Finding and supporting growth champions
With two generations of funds successfully invested since 2002 and a third closed in 2014, Ardian’s small cap activity has established a leading position across Europe with France, Germany and Italy-based investment professionals. The Expansion team focuses on companies valued at less than €150M.
“Buy-and-build” policy. Ardian’s team has extensive experience in structuring external growth operations, integrating companies and building close relationships with the banks involved in financing. These relationships enable Ardian to assist in the long-term development of small and medium-sized companies.
A grass roots approach. The team focuses on the sectors it knows best, where it can contribute significant added value. Effective governance is key and the team spends a large amount of time working closely with company executives. After an investment has been completed, a 100-day program is launched to review reporting, audit, risk management and communication processes, all geared towards accelerating the company’s growth.
An integrated European team. Ardian’s 16-strong team includes a mix of nationalities working out of offices in Paris, Frankfurt and Milan, with a constant focus on assessing investment opportunities and working closely to monitor the portfolio. The team combines its talents and resources to assist in the development of portfolio companies, especially on external growth and international commercial opportunities.
€49M invested in 2013
33 investments since 2003 (excluding external growth)