and shareholders of small-to-medium firms and middle-market companies, following a personalized action plan.
Founded by a private equity and investment banking professional, clients of FWF FINANCE will benefit from many years of experience in the financial sector.

TESTIMONIALS :

Jean-Baptiste DECROIX-VERNIER (Chairman – Dalenys) : « FWF FINANCE and EVALINVEST have joined forces in a sale process combining technical and strategic skills in negotiations with an international scope of potential acquirers. Today Dalenys is focused on its core objective to become the “Payment Marketing” specialist.

Patrick OUMEDIAN, Chairman of SOGEMA: «FWF Finance handled efficient negotiations in English requiring both high involvement and responsiveness, with a buyer seeking consolidation opportunities in our sector in Europe. »

Patrick RUGET, Chairman of RUGET GROUP: «We worked alongside FWF Finance on various business opportunities, including some from abroad. FWF Finance was totally committed and its services were on a par with those of an investment bank»

FWF has a total of 20 years’ experience in private equity and investment banking. He has advised private shareholders, industrial groups and investment funds in a number of transactions.

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