Paris, October 21, 2020 - The FPCI NextStage Championnes III fund, currently being launched, is one of the first 4 private equity funds labeled “Relance” reserved for professional or similar clients, to support the equity financing of French SMEs and mid-caps within the framework of the comeback. The FPCI NextStage Championnes III, will invest in innovative and growth SMEs, in France and more particularly in the territories.
In the context of the health crisis, many SMEs and mid-cap companies must strengthen their own funds to retain the financial resources necessary to invest, innovate and emerge strengthened in terms of competitiveness. To respond to this problem, the government has just launched the “Relance” label intended to better orient French savings towards the equity of SMEs and mid-cap companies, whether listed or not. The label should allow savers and large institutional investors to easily identify investments that meet these challenges and ensure that their savings will finance the real economy. In addition, this label also requires investors to integrate ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) specifications guiding their relationship with the companies supported.
A historical player and pioneer in development capital in France since 2002, NextStage AM has already supported nearly 140 SMEs and mid-cap companies through equity investments to give entrepreneurs the means to achieve their ambitions. Its strategy is fully in line with the dynamics driven by the Government and the ambitions of the “Relance” label. As such, the investment program developed around the FPCI NextStage Championnes III will make it possible to invest tickets between 4 and 10 million € to support the development of medium-sized companies (ETM), with proven business models, achieving between 5 and 50 million euros in turnover. Like the entire management of NextStage AM since 2008, the fund will integrate ESG monitoring criteria with particular attention to the issues of climate and carbon impact.
Grégoire Sentilhes, President and co-founder of NextStage AM said : " Since 2002, NextStage AM has been engaged in equity and long-term financing of Medium-Sized Enterprises (MTEs). We therefore welcome this initiative, which allows investors to be as close as possible to entrepreneurs when they need it most. The crisis is catalyzing the emergence of an industrial revolution, not only digital, but also in environmental innovation and smart health, keys to our future. Investing today means seizing the opportunities offered by the crisis and allowing the emergence of tomorrow's champions, job creators and engines of our territories. Obtaining the “Relance” label is for us a source of pride and a real recognition of NextStage AM's commitment to entrepreneurs. »
Nicolas de Saint Etienne, Managing Partner of NextStage AM and Manager of FPCI NextStage Championnes III said : " The objective of the FPCI NextStage Championnes III is to support entrepreneurs and unlisted companies in the Development Capital phase to enable them to pass an essential stage in their growth. Beyond investment, our teams claim strong expertise in the integration of innovation, external growth and the structuring and strengthening of teams; key skills to build the champions of tomorrow. "
About NextStage AM :
Independent management company based in Paris, approved by the AMF in 2002, NextStage AM, which has cultivated an “entrepreneur-investor” philosophy from the outset, is one of the pioneers and leaders of innovative and patient development capital. France, which has set up, step by step, a Private Equity, multi-strategy platform which represents a total of nearly € 5,6 billion AUM, directly and indirectly. NextStage AM invests in a limited number of medium-sized companies (65 companies in the portfolio as of 30/06/2020), French and European, innovative, and growth, to which it brings entrepreneurial expertise as an investor and strong operational support (innovation, talents, international, external growth). NextStage AM provides long-term support to these Medium-Sized Enterprises (MTEs), unlisted and listed on Alternext and Euronext B and C. It gives them the means to accelerate their development and their capacity for innovation to become the “Champions” of their markets, both in France and internationally, through organic and / or external growth.
NextStage AM was awarded in December 2015 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 Actifs de l'Innovation Jury and in 2019 the Prize of drafting, Private Equity category of the 2019 wealth management pyramids.
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