Finalease Group Security completes the acquisition of Visualys with the support of its historical partners Andera Partners and NextStage AM
Andera Partners and NextStage AM reinvest in Finalease Group Security
Paris, December 17, 2021 - Andera Partners - via its Andera Acto team specializing in sponsorless mezzanine operations - and NextStage AM announce to reinvest alongside Patrick Lascar and Mikaël Choucroun, entrepreneurs co-founders and majority shareholders of Finalease Group Security, in order to accelerate the development of the Group, a leader in solutions to fight shrinkage, the rental and sale of video surveillance devices.
Created in 2009 and based in Marseille, Finalease Group Security (formerly Groupe Lease Protect) specializes in security solutions and the fight against shrinkage, an activity which is based in particular on the rental, installation and maintenance of video surveillance systems. , security gates and customer counting. The group has been able to develop a wide range of flexible and innovative solutions (rental, remote maintenance, personalized remote video audit, etc.) which is aimed at small and medium-sized businesses as well as large retail accounts as well as town halls. .
After the acquisition of Adams in 2016, Finalease Group Security experienced a new stage in its development in 2020 with the acquisitions of Aximéa based in the North and VigiFrance based in Lyon. This consolidation allows the group to operate throughout the national territory through its 13 branches, and more than 25.000 sites located in France. Today it employs more than 190 people.
Today's acquisition of Visualys, a competitor of Lease Protect France, present for more than 15 years in the PACA region with a significant security subscriber base, is the starting point of a new development cycle in which Patrick Lascar and Mikaël Choucroun renew their confidence in their historical partners. On the occasion of a new sponsorless operation led by the Andera Acto team via its ActoMezz IV Fund, entrepreneurs remain largely in the majority and have the means to allow Finalease Group Security to take a new step after years of sustained growth which have enabled it to increase its turnover by 50% - now close to € 30 million - and to double its profitability in 3 years.
The group intends to continue its development both organically and through new acquisitions in a growing market which still offers significant consolidation potential. In this context, Finalease Group Security will also be able to count on its banks (CIC, BNP Paribas) led by Caisse d'Epargne CEPAC, arranger and senior debt agent.
“We are pleased with the progress made since 2014 with NextStage AM and the renewed confidence it places in us on the occasion of this new stage in our development which also marks the entry of a new investor - Andera Acto. In this period of market consolidation, this will allow us to further accentuate the group's development and consolidate its leadership position on the French market. It was also capital for Mikaël and I, to give new perspectives to our employees who have supported us since the beginning for some, and also to those who join us. We thus respect our commitments towards them, and there is nothing more rewarding than to see them flourish with us ” precise Patrick Lascar, President of Finalease Group Security.
“After a successful three-year first joint cycle, we are happy to once again show our confidence in Patrick Lascar and Mikaël Choucroun and seize the opportunity to strengthen ourselves within Finalease Group Security. With its resilient business model and strong prospects for internal and external growth, this project fits perfectly into the Andera Acto philosophy. " Explain Stephane Bergez, Partner and Manager Andera Acto.
“Present alongside Patrick Lascar and Mikaël Choucroun since 2014, we are delighted to participate in this new stage of the Finalease Group adventure. This partnership is a wonderful illustration of the virtues of long-term support and equity support, of which NextStage AM is one of the historical promoters. In seven years, Finalease Group has become a leading company in its sector and present in all territories thanks to a solid industrial vision, the integration of accretive external growth, and unparalleled quality of execution made possible thanks to the capital. patience. We are convinced that Patrick and Mikaël will once again be able to seize excellent opportunities in this buoyant market, to continue to grow their group, which is the leader in its segment. " Explain Aloys de Fontaines, partner at NextStage AM.
Participants in the operation:
Contractors : Patrick Lascar and Mikaël Choucroun
Andera Acto : Stéphane Bergez, Xavier Buisson, Antoine Soucaze
NextStage AM : Aloys de Fontaines, Emilio Johnston
CEPAC : Lucie Hausberg, Julie Vaccara, Rachid Elasery, Sebastien Leclercq
BNP Paribas : Mathias Ronzeaud, Matthias Hervelin
CIC : Annabelle Roux, Emmanuelle Cartoux
Lawyer Finalease Group Security : Cabinet Arago (Lorenzo Barresi, Edouard Dumas)
Lawyer Andera Acto : Villechenon (Gilles Roux, Tristan Segonds, Martin Kyuchukov-Roglev,)
Lawyer Banks : Nova Partners (Olivier Nett, Vanessa Alvarez, Marie Filion)
Financial DD : Mazars (Pierre Tchertoff, Stéphane Marfisi)
Social DD : Master Favaro Marseille
Relevant NextStage AM investment vehicles:
FIP NextStage R Return II, FIP NextStage R Return 2021, FIP NextStage R Return 2022, FCPR NextStage Capital Entrepreneurs, and FIP NextStage Convictions 2024
It is specified here that the NextStage investment company (NEXTS) is not affected by this transaction.
About Finalease Group Security
Since 2009, the Lease Protect Group, now Finalease Group Security, has specialized in the fight against shrinkage by offering a range of video surveillance, security gates and customer counting products and services. Lease Protect also exclusively offers video image analysis solutions with personalized audits on its market.
Under the impetus of its managers, the offer was specifically oriented towards the VSE & SME market thanks to local proximity, responsiveness enabled by the integration of the latest technologies connected to their equipment, and innovative financing solutions. in Leasing of products and services.
Recognized for its quality of services in the installation and maintenance of its systems, Finalease Group Security is now present in France through 13 agencies, and wishes to continue to expand its territorial network in order to support its customers.
About Andera Partners
Founded in 2001, Andera Partners is a major player in unlisted investment in France and internationally. Its teams manage more than 3Mds of euros around life sciences (Andera Life Sciences), development capital and transmission (Andera MidCap, Andera Expansion, Andera Croissance), sponsorless operations (Andera Acto) and transition ecological (Andera Infra).
Andera Partners' mission is to engage with companies and their managers to support them on the path to strong and sustainable growth. The quality of performance offered to our investors is based on a strong partnership between the entrepreneurs of our investments and our teams, based on shared values. Performance through collective commitment, the Power of And, represents the DNA of Andera Partners.
Based in Paris, and present in Antwerp and Munich, Andera Partners is 100% owned by its teams of nearly 85 people, including 57 investment professionals. It is organized in partnership and managed by a college of 10 partners. Responsible and committed, the management company regularly sets up associative partnerships and takes concrete action in the fight against global warming. Andera Partners has been Carbon Neutral labeled since 2018.
About NextStage AM:
Independent management company based in Paris, approved by the AMF, NEXTSTAGE AM, which has cultivated an “entrepreneur-investor” philosophy since its founding in 2002, is one of the pioneers and leaders of innovative and patient development capital in France. . NEXTSTAGE has developed a multi-strategy PE platform which represents, in terms of assets at the end of September 2021, directly and indirectly, more than € 6,4 billion AUM. NEXTSTAGE AM invests in a limited number of Medium-Sized Companies (70 companies in the portfolio as of 30/09/2021), French and European, innovative, and growth, to which it brings entrepreneurial investor expertise and strong operational support (integration of innovation, talents, international, external growth). NEXTSTAGE AM provides long-term support to these Medium-Sized Companies (ETMs), unlisted and listed on Alternext and Euronext B and C, which are positioned around the ongoing industrial revolution, its three technological disruptions, digital, environmental innovation, and smart health, and are based around the 4 major cross-cutting fund trends, the on-demand economy (digital platforms and Saas), the industrial internet (from robots to AI), Positive economy (green growth, blue growth, environmental performance), and the Economy of the value of our emotions and the quality of the customer experience. It gives them the means to accelerate their development and their capacity for innovation to become “Champions” in their markets, both in France and internationally, through organic and / or external growth. NEXTSTAGE AM was presented in December 2015 with the Gold Award for the best player in development capital in Europe by Private Equity Awards, in 2017 NextStage Croissance won the special prize of the Jury Active for innovation and in 2019 and 2021 the Prize of the editorial staff, Private Equity category of the 2019 wealth management pyramids. https://www.nextstage-am.com/
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