Azulis Capital, supported by Société Générale Capital Partenaires, Arkéa Capital, and the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Sovereign Fund, invests in Wichard Group. The management team is also reinvesting as part of the transaction.
Wichard Group is a safety and performance products manufacturer dedicated to marine, outdoor and industrial applications. Founded in 1919 in Thiers, the group has gradually developed and diversified into sports & leisure in the 1970s, followed by successive external growth from the 1990s. Today, it operates 9 industrial sites and relies on 7 globally recognized brands, and for some, based on century-old expertise: Wichard (forged hardware for marine and industrial applications), Lorima (carbon masts and booms for leisure, racing, and commercial boats), Sparcraft (spars for leisure boats), Profurl and Facnor (furling systems for leisure and racing boats), Peguet Maillon Rapide® (metal connectors), and Courant (ropes and textile accessories for safety sectors).
Led by Jean-Claude Ibos (president) and Fabrice Didden (general manager) the group employs 325 people and generated a turnover of €63m in 2022.
With this partnership, Wichard aims to accelerate its development through organic growth and external growth.
The group’s ESG approach, deeply rooted into the company's foundations, is at the heart of the development strategy.
This transaction is the sixth investment of the MMF 6 fund.
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Azulis Capital has sold its majority stake in NOVEPAN Group, a leading manufacturer of special and premium frozen breads, savory snacks, and pizza dough, which now has 5 industrial sites in France, employs over 300 people, and generates a turnover of €85m.
This sale is part of an operation to reorganize the capital around Jean-Manuel Lévêque, the current CEO, and the management team, in partnership with SAGARD. NOVEPAN emerged in 2017 through the merger of two historical players in the industry, Grain d'Or Gel and Lubrano.
In 2019, the group accelerated its development with the acquisition of Bionatis, a leader in organic bread, followed in 2021 by the takeover of Les Ateliers du Pain, a pioneer within the artisanal bread segment. Azulis Capital and its co-investors have supported the group's development strategy, enabling it to become a leader in France's premium frozen bread industry.