Argos Wityu announces the divestment of Sapore di Mare to Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners

Argos Wityu announces the divestment of Sapore di Mare to Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners

Argos Wityu announces the divestment of Sapore di Mare to Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners green_squares

Milano, 2nd August 2017 – Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners completed today the acquisition of a majority stake in D.I.MAR S.r.l. (“Dimar” or the “Company”), the leading frozen seafood specialized retail chain in Italy trading under the “Sapore di Mare” brand name, operating in excess of 100 stores and generating over 80 million euro in revenues in 2016. Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners will be investing in Dimar alongside the current CEO Paolo Gattafoni and the Mucci Family who will be retaining a minority stake in the Company.
Established at the beginning of the ‘90s, a majority stake of the Company was sold by its founders to Argos Wityu in 2011 with the objective of strengthening the management team and expanding the direct stores network rising from 3 in 2011 to 59 stores in 2016 and revenues progressing from 2 million euros to 49 million euros over the same period.
Thanks to an innovative store format inspired by a traditional fishmongers shop experience, Sapore di Mare has been selecting the best seafood worldwide for its customers for over 25 years, implementing strict quality controls procedures leading to the ISO 9001 and ISO 22005 certifications, focusing on sustainable fishing and mastering the deep freezing and glazing processes in order to ensure the preservation of the organoleptic and nutritional properties of the product. Moreover, the internal R&D department has developed over 100 ready meals recipes ensuring that every customer feels like a real chef simplifying his life in the kitchen in full respect of the best traditional seafood dishes.
In the context of the transaction Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners will support Dimar’s management team in pursuing an expansion strategy, strengthening the current commercial coverage in Italy through the opening of a significant number of additional directly operated stores.
Paolo Gattafoni, CEO at Dimar stated: “I am happy to welcome Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners investment in Sapore di Mare, Italy’s leading frozen seafood specialized retail chain. This Marche-based Company will continue in its growth path together with the existing management team and the founders maintaining its presence in central Italy. Our future strategy will not be focused only on stores network growth but also on maintaining our quality leadership, guaranteeing our customers safe and certified products”
Alessio Manigrasso, Managing Director at Argos Wityu Italy: “In more than five years we carried out a deep transformation switching the model from franchised to direct stores with a unique format.

Investments have been substantial but the real challenge has been to build a solid organizational
structure which will be the basis for a successful future.”
Mast Capital Partners team, exclusive advisor to Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners in Italy,
headed by Luca Ravano and Massimo Massari, stated: “The important growth and transformation of the
Company in the past few years represent an ideal platform to consolidate and furtherly enhance an
innovative and highly distinctive retail formula, which has also demonstrated its effectiveness in
conveying to its customers the high quality of frozen fish. We are proud to work alongside the current
management team headed by Paolo Gattafoni, contributing an ideal combination of experience and
professionalism to the ambitious growth plan of the Company.”

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