Advent International to Acquire a Significant Stake in Imperial Dade, a Leading North American Distributor of Food Service Packaging and Janitorial Supplies, from Bain Capital Private Equity

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Boston and Jersey City, NJ – May 2, 2022 – Advent International (“Advent”), today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a significant stake in Imperial Dade (the “Company”), the leading distributor in North America of foodservice packaging and janitorial supplies, from Bain Capital Private Equity (“Bain Capital”).  Bain Capital, which first invested in Imperial Dade in 2019, and Advent will have joint Board governance.  Imperial Dade will continue under the leadership of Robert and Jason Tillis, Chairman and CEO respectively, who remain significant investors in the business alongside the current management team.  Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.

Advent International to Acquire a Significant Stake in Imperial Dade, a Leading North American Distributor of Food Service Packaging and Janitorial Supplies, from Bain Capital Private Equity

Founded in 1935 and based in Jersey City, NJ, Imperial Dade is a leading independently owned and operated distributor of foodservice packaging, facilities maintenance supplies, floor equipment, and industrial packaging serving North America, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean.  With approximately 6,400 employees, Imperial Dade provides customized supply chain solutions to customers in the foodservice, grocery, hospitality, cruise lines, healthcare, retail, government, facilities maintenance, and export market segments.  Imperial Dade operates from a network of strategically located distribution centers totaling over 10.2 million square feet of warehouse space across North America  and serves more than 90,000 customers.

“When we invested in Imperial Dade three years ago, we had a shared vision with the Tillis Family that there was an enormous opportunity to build on the strong foundation they had created and to create an industry leader focused on best-in-class customer service.  Under their leadership, Imperial Dade has become the preeminent platform in North America that quality, independent operators are proud to join.  Now we are excited to continue to support Imperial Dade’s growth journey with our new partners at Advent, with whom Bain Capital has successfully collaborated in the past,” said Ken Hanau, a Managing Director and Co-Head of Industrials at Bain Capital Private Equity.

Since 2019, Imperial Dade’s revenue has increased from $2 billion to $5 billion as a result of organic growth and the acquisition of regional distributors expanding their geographic reach and customer service capabilities in North America.  In March 2022, Imperial Dade reached an agreement to acquire Veritiv Canada, Inc. to extend its presence into Canada.

“Customers are at the core of all we do as we work to provide the best possible solutions through the products and services we offer,” said Jason Tillis.  “We appreciate the support and partnership Bain Capital has provided as we have expanded our business and customer mix tremendously, and we look forward to working with Advent as we continue to expand our platform,” said Robert Tillis.

“We are thrilled to partner with Jason and Robert Tillis and the entire Imperial Dade management team, along with Manny Perez de la Mesa, Bain Capital and Audax, to support Imperial Dade’s next chapter of growth.  Imperial Dade has developed a truly differentiated value proposition based on its best-in-class service and industry-leading product portfolio.  We look forward to continuing to serve the Company’s stakeholders, including its thousands of valued customers, its employees, and the communities in which it operates,” said Stephen Hoffmeister, a Managing Director at Advent International.

“I’m proud to partner with Jason and Robert Tillis, as they’ve built a terrific platform providing exceptional value to Imperial Dade customers and suppliers, while providing exceptional opportunities for its employees.  I am very much looking forward to continuing to support the business as it embarks on the next phase of its growth,” said Perez de la Mesa, lead director of Imperial Dade and former CEO of Pool Corporation.

Audax Private Equity, which invested in Imperial Dade in 2016, also continues to be a significant investor in Imperial Dade.

Harris Williams and Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC are serving as financial advisors, PwC is serving as accounting advisor, and Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as legal advisor, to Bain Capital and Imperial Dade.  Baird is serving as financial advisor, and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is serving as legal advisor to Advent.

About Imperial Dade
Imperial Dade is the leading independently owned and operated distributor of foodservice packaging, facilities maintenance supplies and equipment in North America.
Learn more at www.imperialdade.com

About Advent International
Founded in 1984, Advent International is one of the largest and most experienced global private equity investors. The firm has invested in over 390 private equity investments across 41 countries, and as of December 31, 2021, had $88 billion in assets under management. Advent has considerable experience in distribution, having previously supported market leaders such as ABC Supply, MORSCO Inc., Distribution International, Rubix and Caldic. With 15 offices in 12 countries, Advent has established a globally integrated team of over 250 investment professionals across North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. The firm focuses on investments in five core sectors, including business and financial services; healthcare; industrial; retail, consumer and leisure; and technology. For over 35 years, Advent has been dedicated to international investing and remains committed to partnering with management teams to deliver sustained revenue and earnings growth for its portfolio companies.

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About Bain Capital Private Equity
Bain Capital Private Equity has partnered closely with management teams to provide the strategic resources that build great companies and help them thrive since its founding in 1984. Bain Capital Private Equity’s global team of more than 250 investment professionals creates value for its portfolio companies through its global platform and depth of expertise in key vertical industries including healthcare, consumer/retail, financial and business services, industrials, and technology, media and telecommunications. Bain Capital has 22 offices on four continents. The firm has made primary or add-on investments in more than 1,000 companies since its inception. In addition to private equity, Bain Capital invests across asset classes including credit, public equity, venture capital and real estate, managing approximately $160 billion in total and leveraging the firm’s shared platform to capture opportunities in strategic areas of focus.

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EQT Exeter expands US multifamily team with the acquisition of Redwood Capital Group

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EQT AB (publ) (“EQT”) has reached an agreement to acquire Redwood Capital Group (“RCG”), a residential core plus and value-add investment manager headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, USA, strengthening EQT Exeter’s position as a global leader across sheds, beds and meds.

Strategic rationale

  • As a vertically integrated, geographic- and sector-focused specialist, the combination of EQT Exeter’s multifamily group with RCG will enable expanded deal flow, allowing the combined team to pursue the highest performing opportunities in the US with experienced professionals across 10 offices
  • RCG’s in-house property management expertise will enhance EQT Exeter’s unique vertical integration and provide expanded services to residents; RCG also brings digital analytics to improve investment and asset management decisions
  • Over more than 15 years, RCG has successfully executed 79 transactions in the US, spanning core plus and value-add strategies, and their deep sector expertise and strong reputation, coupled with EQT Exeter’s world-class in-house residential development team, will improve insight on buy versus build decisions
  • EQT Exeter and RCG share similar investment philosophies and operating platforms, including a strong commitment to sustainability; EQT Exeter is developing multifamily buildings that are Fitwel and LEED certified, including the first Fitwel certified residential building in Philadelphia
  • RCG will leverage EQT Exeter’s existing client relationships and broad international platform, including fundraising capabilities, sustainability efforts, and operational strengths
  • As the largest real estate sector in the US, residential is highly scalable, with positive renter demographics and sustainable growth characteristics, resulting in resilient returns

Founded in 2007 by David Carlson and Mark Isaacson, RCG is a vertically integrated, core plus and value-oriented residential investment management firm, deeply experienced in all operating areas, including acquisition, asset management, construction management and property management. RCG, which has approximately 35 corporate employees, has successfully executed 79 multifamily investments in high-growth US markets, including 48 realized investments that achieved in excess of 2x equity returns across more than 22,000 units. RCG investments comprise deal-by-deal joint ventures on behalf of multiple institutional clients, including global fund sponsors, insurance companies and family offices.

The RCG team will combine with EQT Exeter’s existing US multifamily team, complementing EQT Exeter’s immense development capabilities in the space. The EQT Exeter multifamily team, led by Bryan Lamb, has focused on value-add strategies, primarily with development opportunities located in strong medical, educational, and technical hubs across the US.

Together, RCG and the EQT Exeter Multifamily team have completed transactions totaling USD 5 billion GAV, including over USD 1 billion of high-rise, mid-rise and garden-stye development projects. Following this combination, EQT Exeter’s expanded multifamily team will consist of nearly 55 experienced investment professionals, in addition to RCG’s in-house property management team, making EQT Exeter one of the strongest vertically integrated real estate firms. With expertise in acquisitions, asset management, property management and construction and development across 10 US cities, the combination will further EQT Exeter’s local-with-locals offering with dedicated residential expertise. The new group will be led by RCG’s co-founder, David Carlson, who will report directly to Ward Fitzgerald, head of EQT Exeter. The integrated team will build on the existing successful approach of acquiring and developing residential properties across value-add and core plus strategies and intends to pursue diverse residential strategies in sectors including multifamily, student housing, workforce housing and self-storage.

Ward Fitzgerald, Partner and Head of EQT Exeter, said, “I am thrilled to welcome David, Mark and the RCG team to EQT Exeter. RCG’s strong cultural fit, impressive performance, aligned investment approach and similar commitment to sustainability make them the ideal partners as we continue to establish EQT Exeter as a global geo-sector leader across sheds, beds, and meds. Expanding our multifamily offering is a crucial step in our growth, and this combination offers a fantastic opportunity to build on the significant track records of both our firms, as we develop one of the leading residential real estate businesses in the US.”

David Carlson, Co-Founder and CIO of Redwood Capital Group, said, “When Mark Isaacson and I founded RCG over 15 years ago, our goal was to create one of the premier real estate investment management platforms in the industry. We are proud of what our people, track record and culture have allowed us to achieve and believe that with this combination with the EQT Exeter multifamily team, and the backing of EQT AB, we will continue to fulfill that vision”

RCG has approximately 35 full-time employees that will join EQT Exeter and is estimated to generate below USD 10 million in revenues during 2022. The transaction is not deemed to have a material impact on EQT AB’s financial numbers and will not add any assets under management to EQT AB at closing. Closing on the transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions including third party consents, is expected to take place by Q3 2022.

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About EQT
EQT is a purpose-driven global investment organization focused on active ownership strategies. With a Nordic heritage and a global mindset, EQT has a track record of almost three decades of delivering consistent and attractive returns across multiple geographies, sectors and strategies. EQT has investment strategies covering all phases of a business’ development, from start-up to maturity. EQT today has EUR 77 billion in assets under management across 36 active funds within two business segments – Private Capital and Real Assets.

With its roots in the Wallenberg family’s entrepreneurial mindset and philosophy of long-term ownership, EQT is guided by a set of strong values and a distinct corporate culture. EQT manages and advises funds and vehicles that invest across the world with the mission to future-proof companies, generate attractive returns and make a positive impact with everything EQT does.

The EQT AB Group comprises EQT AB (publ) and its direct and indirect subsidiaries, which include general partners and fund managers of EQT funds as well as entities advising EQT funds. EQT has offices in 23 countries across Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas and has more than 1,300 employees.

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About EQT Exeter
EQT Exeter is a global real estate solutions provider serving corporate and consumer tenants with scope and scale. EQT Exeter is among the largest real estate investment managers in the world, focused on acquiring, developing and managing logistics/industrial, office, life science and residential properties in Europe, the Americas and Asia. EQT Exeter was created through the combination of EQT Real Estate and Exeter Property Group.

A global leader in sheds, beds, and meds, EQT Exeter currently oversees a portfolio totaling over 350 million square feet across 1,800 buildings, while executing a tenant-centric strategy. The EQT Exeter Team comprises more than 300 experienced professionals operating in 44 offices around the globe. Together, they have consummated over 850 real estate investments. As part of EQT, the team leverages the firm’s industry-leading sustainability credentials and framework and in-house digitalization skills to generate increased value for its investor clients.

About Redwood Capital Group
Established in 2007, Redwood Capital Group has acquired, renovated and repositioned more than 22,000 units encompassing 79 individual multifamily investment properties. RCG has invested in excess of USD 1 billion of equity on behalf of world-class institutions, life companies, global fund sponsors and family offices. RCG has an exceptional track record built on the experience and dedication of their highly competent real estate professionals. The firm’s core plus and value-add investments are sourced in a differentiated set of target cities and regions, backed by a proprietary data-driven model that incorporates up to 24 metrics by market, including multiple demographic trends and a diversified, and durable employment base.

More info: www.redwoodcapgroup.com

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KKR Grows Self-Storage Portfolio With Five New Acquisitions

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– KKR, a leading global investment firm, today announced the acquisition of five new self-storage properties totaling approximately 4,100 units for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $98 million. The properties were acquired from four different sellers in three separate transactions and are located in: Phoenix, Arizona; Dallas, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; and Palm City, Florida.

“We continue to expand our portfolio of high-quality self-storage properties across Sunbelt markets that are experiencing strong population growth and in-migration,” said Ben Brudney, a Director in the Real Estate group at KKR. “We track sector fundamentals closely and believe these assets are located in submarkets that are well positioned to benefit from outsized demand over the medium to long term.”

The purchases were made through KKR’s Americas opportunistic equity real estate fund, KKR Real Estate Partners Americas III.

Since launching a dedicated real estate platform in 2011, KKR has grown its real estate assets under management to approximately $59 billion across the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific as of March 31, 2021. KKR’s global real estate team consists of over 135 dedicated investment professionals, spanning both the equity and credit business, across 13 offices and 10 countries.

About KKR
KKR is a leading global investment firm that offers alternative asset management as well as capital markets and insurance solutions. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and supporting growth in its portfolio companies and communities. KKR sponsors investment funds that invest in private equity, credit and real assets and has strategic partners that manage hedge funds. KKR’s insurance subsidiaries offer retirement, life and reinsurance products under the management of Global Atlantic Financial Group. References to KKR’s investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds and insurance subsidiaries. For additional information about KKR & Co. Inc. (NYSE: KKR), please visit KKR’s website at www.kkr.com and on Twitter @KKR_Co.

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Nordstjernan issues call options in Alligo

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The chairman of the board of Alligo AB (publ), Göran Näsholm, has acquired call options for shares in Alligo. The call options were issued on market-based terms by Alligo’s principal owner, Nordstjernan AB. The call options do not entail any dilution for the other shareholders. Alligo is not participating in the issue of the call options and will not be charged with any related costs.

Peter Hofvenstam
President and CEO
Nordstjernan AB

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Peter Hofvenstam, CEO, Nordstjernan
E-mail: peter.hofvenstam@nordstjernan.se

Stefan Stern, Head of Communications, Nordstjernan
Telephone: +46 70 636 74 17
E-mail: stefan.stern@nordstjernan.se

Nordstjernan is a family-controlled investment company whose business concept is to be an active owner that creates long-term value growth. More information about Nordstjernan can be found on www.nordstjernan.se.

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Active Capital Company invests in German machine building company LIEB

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The new phase for the family business enables succession and continues growth in the semiconductor industry

Active Capital Company (ACC) acquired the shares of Werner Lieb GmbH & Co KG (LIEB). LIEB is a German machine building company and a specialist in developing and manufacturing automation solutions with a focus on the semiconductor industry. With this next platform investment, ACC is expanding its portfolio in Germany whilst leveraging on its hands-on investment approach and strong track record in investing in machine building companies.

Expand and internationalise offering for the semiconductor industry

Hartwig Ostermeyer, partner at ACC: “We believe that LIEB has an excellent position to grow with the increasing demand for chip production capacity, especially in Europe. LIEB is standing for more than 60 years of highest German machine building expertise and has built an excellent reputation and customer base in the semiconductor industry in recent years”. ACC sees huge potential in further innovation and internationalisation. “LIEB has an impressive innovation pipeline, and we will invest in commercialisation and offering these solutions to an international customer base.

Secure company succession of family-owned SME

Steffen Lieb, previous co-shareholder of Lieb: ”We started this process to sort out a succession plan and have found not only a trustworthy new shareholder but a true partner, who will actively support LIEB in realising its strategic ambitions.” His brother and previous co-shareholder Michael Lieb added: “We have been impressed by the technical expertise, the entrepreneurship and active approach and we are convinced that ACC is the right partner for our family-heritage.

About LIEB

LIEB, based in Rödental, Germany, was founded in 1955 by Werner Lieb, the grandfather of the current managing partners Steffen and Michael Lieb. After the sudden death of the company founder in 1982, the company was continued by his son, Dieter Lieb, until 2006. At the beginning of 2007, he transferred the management of the company to his two sons. Core competence is to engineer and produce specialised automation machinery increasing efficiency and quality in high precision production processes. In recent years the company has specialised in automation solutions for the semiconductor industry and these machines are used by leading chip manufacturers worldwide. www.werner-lieb.de

About Active Capital Company

ACC is an independent hands-on private equity investor focused on small and medium sized enterprises in the Netherlands and Germany. ACC invests in companies active in the sectors Industry, Technical Wholesale and Business Services with revenues between € 10m and € 100m. Through a highly entrepreneurial and active approach, ACC maximises the long-term value of its investments by supporting management in the execution of value enhancing projects and providing access to its extensive partner network. ACC currently invests from its fourth fund and started its German operations in 2019 with the investment in and successful transformation of SchahlLED. ACC has offices in Amsterdam and Munich. www.activecapitalcompany.com

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Lodha Announces US $1 billion Green Digital Infrastructure Partnership with Ivanhoé Cambridge and Bain Capital

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Mumbai, May 11, 2022 – Lodha, India’s No.1* real estate developer, today announced a partnership with Bain Capital and Ivanhoé Cambridge to develop a next-generation green digital infrastructure platform. The platform will establish a pan-India presence in the digital infrastructure space that includes logistics and light industrial parks as well as in-city fulfillment centers. The platform will jointly invest ~USD 1 billion to create ~30 million sq. ft. of operating assets to serve India’s digital economy. Each of the 3 partners will have a ~33% equity interest in the property ownership, whilst Lodha will lead the development, operations and management of the assets.

Commenting on the partnership, Abhishek Lodha, MD & CEO, Lodha said; “With the rapid digitization of our economy and the progress of ‘Make in India’ combined with the China + 1 strategy of most global manufacturers, we see that there is a huge demand for Grade-A digital infrastructure in our country. Following the government’s focus on improving logistics efficiency and creating jobs in different parts of the country, the platform will plan the development of industrial and logistics parks as well in-city fulfillment centers across multiple cities in India. And we will focus on building and operating this infrastructure to the highest levels of environmental sustainability with the view to creating a global benchmark. We’re delighted to expand our partnership with 2 marquee global investors –  Ivanhoé Cambridge and Bain Capital, who bring extensive experience in this asset class and dedicated resources to support the growth of this platform.”

The first project is a 110-acre logistics and industrial park development at Palava, an established location for digital infrastructure in Mumbai. Additionally, the platform has already started looking at the pan-India acquisitions of land and developed/ under-development projects in these asset classes.

“This is an exciting partnership that brings together an experienced real estate developer with deep digital infrastructure capabilities with the complementary support of global investors with long track records of success in commercial real estate,” said Ali Haroon, a Managing Director at Bain Capital. “We see a sustained, thematic opportunity to support India’s journey to a digital-first economy with high-quality infrastructure, which we believe can have a very positive impact on communities, consumers and businesses throughout the country” he added.

“This partnership opens up new perspectives for expansion of our logistics portfolio in India, a high conviction thesis well supported by strong sector fundamentals as India enters a digital super cycle”, commented Chanakya Chakravarti, Vice President & Managing Director, India, at Ivanhoé Cambridge. “We believe the Indian logistics ecosystem continues to offer opportunities driven by positive trends in urbanization, domestic consumption, new impetus to the light manufacturing sector, modernizing multi-modal infrastructure and the rapidly evolving e-commerce sector, which remains largely underpenetrated, compared to other major economies globally. We look forward to expanding our logistics footprint by leveraging Lodha’s proprietary in-city sites, access to land pads in key warehousing nodes and their execution capabilities. The new partnership potentially enables Ivanhoé Cambridge access to near city logistics opportunities as operators pivot to establish same day delivery solutions thus creating differentiated value in our portfolio construct and its scale”, he added.

Bain Capital is a leading global investment platform with deep experience supporting the development of best-in-class logistics, industrial, warehousing and digital assets. Real estate is a core focus of Bain Capital Asia’s Special Situation business and this transaction follows the firm’s approach to building value-added partnerships with skilled local developers.

Ivanhoé Cambridge, a global real estate industry leader and subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), a global investment group, is involved in developing and investing in high-quality real estate properties.

Lodha is already developing 300 acres of Industrial and Logistics Park near Navi Mumbai, which is almost completely leased out. The company had recently announced a JV with Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing (MSREI) for developing 72 acres at the park.  The park is home to global clients such as FM Logistic, Flyjac Logistics, Aptar Pharma and many more, testifying the unique proposition of Grade-A industrial and warehousing park with high-quality infrastructure.

* By residential sales for FY 16-22

About Lodha: 
Lodha is among the largest real estate developer in India that delivers with scale since 1980s. Core business of Lodha is residential real estate development with a focus on affordable and mid-income housing. The company also has a growing industrial & logistics park business where in a short span of time, it has scaled up and made its mark with JVs already signed with marquee investors. Lodha has delivered more than 85 million square feet of real estate and is currently developing ~95 million square feet under its ongoing and planned portfolio. The Group has approximately 4,400 acres of land beyond its ongoing and planned portfolio which will be utilized in developing further Residential, Commercial and Industrial & Logistics spaces. Thriving at building the world’s finest developments, Lodha has created several iconic landmarks across the MMR notable among which are The World Towers, Lodha Altamount, Lodha Park, Lodha New Cuffe Parade and Palava City.

About Bain Capital:  
Bain Capital is a global private investment firm with offices on four continents, more than 1,350 employees and approximately $160 billion in assets under management. Bain Capital’s Special Situations has $15 billion in assets under management and has invested $28 billion since its founding. We provide bespoke capital solutions to meet the diverse needs of companies, entrepreneurs and asset owners – in all market cycles. We partner with companies through their growth journey to raise capital for expansion or M&A, to provide liquidity or for capital structure change. Our dedicated, global team of 100 investment and portfolio professionals contribute the local expertise and capabilities that enable complex investments across markets and cycles.

About Ivanhoé Cambridge:     
Ivanhoé Cambridge develops and invests in high-quality real estate properties, projects and companies that are shaping the urban fabric in dynamic cities around the world. It does so responsibly, with a view to generate long-term performance. Ivanhoé Cambridge is committed to creating living spaces that foster the well-being of people and communities, while reducing its environmental footprint.
Ivanhoé Cambridge invests internationally alongside strategic partners and major real estate funds that are leaders in their markets. Through subsidiaries and partnerships, the Company holds interests in more than 1,200 buildings, primarily in the industrial and logistics, office, residential and retail sectors. Ivanhoé Cambridge held C$69 billion in real estate assets of December 31, 2021 and is a real estate subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (cdpq.com), a global investment group. For more information: ivanhoecambridge.com

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Ardian acquires a stake in Nutripure, a digital brand specializing in sports nutrition and food supplements

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Ardian, a world-leading private investment house, announced today that it has acquired a stake in Nutripure, with Bpifrance completing the financing round. Founded at the end of 2017 by two brothers, Christophe Carrio, five-time world karate champion, and Florent Carrio, Nutripure is a Digital Native Vertical Brand (DNVB), which develops and distributes food supplements and organic superfoods, mostly via its own website.

Nutripure has experienced strong growth of over 90% per year since its creation and has been profitable since its inception. The company is becoming a leader in its market, notably due to its unique positioning covering a variety of sports and health needs. The brand is recognized by consumers for its premium quality, relying on naturality, purity and traceability of components, with all of its products manufactured in France.

Initially created to address the needs of professional athletes, Nutripure is now targeting anyone wishing to take care of their health. The depth of the offering is materialized by four categories of products: Health & Metabolism, Muscle Gain & Endurance, Tendons & Ligaments, and Healthy Nutrition. The brand offers a growing range of products dedicated to specific needs, including sleep quality, stress reduction, joints care, blood circulation improvement, which now represent the majority of the company’s revenues.

Ardian’s investment in Nutripure will allow the company to prepare for the next phase of its development, while maintaining its strong growth trajectory. Ardian Growth’s team, with its investment track record in the sector, will provide Nutripure with access to its vast network. The team will work with the founders on the company strategic pillars, including product development, marketing positioning, sales channel optimization, as well as the company’s internal organization. Bpifrance will also contribute to the plan by providing its support services.

“We are very happy to join Florent and Christophe Carrio in this new step of the Nutripure’s development. This company and its founders are fully in line with Ardian Growth’s DNA, with a profitable growth model and a committed vision. Our investment in Nutripure will allow us to provide the founders with our expertise in e-commerce business models, as well as in the health sector and dietary supplements in particular.” Frédéric Quéru, Managing Director in Ardian’s Growth team

“In four years, Nutripure has succeeded in becoming a reference brand in the sector. Ardian’s and Bpifrance’s investment reflects our desire to secure future growth while remaining a majority stakeholder. Our mission to help everyone achieve their personal or sporting goals remains unchanged, just like the team of athletes we are supporting for Paris 2024.” Florent Carrio, Founder of Nutripure and CEO

“High level performance is always associated with three core principles: willpower – fundamentals – a progressive and rational application. I have been applying these principles personally for the past three decades and my brother and I have been passing this on and sharing this with the Nutripure community. Ardian’s and Bpifrance’s entry will allow us to progress and reach more people by helping them to make progress while improving their health.” Christophe Carrio, Founder of Nutripure

“Supporting an ambitious e-commerce player in a booming market with an authentic brand is fully in line with Bpifrance’s mission. Nutripure and its founders embody values that we hold dear. We are proud to invest alongside Ardian Growth, an investor specializing in the sector, and to support Florent and Christophe in the development of this unique player!” Arnaud Despoisse, Senior Investment Manager at Bpifrance

List of Participants

  • Ardian

    • Ardian Growth: Frédéric Quéru, Kevin Delvas
    • Bpifrance: Christine Busque, Arnaud Despoisse
    • Financial advisor: Crowe HAF (Thomas Corbineau, Julien Latrubesse, Thyl Bourgeois, Martin Lecina)
    • Transactional legal advisor: Gaftarnik Lévi Le Douarin (Mickaël Levi, Sarah Mobtahij)
    • Social legal advisor: Lys Avocats (Siham Belarbi, Chloé Van Parys)
    • Tax advisor: Mamou & Boccara (Laurent Mamou, Camille Stofati, Margot Mantez)
    • Strategic advisor: Digital Value (Arnaud de Baynast, Romain Bury)
  • Nutripure

    • Nutripure: Florent Carrio, Christophe Carrio
    • Merchant bank: Potomac Transactions (Sébastien Drouot, Ahmed Soibah Eddine)
    • Financial advisor: Exelmans (Manuel Manas, Thierry Willemin)
    • Legal advisor: Apollo Avocats (Guillaume de Ternay, Emmanuelle Prost, Quentin Nicodex)
    • Financing advisor: Caisse d’Epargne Languedoc Rousillon (Cedric Thoma, Yan Lagoutte)

ABOUT ARDIAN

Ardian is a world-leading private investment house with assets of US$125 billion managed or advised in Europe, the Americas and Asia. The company is majority-owned by its employees. It keeps entrepreneurship at its heart and focuses on delivering excellent investment performance to its global investor base. Through its commitment to shared outcomes for all stakeholders, Ardian’s activities fuel individual, corporate and economic growth around the world. Holding close its core values of excellence, loyalty and entrepreneurship, Ardian maintains a truly global network, with more than 880 employees working from fifteen offices across Europe (Frankfurt, Jersey, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Paris and Zurich), the Americas (New York, San Francisco and Santiago) and Asia (Beijing, Singapore, Tokyo and Seoul). It manages funds on behalf of more than 1,200 clients through five pillars of investment expertise: Secondaries, Direct Funds, Infrastructure, Real Estate and Private Debt.

ABOUT NUTRIPURE

It was at the end of 2017 that NUTRIPURE made its entry into the food supplement market. NUTRIPURE achieved a very successful start thanks to the fame and expertise of its founder, Christophe Carrio. A five-time world champion in artistic karate, Christophe has been sharing his training and nutritional advice for over 20 years within the CTS Method, which is followed by nearly 300,000 people on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube. The Method is part of a global approach based on the “foundations of health”, unavoidable principles: Sleep better/Breathe better/Move better/Eat better/Think better.
Not able to find a product offering that was meeting his level of requirement in the current market, Christophe decided to found NUTRIPURE with the help of his brother Florent. NUTRIPURE’s approach is honest, without false promises: customers are encouraged to resume good eating habits and then to accompany this process by taking supplements. The values that drive Nutripure are operational excellence, authenticity and sharing.

ABOUT BPIFRANCE

Bpifrance Investissement is the management company that handles Bpifrance’s equity investments. Bpifrance is the French national investment bank: it finances businesses – at every stage of their development – through loans, guarantees, equity investments and export insurances. Bpifrance also provides extra financial services (training, consultancy) to help entrepreneurs meet their challenges (innovation, export…).

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Paddle raises $200m to supercharge SaaS companies’ global growth

KKR
  • The investment, at a valuation of $1.4bn, follows a period of rapid growth for the payments infrastructure company
  • The round is led by KKR with participation from existing investors FTV Capital, 83North, Notion Capital, Kindred Capital, with additional financing from Silicon Valley Bank 
  • Founded in the UK, Paddle will use the investment to accelerate its global expansion amid rapidly growing demand from scaling Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies

London, Tuesday 10th May: Paddle, the provider of a complete payments infrastructure for SaaS companies, today announces it has raised $200m in Series D equity and debt financing at a valuation of $1.4bn, making it the UK’s latest unicorn. Led by KKR, a leading global investment firm, with participation from existing investors FTV Capital, 83North, Notion Capital, Kindred Capital, and debt financing from Silicon Valley Bank, the investment brings the total Paddle has raised to date to $293m.

Paddle will use this investment to strengthen the growth of its platform and to meet the market opportunity that exists for a complete payment infrastructure provider for software companies globally, which will assist in enabling them to scale and sell their products faster, with less risk and lower costs.

SaaS companies are experiencing a period of sustained growth, a trend that was accelerated by the surge in digital transformation during the Covid-19 pandemic and is set to continue as businesses and consumers become ever more used to using digital tools like Zoom to communicate, Miro to collaborate, or Canva to create. The SaaS sector, which was worth $397 billion in 2021, is expected to grow to $692 billion in 2025.*

SaaS companies now have an incredible opportunity to compete and sell their products in any market in the world, but to do so they must also manage payments and operations across multiple geographies and navigate an increasingly complex web of local and international tax and data regulations.

By integrating checkout, payment, subscription management, invoicing, international taxes and financial compliance processes, Paddle offers SaaS companies a completely different approach to payments infrastructure. Instead of assembling and maintaining a complex stack of payments-related apps and services, Paddle acts as a merchant of record for its customers. This enables sellers to activate new business models and enter new markets faster, more easily and with fewer operational and compliance issues.

Paddle’s complete payments infrastructure is used by over 3,000 software companies in more than 200 markets worldwide. With a suite of new platform features and integrations – including the announcement of an alternative In-App Purchasing (IAP) system for iOS developers – as well as rapid international expansion, Paddle has more than doubled its revenue growth since November 2020, contributing to an impressive average annual revenue growth of over 175% over the last four years. It has also scaled its team from 140 to 275 across offices in London and New York, with more hires expected to match its acceleration as a business.

Christian Owens, CEO and co-founder of Paddle, said: “The opportunity in software is enormous, with tens of thousands of incredibly innovative businesses bringing great products to market every year. Unfortunately, many SaaS companies still find their growth hindered by the operational challenges that arise when scaling; from handling subscriptions management or tax compliance to localizing payment options in every market. Paddle was created to remove these invisible barriers so that SaaS companies can just focus on building and selling software. 2021 was a fantastic year for us, but we are only just getting started. We have big plans for 2022 and beyond and we’re delighted to have the backing of so many fantastic investors who all share our vision.”

Patrick Devine, Director at KKR, added: “Paddle is solving a significant pain point for thousands of SaaS companies by reducing the friction and costs associated with managing payments infrastructure and tax compliance. By simplifying the payments stack, Paddle enables faster, more sustainable growth for SaaS businesses. Christian and the team have done a phenomenal job building a category-defining business in this space, and we are excited to be supporting them as they embark on the next phase of growth.”

KKR’s investment was made through its growth equity fund, Next Generation Technology Growth Fund II.

About Paddle:
Paddle helps SaaS companies grow faster with fewer distractions. Instead of wasting time, money, and resources assembling, maintaining, securing, and constantly updating a ‘best of breed’ payments stack, Paddle does it all.

Because Paddle is a SaaS merchant of record, it takes away 100% of the payments complexity—handling all payment routing, tax collection, compliance, invoicing, subscription management, renewals, reporting, and fraud protection.

Paddle has 275 employees serving over 3,000 software sellers in 245 countries and territories globally. Backed by investors including KKR, FTV Capital, Kindred, Notion, and 83North, Paddle aims to define the next wave of B2B SaaS leaders. Visit www.paddle.com or www.twitter.com/PaddleHQ for more information.

About KKR
KKR is a leading global investment firm that offers alternative asset management as well as capital markets and insurance solutions. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and supporting growth in its portfolio companies and communities. KKR sponsors investment funds that invest in private equity, credit and real assets and has strategic partners that manage hedge funds. KKR’s insurance subsidiaries offer retirement, life and reinsurance products under the management of Global Atlantic Financial Group. References to KKR’s investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds and insurance subsidiaries. For additional information about KKR & Co. Inc. (NYSE: KKR), please visit KKR’s website at www.kkr.com and on Twitter @KKR_Co.

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KKR Prices $750,000,000 of 4.850% Senior Notes Due 2032

KKR

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– KKR & Co. Inc. (“KKR”) (NYSE: KKR) today announced that it has priced an offering of $750,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 4.850% Senior Notes due 2032 (the “notes”) issued by KKR Group Finance Co.XII LLC, its indirect subsidiary. The notes are to be fully and unconditionally guaranteed by KKR & Co. Inc. and KKR Group Partnership L.P.

KKR intends to use the net proceeds from the sale of the notes for general corporate purposes.

The notes will be offered and sold to qualified institutional buyers in the United States pursuant to Rule 144A and outside the United States pursuant to Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).

The notes have not been registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state laws.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to purchase the notes or any other securities, and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. This press release is being issued pursuant to and in accordance with Rule 135c under the Securities Act.

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BDC exits HKA

Bridgepoint

Bridgepoint Development Capital (‘BDC’) today announced the sale of HKA, a leading global consultancy in risk mitigation and dispute resolution, to PAI Partners.

Headquartered in the United Kingdom, HKA provides a comprehensive set of specialist offerings, including Expert, Claims and Advisory services for the capital projects and infrastructure sector. The Company has over 130 partners and more than 1,000 experts, consultants and advisors across 40+ offices in 18 countries.

HKA works with law firms, contractors, owners, operators, and other professional service providers across the breadth of the risk mitigation and dispute resolution market. The Company’s global portfolio includes some of the world’s largest and most prestigious commissions across a wide range of industries including industrial & manufacturing, power & utilities, resources and energy transition, transportation infrastructure, buildings, technology, financial services and government contracts.

Under Bridgepoint’s ownership, HKA has seen significant growth in its Claims, Dispute Resolution and Litigation Support business and successfully developed new service lines, including its offerings in Forensic Technical Services and Forensic Accounting and Commercial Damages. The Company significantly expanded its US operations through the transformational acquisition of The Kenrich Group in 2019, creating the region’s largest construction claims consultancy as well as significantly strengthening HKA’s global capabilities in forensics, commercial damages and government contract services. In 2020, the Company bolstered its Forensic Technical Services offering by acquiring Probyn Miers, the UK’s leading firm of Expert Architects in the field of Construction Dispute Avoidance and Resolution.

PAI will support HKA’s management team in delivering their future growth plans, including accelerating HKA’s growth through development into adjacent services and through selective and targeted M&A opportunities.

“HKA has been a successful investment for Bridgepoint. Working closely with management, together we built significant value by establishing a strong partnership culture, focusing on strategic geographic markets and undertaking selective M&A as well as a comprehensive operational improvement programme. These initiatives mean that the business is now well positioned for further growth under new ownership,” said Jeannele M’Bembath, Director at Bridgepoint Development Capital.

Renny Borhan, CEO of HKA, commented: “I am extremely proud of the successes the team at HKA has achieved to date, and I am very thankful for Bridgepoint’s support and expertise over the last five years. We are very excited to be partnering with PAI Partners in the next phase of our growth.”

Neil McIlroy, Partner at PAI Partners, added: “HKA is uniquely positioned in the large and fragmented risk mitigation and dispute resolution market, with attractive long term growth prospects. We look forward to supporting Renny and his talented team as they pursue organic and inorganic initiatives to deliver their ambitious business strategy.”

PAI Partners was advised by Rothschild & Co. and DC Advisory (M&A); Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (Legal); Alvarez & Marsal (Financial); and Bain & Company (Commercial).

Bridgepoint was advised by J.P. Morgan (M&A); Travers Smith (Legal); BDO (Financial); and OC&C (Commercial).

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.

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