Carlyle Credit Opportunities Fund Provides Entire €140 Million Debut Debt Financing Package for Unifrutti Group


Funds to Refinance Existing Debt and Fuel Expansion Projects

LONDON  Global investment firm The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) today announced that its Carlyle Credit Opportunities Fund has provided the entire €140 million debt financing package for Unifrutti, having subscribed to 100 percent of Unifrutti’s debut debt issuance. The global producer, marketer and distributor of fresh fruit, owned by the De Nadai family, intends to use the funds to refinance existing debt facilities and support its expansion plans.

Carlyle’s Credit Opportunities Fund is a $2.4 billion fund that invests in directly originated private capital solutions primarily for upper middle market borrowers, including non-private equity sponsored, family or entrepreneur-owned companies.

Taj Sidhu, Managing Director and Head of Carlyle’s European Credit Opportunities advisory team, said, “Carlyle’s global team, with deep expertise in key markets around the world, was critical to our ability to identify and underwrite this deal for Unifrutti, one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of fruit products.”

Nicola Falcinelli, Managing Director of Carlyle’s European Credit Opportunities advisory team, said, “We are pleased to support Unifrutti’s continued expansion as it meets growing demand for high-quality, fresh fruit. In addition to providing this financing package, we will work closely with the Company as a strategic partner to support potential acquisitions and growth projects as opportunities arise.”

Marco Venturelli, Group CEO of Unifrutti, said, “We have big ambitions and we believe that Carlyle is the ideal financial partner to support our expansion projects across the globe. There is a positive outlook in the fresh fruit market and we will continue consolidating our leadership position with the objective of creating value for our shareholders.”

An 18-person team based in New York and London advises the Carlyle Credit Opportunities Fund, and invests across the capital structure through a combination of secured loans, senior subordinated debt, mezzanine debt, convertible notes and other debt-like instruments, as well as preferred and common equity. The fund benefits from proprietary investment opportunities originating from within Carlyle and the firm’s global resources and operating expertise.

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About The Carlyle Group
The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) is a global investment firm with deep industry expertise that deploys private capital across four business segments: Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Credit and Investment Solutions. With $223 billion of assets under management as of June 30, 2019, Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, portfolio companies and the communities in which we live and invest. The Carlyle Group employs more than 1,775 people in 33 offices across six continents.

About Unifrutti Group
Unifrutti is a global producer, marketer and distributor of high quality fresh fruit. The company plants, harvests, ripens, packages, stores, ships and distributes a wide selection of fruit varieties to over 500 customers in 50 countries. It is one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of bananas, apples, grape, lemons and other fruit products. Unifrutti sources primarily in Chile, the Philippines, South Africa and Europe.  Most of the production is coming from owned and managed farms or from partner producers. Unifrutti was founded in 1948 by the Italian De Nadai family (the “Sponsor”) which remains the 100% shareholder of the business.

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The Carlyle Group
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JOHBECO acquires the Finnish fish and seafood specialist Arvo Kokkonen


The Swedish fresh food specialist group JOHBECO, which includes Johan i Hallen and Bergfalk & Co, strengthens its position in Finland by acquiring the Finnish fish and seafood specialist Arvo Kokkonen Oy. Thanks to this partnership, Arvo Kokkonen can now also offer its customers in Finland a complete range of high-quality meat and delicatessen products.

Arvo Kokkonen offers a complete range of fresh and frozen fish and seafood products and holds a strong position in Finland, having been operating in this sector for 40 years. The aim is to offer a varied assortment of environmentally certified products to customers throughout Finland. Arvo Kokkonen is established in Vantaa, just outside Helsinki, and Nurmes, in eastern Finland. Thousands of kilos of fish and seafood are transported daily from Vantaa to restaurants, shops and wholesalers. Thanks to its facility at Nurmes, located beside a lake, the company has access to a variety of freshwater fish and extensive experience from its own smokehouses.

Jari Kokkonen, CEO of Arvo Kokkonen Oy, feels positive about the new collaboration.
“We noted early in the discussions that we share the same opinions and passion for what we do. Being part of a larger group will make it easier for our customers to gain access to a much wider selection of food products than previously. All from a single supplier. With such a broad range of fish, seafood, meat and delicatessen products we will also be able to attract new customers” says Jari Kokkonen.

Lars Bengtsson, CEO of JOHBECO, views the acquisition as an important step in the group’s continued expansion process.
“We started off in Finland three years ago with Bergfalk & Co Oy and we felt that it was now time to further strengthen our position in the country. Our values and opinions are wholly in line with those of Arvo Kokkonen and we look forward to continuing to develop our role on the Finnish market with two strong segments there now, fish and meat” concludes Lars.

For further information, please contact:
Lars Bengtsson, CEO, JOHBECO AB
tel. +46 70 523 30 02,


In 2019, the JOHBECO group has presented several new acquisitions. The group previously consisted of Johan i Hallen AB and Bergfalk & Co AB, but has now also added fish and seafood specialists Fiskeboa i GBG AB, Gothia Seafood AB and Fiskgrossisten i Helsingborg AB. Together with the acquisition of Arvo Kokkonen Oy, the group now has a turnover of around EUR 160 million (SEK 1.7 billion).

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Plantasjen refines its operations to improve profitability


Plantasjen has signed an agreement to sell its subsidiary Spira (formerly SABA Blommor AB), a supplier of flowers and plants to grocery retailers in Sweden. The buyer is the Dutch firm Groenland BV.

With some 110 employees, the company has annual sales of approximately SEK 350m. Over the last 12 months Spira has negatively impacted Plantasjen’s EBITA by approximately SEK -30m.

The accounting effect of the sale is estimated at approximately SEK -30m, which will negatively impact Plantasjen’s EBITA for the second half of 2019.

“The sale of Spira is one of several measures being implemented to strengthen profitability in Plantasjen. The sale will also enable an increased focus on Plantasjen’s core operations. We believe that Groenland BV is the right owner to develop Spira going forward,” says Anders Slettergren, Chairman of the Board of Plantasjen and VP Business Area Consumer & Technology at Ratos.

For further information, please contact:
Helene Gustafsson, Head of IR and Press, Ratos, +46 8 700 17 98
Anders Slettengren, Vice President Business Area Consumer & Technology, +46 8 700 17 00

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Waterlogic establishes footprint in Belgium through acquisition of Pure Services

Castik Capital

Waterlogic, a leading global designer, manufacturer, distributor and service provider of purified drinking water dispensers, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Pure Services.

Established in 2007, Pure Services specialises in renting and servicing drinking water dispensers and fountains to small and large corporate organisations across Belgium and Luxembourg.

Founded in 1992, Waterlogic was one of the first companies to introduce Point-of-Use (POU) water dispensers that utilise the mains water supply. The company has been at the forefront of the POU market, promoting eco-friendly product design and quality, the application of new technologies, and world class service.

Veerle Claes, Managing Director, Waterlogic Benelux said, “Pure Services is the natural partner to help us establish a footprint in Belgium’s fast-growing hydration market. The company has worked tirelessly over the last 12 years to establish an outstanding reputation for exceptional service and drinking water solutions for their customers.”

Waterlogic has direct presence in 16 countries and an extensive independent global distribution network in place, reaching over 60 countries around the world. Waterlogic Belgium is part of the company’s newly formed Benelux region alongside an already established market in the Netherlands and plans to enter Luxembourg, further fulfiling its strong growth ambition in Europe.

Emmanuel Eeman, former owner of Pure Services said, “We are very excited to be joining Waterlogic. Waterlogic’s extensive range of dispensers are backed by superior technologies focused on delivering purified, great-tasting water in the most environmentally-responsible way without the need for plasic bottles, giving our customers the high quality sustainable choice they deserve.”
Waterlogic was acquired in January 2015 by funds managed by Castik Capital, the European private equity investor. Pure Services is a recent acquisition as part of the company’s buy and build strategy since the acquisition by Castik, and following substantial acquisitions in the US, UK, Australia, Spain, France, Germany, and Scandinavia.

Media Contact

Rosanna Turner, Group Marketing Communications Manager

About Waterlogic

Waterlogic is an innovative designer, manufacturer, distributor and operator of Point-Of-Use (POU) drinking water purification and dispensing systems designed for environments such as offices, factories, hospitals, hotels, schools, restaurants and other workplaces. Founded in 1992, Waterlogic was one of the first companies to introduce POU systems to customers worldwide, and has been in the forefront of the POU market, promoting product design and quality, the application of new technologies and world class sales and service. Waterlogic has its own subsidiaries in many markets and an extensive and expanding independent global distribution network in place, reaching over 60 countries around the world. Waterlogic products are currently distributed in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and South Africa. Waterlogic’s leading markets are the US, Australia and Western Europe, in particular the UK, Scandinavia, Germany and France. More information can be found at

About Castik

Castik Capital S.à r.l (“Castik”) manages investments in private equity. Castik is a European multistrategy investment manager, acquiring significant ownership positions in European private and public companies, where long-term value can be generated through active partnerships with management teams. Founded in 2014, Castik is based in Luxembourg and focuses on identifying and developing investment opportunities across Europe. The advisor to Castik is Castik Capital Partners GmbH, based in Munich. Investments are made by the Luxembourg-based fund, EPIC I SLP, the first fund managed by Castik, which had its final fund close of EUR 1bn in July 2015.


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KKR and Campbell Soup Company Sign Definitive Agreement for Sale of Arnott’s and Certain Campbell International Operations for $2.2 Billion


  • KKR to acquire portfolio that includes iconic Arnott’s biscuits and Campbell’s simple meals and snacking brands in markets including Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan, and manufacturing operations in Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia
  • Investment to transition certain Campbell International operations to a standalone company with access to significant capital and operational resources to support long-term growth and innovation

SYDNEY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 2, 2019– Global investment firm KKR and Campbell Soup Company (“Campbell”) today announced the signing of a stock and asset purchase agreement under which KKR will acquire certain international operations from Campbell (“Campbell International”) for an enterprise value of approximately US$2.2 billion.

Campbell International is a high-quality business that includes snacking and meal brands in the Asia Pacific region with leading manufacturing capabilities and distribution channels in attractive core markets. The majority of Campbell International’s sales are generated by Arnott’s, the iconic Australian biscuit brand with over 150 years of heritage. Arnott’s commitment to quality, innovation and manufacturing excellence is a hallmark of the business, alongside its product range of household names including Tim Tam and Shapes. Campbell International also comprises the regional portfolio of Campbell brands spanning soup, stock, juice and ready meals in markets including Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. KKR will also acquire Campbell International’s manufacturing operations in Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Under the terms of the agreement, KKR and Campbell will enter into a long-term licensing arrangement for the exclusive rights to use certain Campbell brands, including Campbell’s, Swanson, V8, Prego, Chunky and Campbell’sReal Stock, in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and other select markets in Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

David Lang, Member at KKR, said, “Campbell International represents a unique portfolio of iconic brands that are known and loved by consumers in Australia and across the world. We are privileged and excited to have the opportunity to invest in and grow Arnott’s as an independent business in Australia, in addition to further developing Campbell’s trusted brands across the broader Asian market. This is a milestone investment for KKR, and we look forward to working closely with the Campbell International management team to seek out new and exciting opportunities.”

KKR is making its investment primarily through its Core Investments strategy, which represents capital targeting longer-term opportunities. The Transaction is expected to close within the next six months, subject to customary closing conditions. Further details of the transaction are not disclosed.

KKR was advised by Jefferies, as its financial advisor, and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Allens, as its legal counsels.

About Campbell International

Campbell International’s operations include Campbell’s simple meals businesses in Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Japan, and manufacturing in Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia. The centerpiece of the business is Arnott’s, which Campbell acquired in 1997, and is one of Australia’s most iconic brands. Arnott’s regional headquarters are based in Sydney with operations in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Indonesia. Arnott’s and Campbell International operations (excluding the Kelsen Group) had combined net sales of approximately $885 million in the latest 12 months and employ approximately 3,800 people.

About Campbell Soup Company

Campbell (NYSE:CPB) is driven and inspired by our Purpose, “Real food that matters for life’s moments.” For generations, people have trusted Campbell to provide authentic, flavorful and affordable snacks, soups and simple meals, and beverages. Founded in 1869, Campbell has a heritage of giving back and acting as a good steward of the planet’s natural resources. The company is a member of the Standard and Poor’s 500 and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. For more information, visit or follow company news on Twitter via @CampbellSoupCo.

About KKR

KKR is a leading global investment firm that manages multiple alternative asset classes, including private equity, energy, infrastructure, real estate and credit, with strategic partners that manage hedge funds. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns for its fund investors by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and driving growth and value creation with KKR portfolio companies. KKR invests its own capital alongside the capital it manages for fund investors and provides financing solutions and investment opportunities through its capital markets business. References to KKR’s investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds. For additional information about KKR & Co. Inc (NYSE:KKR), please visit KKR’s website at and on Twitter @KKR_Co.

Source: KKR

Media Contact:
KKR Asia Pacific:
Anita Davis, +852 3602 7335
Miles Radcliffe-Trenner (Sard Verbinnen & Co.), +852 3842-2200

KKR Americas
Kristi Huller / Cara Major, +1 212-750-8300

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AgroSavfe raises EUR 35 million, Gimv invests additional resources for further development of biocontrols as a new standard for sustainable crop protection.


Gimv is increasing its commitment to AgroSavfe, an innovative food and agro-biotech company developing environmentally friendly plant protection products. As co-founder and lead investor, Gimv participates in a Series C financing round of EUR 35 million, in which Ackermans & van Haaren joins as a new investor, in addition to the existing shareholders who also participate. The financing will support the further development of biocontrols – intended for biological crop protection – as a new standard for sustainable agriculture.

As an emerging food and agro-biotech company, AgroSavfe (Ghent, is responding to the challenge for the food and agricultural sector to improve production efficiency in a sustainable way while respecting the environment. Founded in 2013 as a spin-off from the VIB (Flanders Institute for Biotechnology), AgroSavfe designs and develops a new generation of protein-based biocontrols that provide safe, sustainable and efficient protection for seeds, crops and food, without leaving behind harmful chemicals. Over the past years, the company has developed a high-performance technology platform that allows the identification and testing of biocontrols for stability, effectiveness and scalability, all to protect the food chain from farm to fork.

Gimv has supported AgroSavfe from the start as a co-founder and lead investor in a consortium of reputed local and international biotech investors, including Sofinnova Partners, PMV, Agri Investment Fund, K & E, Biovest, Madeli Participaties, VIB and Qbic. Today Gimv participates -in addition to all historical investors- in the Series C financing round of EUR 35 million. With an investment of EUR 10 million, Ackermans & van Haaren is also joining AgroSavfe as a new shareholder.

Patrick Van Beneden, Partner in the Health & Care team of Gimv, about this new phase: “We are delighted with this major step forward and are convinced that AgroSavfe is well placed to contribute to the development of a new standard for sustainable agriculture. As a new shareholder, Ackermans & van Haaren brings additional diversity and expertise to the management of the company and, together with the existing investor syndicate, we look forward to further developing AgroSavfe as a leader in the emerging field of efficient and safe biocontrols for the food and agricultural industry.”

Lieven De Smedt, Chairman of the Board of AgroSavfe, states: “Biotechnology has created significant and unique added value in the Life Sciences, food and chemical markets in recent decades. Today we see the same happening in the agricultural sector, both in the US and in Europe. Long-term success depends not only on robust technology and a strong business-minded management, it also requires long-term shareholders. AgroSavfe has a unique combination of all of the above. We thank our historic shareholders who fully endorse this financing round and welcome Piet Bevernage who -on behalf of Ackermans & van Haaren- wil join our Board. We are all looking forward to taking the company to a higher level.”

The new resources will primarily be used to enhance the further development, registration and commercial scale production of AgroSavfe’s biofungicides and bio-insecticides and for the further strengthening of the business organization. BioFun 1, the first product in the AgroSavfe pipeline, is aimed at controlling fungi on fruit and vegetables. With more than 100 field trials by the end of 2019, the company has demonstrated the strong performance of its advanced biofungicide product: environmentally friendly, as effective as chemical solutions and food safe, as biocontrols leave no harmful chemicals behind. The launch of this first biofungicide product is planned for 2022 in the US fruit and vegetable market, immediately followed by a launch in Europe and other regions globally. In addition, the funds will support the acceleration of the innovative pipeline development for applications against critical food and crop pests and diseases.

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Ardian-Backed Kersia acquires Choisy Laboratories


2019 – Kersia, the global leader in food safety, announces the acquisition of Choisy Laboratories (“Choisy”), a leading developer and manufacturer of chemical, biotechnological and biosecurity hygiene solutions based in Canada, from the Trudeau family and Champlain Financial Corporation, in partnership with the Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund.

This transaction grows Kersia’s geographical footprint in North America, allowing the company to expand its presence in new sub-segments and to acquire new technologies; it has been completed with the support of Ardian, its majority shareholder.

Founded in 1946 and headquartered in Louiseville (Quebec), Choisy focuses on research, manufacturing and marketing of food safety & biosecurity solutions, with a strong focus on value-added products, notably with eco-labelled solutions thanks to its biotechnological capabilities as well as its strong enzymatic know-how. The company employs 250 people and is primarily active in the Food Service and Hospitality market segments across eastern Canada and in Europe.

With this acquisition, Kersia’s network will comprise 23 plants (o/w 16 owned), with c.1,200 employees and a turnover of c.€250 million. This is Kersia’s fifth strategic acquisition since its acquisition by Ardian in October 2016.

Sebastien Bossard, CEO of Kersia, said: “This acquisition is in line with Kersia’s growth strategy and ambition to become the world’s leading player in Food Safety solutions for the entire food chain from farm to fork. Combining the deep R&D and technological expertise of Choisy and Kersia’s teams, with the support of Ardian, grows our international footprint substantially and strengthens our offering. The complementarity between our two companies is strong, as are the common values we share. We are very pleased to welcome the Choisy team within our group.”

As far as Guy L. Trudeau, President and CEO of the Choisy Group is concerned, he declared: « I’m excited to conclude this transaction because of the great cultural and technological complementarities, as well as the growth opportunities and synergies that will be generated. The food industry and the professional hygiene markets will greatly benefit from the new modern alternatives in biosafety and food service hygiene solutions represented by the Choisy-Kersia offer. I am convinced that the conjunction of the Choisy-Kersia brands will serve as a value and growth accelerator for the company, its employees and shareholders in North America and Europe. »

Thibault Basquin, Head of Americas Investments and Managing Director at Ardian Buyout, added: ”The Ardian team is very proud of what we have achieved with Sebastien Bossard and the Kersia team over the past two years, particularly in terms of Kersia’s transformation. I would like to thank the Trudeau family for entrusting Kersia as the new home for Choisy. This is a great step in our ambitious international development plans, and we look forward to further supporting Kersia’s journey towards growth.”


Ardian is a world-leading private investment house with assets of US$96bn 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 610 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 around 970 clients through five pillars of investment expertise: Funds of Funds, Direct Funds, Infrastructure, Real Estate and Private Debt.
Follow Ardian on Twitter @Ardian


Kersia is a global leader in biosecurity and food safety with value added products and solutions to prevent diseases or contamination in both animal and humans at every stage of the food supply chain.

Kersia is the name adopted in 2018 by Hypred, Antigerm, Medentech, LCB Food Safety, G3 and Kilco, experts in their fields which came together in 2017 and 2018, bringing together complementary skills and expertise that improve farm performance and add value to the food industry.

Now present in more than 90 countries and employs more than 1,200 personnel, Kersia records a turnover of 250 million euros.


Choisy is seventy-three years of research, development and know-how dedicated to innovation and the creation of added value for the protection of health, working environments, consumer and leisure environments. It is chemistry, biotechnology and application-based biological services at the service of the environment for a healthy environment.

Founded by Yvon G. Trudeau, B.A. and B.Sc., pioneer in professional hygiene in Canada, Choisy has always distinguished itself through the development of its own chemical and biological platforms or bases and through the technological innovation of its products and services.

A fully integrated company from chemical and biological scientific research to the commercialization of its formulas, products and application services, the Choisy Group has 250 employees in four divisions: Choisy Laboratories, GDG Environment, Mikadoweb Solutions and RMS Equipments/Services. These complementary business divisions are all articulated from the head office located in Louiseville, Qc, where the production and research & development activities for Hygiene Solutions are mainly located. The Group also operates three distribution centres and four business centres in Eastern Canada, in addition to the headquarters of GDG Environment located in Trois-Rivières, Quebec and RMS Equipments/Services located in Laval, Quebec.


Phone : +44 020 3435 7469
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Phone : 514-645-2040 poste 300

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Onex to Sell Jack’s Family Restaurants


Toronto, July 18, 2019 – Onex Corporation (“Onex”) (TSX: ONEX) and its affiliated funds (the “Onex Group”) today announced they have agreed to sell Jack’s Family Restaurants (“Jack’s”). The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2019 subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.“Over the course of our investment, Jack’s significantly accelerated its growth and brought its differentiated concept, high-quality food and exceptional customer service to new communities across the southern U.S.,” said Matt Ross, a Managing Director of Onex. “We’d like to thank Todd Bartmess, Jack’s management team and all of the company’s dedicated employees for being great partners to Onex. We wish them continued growth and success in the future.”

“Matt and the entire Onex team have been wonderful to work with. Their support has allowed us to continue to invest in our people, technology and the growth of our brand,” said Todd Bartmess, Chief Executive Officer of Jack’s. “They were steadfast in their commitment to the Jack’s family and the high standards we set. We’re grateful for Onex’ partnership over the years.”

In July 2015, the Onex Group acquired Jack’s for a total equity investment of $234 million. Upon completion of the transaction, the Onex Group will have received proceeds of approximately $835 million, including prior distributions of $106 million. This results in a gross multiple of invested capital of 3.6 times and a 38% gross rate of return. Onex invested $79 million in Jack’s as a Limited Partner in Onex Partners IV and will have realized $255 million upon completion of the transaction, including prior distributions of $31 million.

About Onex

Founded in 1984, Onex invests and manages capital on behalf of its shareholders, institutional investors and high-net worth clients from around the world. Onex’ platforms include: Onex Partners, private equity funds focused on larger opportunities in North America and Europe ONCAP, private equity funds focused on middle market and smaller opportunities in North America; Onex Credit, which manages primarily non-investment grade debt through collateralized loan obligations, private debt and other credit strategies; and Gluskin Sheff’s actively managed public equity and public credit funds. In total, Onex’ assets under management are approximately $37 billion, of which approximately $6.6 billion is shareholder capital. With offices in Toronto, New York, New Jersey and London, Onex and its experienced management teams are collectively the largest investors across Onex’ platforms.

The Onex Partners and ONCAP operating companies have assets of $51 billion, generate annual revenues of $31 billion and employ approximately 172,000 people worldwide. Onex shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the stock symbol ONEX. For more information on Onex, visit its website at Onex’ security filings can also be accessed at

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JOHBECO acquires Gothia Seafood and Fiskgrossisten


The JOHBECO group, consisting of suppliers Johan i Hallen, Bergfalk, and Fiskeboa, continues to grow. They are now acquiring fish and seafood specialists Gothia Seafood in Gothenburg and Fiskgrossisten in Helsingborg – allowing them to offer high-quality meat and fish products throughout Sweden.

Earlier this year, JOHBECO announced the acquisition of fish supplier Fiskeboa, and now they are taking it up another notch. The acquisition of Gothia Seafood and Fiskgrossisten was completed in mid June and will reinforce the company’s offer further. The group is primarily targeting customers within the hotel and restaurant industry, as well as fish counters, and will thanks to this new deal be able to offer high-quality products, regardless of where in Sweden they are located.

“We are very excited about this. We are gaining access to new markets, our customers gain access to high-quality meat and deli products, while at the same time, we can supply Johan i Hallen’s customers with all the products of the sea, all in one delivery,”
says Magnus Gustafsson, CEO of Gothia Seafood.


Keeping a small-scale perspective

By teaming up, the suppliers will now be able to offer the market even better short and safe deliveries, which guarantees fresh, high-quality raw products. However, Johan i Hallen, Gothia Seafood and Fiskgrossisten value their personal commitment and connection they have with their customers.

“Our customers won’t notice a huge difference, we will still be the small business with the great commitment and love of good products. Now we have every opportunity to supply restaurants, hotels and fish counters with the best, highest quality products,” says Martin Eriksson, CEO of Johan i Hallen.


The goal for JOHBECO is to be the best fresh food specialist in the Nordic region, and the acquisition of Gothia Seafood and Fiskgrossisten is another step in the right direction.

“Johan i Hallen, Bergfalk, Gothia Seafood, Fiskgrossisten, and Fiskeboa combined will be an incredibly powerful team. Together, we can offer the very best products to both new and existing customers, from the west coast and the rest of Sweden,” concludes Lars Bengtsson, CEO of the JOHBECO group.


For further information, please contact:

Lars Bengtsson +46 70 523 30 02, CEO of JOHBECO

Magnus Gustafsson +46 70 873 03 75, CEO of Gothia Seafood


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Platinum Equity Completes Acquisition of Spanish Seafood Provider Iberconsa from Portobello Capital


LOS ANGELES (June 3, 2019) – Platinum Equity today announced it has completed the acquisition of a majority stake in Grupo Ibérica de Congelados, S.A. (“Iberconsa”) from Portobello Capital and affiliates of the company’s founding families. Portobello Capital and members of the Iberconsa management team are co-investing alongside Platinum Equity. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Vigo, Spain, Iberconsa is a global provider of frozen seafood products, including hake, Argentine red shrimp and squid. The company is vertically integrated across the full value chain, including wild catch, processing, commercialization and distribution.

Iberconsa maintains an owned fleet of 45 vessels, five processing plants and four cold storage distribution facilities. Iberconsa’s fleet operates primarily in Argentina, Namibia and South Africa, and the company’s products are sold in more than 60 countries.

Iberconsa CEO Alberto Freire is continuing to lead the business following the transfer of ownership.

The acquisition of Iberconsa is the latest example of Platinum Equity’s increasing momentum in Europe. Last year Platinum Equity completed the $2.1 billion acquisition of Zug, Switzerland and Chesterbrook, PA-based blood glucose monitoring company LifeScan from Johnson & Johnson. The firm also acquired Wyndham’s European vacation rental business for $1.3 billion.

Platinum Equity sold Exterion Media to British media and entertainment group Global in November 2018, and sold Paris-based Worldwide Flight Services to Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. in October 2018 in a transaction valued at approximately €1.2 billion.

Lazard and Deloitte served as financial advisors to Platinum Equity on the acquisition of Iberconsa. Latham & Watkins served as Platinum Equity’s legal advisor on the transaction.

Nomura and Ernst & Young (“E&Y”) served as financial advisors to the sellers. E&Y also served as the sellers’ legal advisor on the transaction.

About Platinum Equity
Founded in 1995 by Tom Gores, Platinum Equity is a global investment firm with approximately $13 billion of assets under management and a portfolio of approximately 40 operating companies that serve customers around the world. The firm is currently investing from Platinum Equity Capital Partners IV, a $6.5 billion global buyout fund, and Platinum Equity Small Cap Fund, a $1.5 billion buyout fund focused on investment opportunities in the lower middle market. Platinum Equity specializes in mergers, acquisitions and operations – a trademarked strategy it calls M&A&O® – acquiring and operating companies in a broad range of business markets, including manufacturing, distribution, transportation and logistics, equipment rental, metals services, media and entertainment, technology, telecommunications and other industries. Over the past 23 years Platinum Equity has completed more than 250 acquisitions.

About Portobello Capital
Founded in 2010, Portobello Capital is a leading independent Mid-Market Private Equity manager based in Spain that invests in Southern Europe. It has €1.3 billion of assets under management, a team of 27 professionals and 15 companies in its portfolio (Angulas Aguinaga, Centauro and Supera, among others). Portobello Capital manages two primary funds: Fund III was closed at €375 million in August 2014 and it is fully invested, and Fund IV closed in February 2018 and is currently being invested. Portobello Capital is also managing a secondary vehicle with €300 million.

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