Equistone Partners Europe (Equistone), one of Europe’s leading mid-market private equity firms, has acquired a majority stake in Gardengate, a European manufacturer of aluminium gates and doors.
Crest Capital Partners will retain a minority stake alongside the founder and management team.
Founded in 1997 in Braga, Portugal, Gardengate has established a strong position within an attractive market and achieved robust and consistent year-on-year growth. By focusing on innovation, product quality, and service delivery, the group’s experienced management team has developed relationships with key French DIY players and built a strong position in the French market, which currently accounts for 85 per cent of the group’s sales.
The company has performed well throughout the pandemic and is on track to achieve cEUR90 million turnover in 2021, representing an 18 per cent CAGR over the 2016-2021 period. In addition to the group’s success in France, Gardengate has also reported fast-growing sales in Benelux, Germany, and the UK.
Leveraging its strong European network, Equistone intends to support Gardengate’s growth strategy in a number of ways: expanding into new or under-penetrated geographies including Benelux, Germany and the UK; widening its product range; and continuing to develop and optimise its growing online presence. Equistone will also provide support as the company looks to regroup the majority of its Portuguese production units under the same roof to increase production capacity and enhance profitability.
Adelino Costa, CEO and founder of Gardengate, says: “We intend to grow Gardengate and reinforce the group’s prominent position in the production of equipment for the outdoor environment of the home, and believe that Equistone is the right partner to achieve this goal. I would also like to thank Crest for consistently supporting the management team’s efforts to develop the business and for its support in the transition from a family structure. “
Thierry Lardinois, Partner at Equistone, says: “Gardengate is a highly successful European industrial company that we have been able to evaluate thanks to our previous experience in that sector. We look forward to backing the management team and supporting the group as it continues its impressive growth journey in France and abroad, as the company works towards becoming a European leader.”