The Bacacier group opens its capital to Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners

News - 4/20/2017

Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners, acting on behalf of the Winch Capital 3 fund, has acquired a minority stake in the Bacacier group to help support its growth. This is the first opening of the capital of this specialist in metal cladding for buildings, which has been 100%-owned by founding Chairman Jean-Christophe Vigouroux.

The Bacacier group, based in Aigueperse (63), is one of France's leading specialists in metal cladding. Drawing on high levels of industrial expertise in the transformation of steel (profiling, folding, cutting, stamping and pressing), Bacacier provides a full range of cladding products (roofing, facades and cladding, structural floors and false ceilings). The group's products are used in all types of building: industrial, agricultural, commercial and residential. Bacacier has also expanded its offering of consumer products, available through major DIY chains, and developed a range for architects, notably in collaboration with designer Philippe Starck.

Transforming some 80,000 tons of steel each year, the group ranks 3rd in the French market and is the leading independent company, with a market share of 20%. Over the past 20 years, founding CEO Jean-Christophe Vigouroux has built up this group with revenues of €160 million per year, present on 22 operating sites and employing more than 400 staff. The group has enjoyed rapid growth over the past two decades by investing in product innovation, proximity and the continuous improvement of its industrial and logistics structures.

Bacacier is now seeking to strengthen this position as the leading independent specialist in metal cladding by pursuing both organic growth and acquisitions, to complete its geographical coverage and strengthen its position in new business areas.

"More than 20 years after I created Bacacier, the investment by Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners is a recognition of the relevance of our group's business model. Bacacier has always been driven by a shared determination amongst our 400 employees to innovate and ensure the highest level of service to our customers. These values of excellence and the continuous search for new sources of growth naturally brought us together with Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners, whose experience will support the continued growth of our group," stated Jean-Christophe Vigouroux, founder and CEO of the Bacacier group.

"We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Jean-Christophe Vigouroux and the Bacacier group in the next stages of its growth. We have been particularly impressed by the strong growth at the company, which has doubled its size over the past ten years, driven by a clear strategic vision and remarkable implementation. Being involved in the first opening of a company's capital and forming a partnership with an owner-manager to help support organic growth and acquisitions provides a perfect illustration of Winch Capital's investment strategy," added Laurent Tourtois and Tanguy Tauzinat, respectively Partner and Investment Director at Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners.

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