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Argos Index® Mid-market 1st-quarter 2024

Argos Wityu, the independent European investment fund, and Epsilon Research, the online platform for the management of unlisted M&A transactions, have today published the Argos Index® Mid-market for the 1st quarter of 2024. Launched in 2006, this index tracks the valuations of private, eurozone mid-market companies in which a majority stake has been acquired during the last six months.

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Merger of Agôn Electronics and Tronico, two leaders in electronic systems for critical environments

Agôn Electronics and Tronico are both leading companies in designing electronic systems for the most complex situations, the most critical applications and the strictest operational constraints. The two groups are specialised in electronic manufacturing services (EMS) as well as in the design of their own products. They design and manufacture reliable, highly-technical electronic circuit boards and systems for the most demanding sectors of the economy: aerospace, on-board rail, energy and healthcare.

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Mid-market Argos Index® for the fourth quarter of 2023

The mid-market Argos Index® for the fourth quarter of 2023, published by Argos Wityu, the independent European investment fund, and Epsilon Research, the online platform for the management of unlisted M&A transactions, is now available. Launched in 2006, this index tracks the valuations of unlisted eurozone SMEs in which a majority stake has been acquired during the last six months.

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Argos Wityu announces changes in the management team of Wibit

Wibit, a company supported by Argos Wityu, has announced changes in the set-up of its management board. Robert Cirjak, co-founder of the German world market leader for floating water parks, is transitioning from day-to-day operations to a brand ambassador position on the supervisory board, thus paving the way for an orderly succession process. Ralf Schwung moves up to the management board and will lead the company together with co-founder Romann Rademacher.

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The Coexya Group, majority-owned by Argos Wityu, acquires PI Services

Coexya is a multi-specialist in digital transformation, with over 20 years’ experience in consulting, integration and software development. The Group operates in five areas of expertise: Customer Experience, Employee Experience, Digital Content, Location Intelligence and Smart Data, and offers business solutions for sectors such as healthcare, intellectual property and industry.

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IJssel Technologie, a company supported by Argos Wityu, acquires Preventive Maintenance Group (PMG).

Argos Wityu, the majority shareholder of IJssel Technologie since December 2022, supports the company’s ambitious buy & build strategy to build a full-service proposition for its customers. This transaction is the second completed after the acquisition of JD Techniek in December 2023. The specialist activities of PMG fit well with IJssel Technologies’ way of working, its ambition to expand the preventive maintenance offering further and continuously tailor the service offering to client needs.

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CDS joins Sicura Group, a company supported by Argos Wityu, to create the first Italian player in occupational medicine.

Sicura is the leader in Italy for offering services in health and safety at work, overseeing areas of fire prevention, occupational medicine, safety consulting and training, and acting as a reference point for the RSPP function of its clients. In recent years, it has grown rapidly thanks to an effective mix of organic growth and external expansion, of which CDS represents a fundamental step in consolidation.

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Mid-market Argos Index® 3rd quarter 2023

Argos Wityu, the independent European investment fund, and Epsilon Research, the online platform for the management of unlisted M&A transactions, have today published the Mid-market Argos Index® for the 3rd quarter of 2023. Launched in 2006, this index tracks the valuations of private, eurozone mid-market companies in which a majority stake has been acquired during the last six months.

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Only 11% of European mid-market companies have started deploying a structured decarbonization plan.

While being central contributors to both GDP and greenhouse gas emissions, medium-sized enterprises are often perceived as a blind spot in climate action and media coverage. According to the European Commission, their GHG contribution could represent up to two thirds of the total European emissions. As of today, the mid-market ecosystem is far from being ready to comply with the already-voted European Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), which will demand businesses with over 250 employees and €40m turnover to disclose their impact on climate, including scope 3 emissions, with a full-year reporting period starting on Jan 1st, 2026.

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The first “Grey to Green” European buyout fund held its first close and is ready to be deployed.

Argos Wityu is pleased to announce that Argos Climate Action, its buyout fund dedicated to decarbonising European SMEs, has held its first close at €120 million, reaching 40% of its initial target.

Argos Climate Action is an SFDR article 9 fund. It is the first milestone of the strategy to extend the Argos Wityu platform beyond the historical Mid-Market funds. With this new fund-raising, Argos Wityu now manages €1.7 billion of assets.

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Mid-market Argos Index® 2nd quarter 2023

The Mid-market Argos Index® for the 2nd quarter of 2023, published by Argos Wityu, the independent European investment fund, and Epsilon Research, the online platform for the management of unlisted M&A transactions, is now available. Launched in 2006, this index tracks the valuations of eurozone private, mid-market companies in which a majority stake has been acquired during the last six months.

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Mid-market Argos Index® Q1 2023

Argos Wityu, the independent European investment fund, and Epsilon Research, the online platform for the management of unlisted M&A transactions, have today published the Mid-market Argos Index® for the first quarter of 2023. This index, launched in 2006, tracks the valuations of unlisted eurozone SMEs in which a majority stake has been acquired during the last six months.

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Agôn Electronics, a company supported by Argos Wityu, signed the agreement to acquire MIOS Elettronica, an Italian provider of customized and advanced solutions for the Railway industry.

This first acquisition enables Agôn Electronics to accelerate its international expansion and reinforce its expertise in the railway market. Argos Wityu invested in Agôn Electronics in February 2022, making it the third investment of its Fund VIII, which now includes six European SMEs.

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The IPPC’s March 23 Climate Report… in a nutshell

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has just presented its 36-page summary of all the knowledge accumulated on climate change over the past 9 years. Many believe this report must be an inaccessible piece of scientific jargon. It is not! It certainly requires some attention, but you won’t waste your time if you take 2 hours to read these 36 pages (available through the link at the bottom of the newsletter).

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Argos Wityu announces recent strong developments with portfolio company Coexya, French leader in IT-Digital services and software

Coexya has more than 20 years of experience in consulting, integration and software development and is specialised in digital transformation. Coexya’s mission is to support organisations by developing solutions that address the new ways employees and customers use data. Coexya is active in six areas of expertise: customer experience, digital content, health, legal, location intelligence and smart data. The group serves more than 390 clients and generated turnover of c. €90m in 2022. Coexya employs almost 900 FTEs based in Lille, Brest, Lyon, Paris and Rennes.

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PAI Partners to acquire La Compagnie des Desserts from Argos Wityu

PAI Partners (“PAI”), a pre-eminent private equity firm, today announces that it has agreed to acquire La Compagnie des Desserts (“LCDD” or “the Company”), a leading premium frozen desserts supplier for the food service market, from independent European investment fund Argos Wityu. Credit Mutuel Equity, which held 20% of the shares alongside Argos Wityu, also exits completely, having supported the Barral family, founders of LCDD, since 2005.

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Argos Wityu to acquire Norline, a leading Swiss company in the move towards sustainable energy

Norline AG offers a broad range of services to building technology installers, ensuring a smooth transition from fossile fuel heating systems to modern sustainable solutions such as heat pumps. The common objective with Argos Wityu is to accelerate Norline’s growth by expanding geographically, broadening the customer base, expanding the service offering and further developing the internal start-up for 3D fabrication models.

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Mid-market Argos Index® Q4 2022

Acquisition prices of European SMEs down slightly to 9.9x EBITDA, signalling the start of an anticipated decline. Argos Wityu, the independent European investment fund, and Epsilon Research, the online platform for the management of non-quoted M&A transactions, today published the Argos Index® Mid-market for the fourth quarter of 2022. This index, launched in 2006, tracks the valuations of eurozone private, mid-market companies in which a majority stake has been acquired during the last six months.

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Argos Wityu announces the appointment of a new management team for IJssel Technologie.

Following the acquisition of IJssel Technologie (closed on December 22, 2022), a Dutch industrial maintenance services provider, Bas Ambachtsheer is appointed CEO and Chris van Overbeeke CFO. The objective is to reinforce the company’s robust market position by accelerating commercial developments, boosting innovation, contributing to the energy transition, and deploying a clear M&A strategy.

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Argos Wityu to acquire IJssel Technologie

The common objective is to reinforce IJssel Technologie’s robust market position in accelerating commercial developments, boosting innovation, contributing to the energy transition, and deploying a clear M&A strategy. This acquisition marks Argos Wityu’s fifth investment by its MidMarket fund VIII.

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Argos Index® Mid-market Q3 2022

Paris (France) – 23 November 2022 – Argos Wityu, the independent European investment fund, and Epsilon Research, the online platform for the management of non-quoted M&A transactions, today published the Argos Index® Mid-market for the third quarter of 2022. This index, launched in 2006, tracks the valuations of eurozone private, mid-market companies in which a majority stake has been acquired during the last six months.

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Argos Wityu sells Juratoys to Maped

Argos Wityu, an independent European investment fund, has agreed to sell Juratoys, a designer and distributor of toys and games (Janod, Kaloo and Liliputiens brands) to the family-owned Maped group, a leader in school, writing, colouring and office supplies.

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Argos Wityu invests in SB Italia

Argos Wityu, an independent pan-European private equity group, has taken a majority stake in SB Italia, a digital innovation company specialized in IT solutions and services for the management, integration, and digitisation of business processes.

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Zodiac Milpro, a company supported by Argos Wityu, acquires the German shipyard Yachtwerft Meyer.

This acquisition enables Zodiac Milpro to accelerate its international growth and strengthen its portfolio with a new prestige brand.

Zodiac Milpro, the world leader in high-performance inflatable and rigid inflatable boats, has announced the acquisition of Yachtwerft Meyer, specialized in the design and production of custom-made premium boats. Supported by Argos Wityu since 2018, Zodiac Milpro is an investment of the Argos VII fund.

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Argos Wityu is launching an “Article 9” buyout climate fund dedicated to European SMEs, with a clear CO2 intensity reduction target of 7.5% per year, and a direct alignment of team incentive on the environmental performance.

Argos Wityu is excited to announce the launch of its new climate action strategy, which aims at leveraging its 30-year track record of transforming European SMEs by facilitating the “Grey to Green” transformation of the core economy and shaping sustainable leaders.

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Argos Wityu has recruited two high-level professionals for its new strategy, dedicated to the deep environmental transformation of small and mid-sized European businesses.

Two high-level professionals, Sandra Lagumina and Jack Azoulay, join Argos Wityu, the leading independent European investment fund, as Senior Partners.
Sandra and Jack will actively contribute to implementing a new investment strategy aimed at deep environmental transformation for European businesses, complementing the strategy that has made Argos successful for more than three decades. This pioneering environmental impact fund, the details of which will be announced in the coming weeks, will aim at both financial and ecological performance. In this regard, it will have a quantified and measurable decarbonation target.

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The Emosia group, owner of Maison Berger Paris, is acquiring My Jolie Candle, a French brand of jewellery candles, thereby further stepping up its growth and development on the home fragrances market.

Bourgtheroulde, 28 July 2022 – The Emosia Group, a company supported by Argos Wityu, is acquiring the start-up My Jolie Candle. Founded in 2014, My Jolie Candle has established itself on the home fragrances market, owing to its innovative candles with jewellery hidden inside. The two entities are highly complementary, and this acquisition will enable them to develop on this fast-growing market.

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Mid-market Argos Index® 2nd quarter 2022

Paris (France) – 20 July 2022 – Argos Wityu, an independent European investment fund, and Epsilon Research, the online platform for the management of unlisted M&A transactions, today published the Mid-market Argos Index® for the second quarter of 2022. Launched in 2006, the index tracks the valuations of unlisted eurozone SMEs in which a majority stake has been taken over the previous six months.

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Argos Wityu mobilizes for Ukraine 

In a collective action, Argos Wityu team members have joined forces to donate to Médecins Sans
Frontières/Doctors Without Borders. More than 52,500€ were collected internally. This amount was doubled by
Argos Wityu, bringing the total amount of the gift to over 105,000€.

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Mid-market Argos Index® Q4 2021

Paris (France) – 18 February 2022 – Argos Wityu, the independent European investment fund, and Epsilon Research, the online platform for the management of non-quoted M&A transactions, today published the Mid-market Argos Index® for the fourth quarter of 2021.

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Olinn, a European IT equipment management company, supported by Argos Wityu, is strengthening its international presence with the acquisition of EMG, a leader in scalable IT equipment leasing in Luxembourg.

Puteaux (France), 7 December 2021 – Olinn, a company specialised in financing and equipment management solutions (sourcing, operating leases, equipment management, fleet management, reconditioning, recycling) in the IT, mobile telephone, vehicle and medical / industrial equipment sectors, is to acquire EMG…

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Argos Index® Mid-market Q3 2021

Paris (France) – 18 November 2021 – Argos Wityu, the independent European investment fund, and Epsilon Research, the online platform for the management of non-quoted M&A transactions, today published the Argos Index® Mid-market for the third quarter of 2021…

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Olinn, a European IT equipment management company, supported by Argos Wityu, is to acquire BPM (Bon Plan Micro), a company specialised in the reconditioning of IT system infrastructure.

Puteaux (France), 28 September 2021 – Olinn, a company specialised in financing and equipment management solutions (sourcing, operating leases, equipment management, fleet management, reconditioning, recycling) in the IT, mobile telephone, vehicle and medical / industrial equipment sectors, is to acquire BPM…

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Schenk - Argos Wityu

Their common objective is for Schenk to play an important role in the creation of a sustainable and future-proof logistics network by building on its leading ESG position in the Western European transportation market.

Papendrecht (The Netherlands), Brussels (Belgium) – 16th of August 2021 – Argos Wityu, a pan-European private equity fund has reached an agreement with Harry and Arjan Schenk to acquire a majority stake in the company that carries their name as its current shareholders…

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Mid-market Argos Index® 2nd quarter 2021

Paris (France) – 22 July 2021 – Argos Wityu, an independent European investment fund, and Epsilon Research, the online platform for the management of unlisted M&A transactions, today published the Mid-market Argos Index® for the second quarter of 2021…

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Mid-market Argos Index® First quarter 2021

Paris (France) – 19 May 2021 – Argos Wityu, an independent European investment fund, and Epsilon Research, the online platform for the management of unlisted M&A transactions, today published the Argos Mid-market Index® for the first quarter of 2021…

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Newcomers and promotions within Argos Wityu

Milan, Zola Predosa – Bologna (Italy) , February 13, 2020 – Argos Wityu, pan-European Private Equity fund with over thirty years track record, announces the signing of a contract for the acquisition of the entire share capital of Sicura…

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Mid-market Argos Index® Q4 2020

Paris (France) – 1 March 2021 – Argos Wityu, the independent European investment fund, and Epsilon Research, the online platform for the management of non-quoted M&A transactions, today published the Mid-market Argos Index® for the fourth quarter of 2020…

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Mid-market Argos Index® Q3 2020

Paris (France) – 18 November 2020 – Argos Wityu, the independent European investment fund, and Epsilon Research, the online platform for the management of non-quoted M&A transactions, today published the mid-market Argos Index® for the third quarter of 2020…

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Promotions within Argos Wityu

Brussels (Belgium), 10 September 2020 – Argos Wityu, independent European private-equity group, announces the promotions of Arne Louwagie and Roel van Ark as Investment Managers…

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Argos Mid-market Index® Q1 2020

Paris (France) – 12 May 2020 – Argos Wityu, an independent European investment fund, and Epson Research, the online platform for the management of unlisted M&A transactions, today published the Argos Mid-market Index® for the first quarter of 2020…

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Guillaume Laurin is appointed CEO of Zodiac Milpro

Paris (France), 2 April 2020 – Guillaume Laurin has been chosen to succeed to Marc Lavorata as CEO of Zodiac Milpro. Guillaume will arrive on 6 April 2020, and his appointment will take effect as of 4 May 2020, with the continuing support of Marc Lavorata, who will become COO…

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Mid-market Argos Index® Q4 2019

Paris (France) – 26 February 2020 – Argos Wityu, the independent European investment fund, and Epsilon Research, the online platform for the management of non-quoted M&A transactions, today published the Mid-market Argos Index® for the fourth quarter of 2019…

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Exclusive negotiations between EPC Groupe’s founders and Argos Wityu SAS regarding the conditional acquisition of the entire share capital of E.J. Barbier.

Paris (France) – 15 November 2019 – The shareholders of E.J. Barbier SA (« E.J. Barbier »), a controlling holding company owning 113 603 shares representing approximately 67.46% of the share capital and 82.98% of the voting rights of Société Anonyme d’Explosifs et de Produits Chimiques1 (“EPC Groupe” or “EPC”) and 3 777 founder’s shares2 , have entered into exclusive negotiations with the management company Argos Wityu SAS (“Argos”)…

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Mid-market Argos Index® Q3 2019

Paris (France) – 15 November 2019 – Argos Wityu, the independent European investment fund, and Epsilon Research, the online platform for the management of M&A transactions on unlisted companies, today published the mid-market Argos Index® for the 3rd quarter of 2019. This index, launched in 2006, measures changes in the valuations of Eurozone private mid-market companies in which a majority stake has been acquired during the last six months.

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New organisation within Argos Wityu

Milan (Italy), Frankfurt (Germany), Paris (France) 17 October 2019 – Argos Wityu, European independent private-equity group, announces the nominations of Giuseppe Bonsignore as Chief Operations Officer, Jacqui Darbyshire as Chief Financial Officer and Coralie Cornet as Communications Director. Additionally, Lee Tagg joined as Fund Financial Controller based in Paris.

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Promotions and recruitment within Argos Wityu

Brussels (Belgium), Frankfurt (Germany), Milan (Italy), Paris (France) 11 September 2019 – Argos Wityu announces the nominations as Partners of Rainer Derix (DACH), Alessio Manigrasso (Italy), Maarten Meijssen and Richard Reis (both Benelux).

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Mid-market Argos Index® Q2 2019

Paris (France), 24 July 2019 – Argos Wityu, the European independent private equity group, and Epsilon Research, the online platform for the management of unlisted M&A transactions, today published the mid-market Argos Index® for the 2nd quarter of 2019.

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Argos Wityu enters into exclusive negotiations with Providence Strategic Growth for the sale of I’Car Systems and DATAFIRST

London, UK and Paris, Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, Lyon, France – 10 July 2019 – Argos Wityu, the European independent private equity group, today announced it has entered into exclusive negotiations with funds advised by Providence Strategic Growth (“PSG”), the growth equity affiliate of Providence Equity Partners (“Providence”), with a view to reaching a definitive agreement for the sale of I’Car Systems and DATAFIRST…

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Jean Pierre Di Benedetto

Managing Partner

ITALY

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Giuseppe Bonsignore

COO

ITALY

Paris

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Louis Godron

Managing Partner

FRANCE

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karel Kroupa

Managing Partner

FRANCE

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Gilles Lorang

Managing Partner

BENELUX

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Coralie Cornet

Head of communications

FRANCE

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Jacqui Darbyshire

Chief Financial Officer

FRANCE

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Foodservice industry

Revennues : 50M€

FRANCE

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Foodservice industry

Revennues : 40M€

ITALY

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Foodservice industry

Revennues : 30M€

FRANCE