Ardian acquires Netco Group stake
Ardian, a private investment house, has acquired a stake in NetCo Group, following investment from funds managed by IK Investment Partners (IK) and Andera Partners.
Founded in Bordeaux in 1902 by the Perriez family, NetCo has established itself as a European leader in the market for general maintenance and servicing of conveyor systems across a wide range of production sectors - particularly food processing, logistics, minerals and agro-food.
Now led by Samuel and James Perriez, the fourth generation of the Perriez family, the Group has recently expanded through a combination of strong organic growth as well as an ambitious acquisition strategy. This is evidenced by over 20 bolt-ons carried out since 2015, including the acquisition of stakes in ABM TECNA in Belgium in 2017, and in other European companies in the same sector, in Spain and Germany among others.
Today the Group manages a network of over 100 service points across France, Spain, Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg.
With the support of the Ardian Expansion team, NetCo’s management team – led by Samuel and James Perriez – intends to continue the Group's expansion strategy both in France and internationally, taking advantage of the growing outsourcing of maintenance services in Europe, a market still highly fragmented.
The completion of the transaction remains subject to the approval of the competition authority.
Alexis Lavaillote, Managing Director of Ardian Expansion, says: "We have been impressed by the growth of NetCo and we are looking forward to working with its exceptional management team in a family business. The Group's excellent reputation and the quality of the management team led by Samuel and James Perriez have enabled it to become a major European player. Supporting NetCo in the next stage of its development through this strategic partnership is a great opportunity."
Samuel and James Perriez from NetCo adds: "Our goal, to accelerate our international development by capitalising on our values, the ones of a family business, means that we see Ardian as a natural fit with whom to join forces. We believe the Expansion team has all the skills and expertise necessary to enable NetCo Group to achieve its growth ambitions.”
Pierre Gallix and Arnaud Bosc, Partners at IK and advisors to the IK Small Cap II Fund, says: "The transformation of NetCo into a leading player on the European market in just two years demonstrates IK's value as an investor and partner. We have been delighted to support them in their growth and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Samuel and James Perriez for their exceptional leadership and wish them and Ardian all the best for this new chapter.”
François-Xavier Mauron, Partner and Arthur Milliard, Investment Director of Andera MidCap, adds: "We met Samuel and James Perriez in 2016 and we are very proud to have supported them in their growth, which has seen the company more than tripled in size in fewer than four years. Netco has grown into an international player through its organic and external growth that has been accelerated by the support of our fellow partners at IK since 2019."