Céréa Capital sells its stake in BCF Life Sciences to MBO Partenaires and its Management

12-07-2018

Céréa Capital sells its stake in BCF Life Sciences to
MBO Partenaires and its Management

 

Paris, July 13th, 2018 – Based in Pleucadeuc, Morbihan – France, BCF Life Sciences is a leader in the extraction of natural amino acids, with sales of roughly €M 30 in 2017, 60% of which is realized internationally.

BCF Life Sciences designs, manufactures and markets three families of products:

  • L-Cystine and L-Tyrosine, amino acids mainly used in baby food, food supplements and clinical nutrition
  • Carbocistéine, a muco-regulating pharmaceutical active ingredient;  
  • Free amino acid mixes intended for animal nutrition (notably veterinary diet products for dogs and cats) and vegetal (leaf biostimulants).

Since the acquisition by Céréa Capital, accompanied by Sodero, and alongside the Management in August 2012, the Group’s economic performance has solidly progressed, thanks in particular to the commercial success of free amino acid mixes in powder form. To support its growth, the Group notably invested €M 8 in a drying tower in 2015.

The acquisition of BCF Life Sciences by MBO Partenaires, will provide the Management, which has reinvested significantly in the operation to reinforce its majority, the financial and human resources necessary to pursue the Group’s development.

Jacques Pidoux and Renaud Sergheraert, Managers of BCF Life Sciences, declared: “Céréa Capital’s support since 2012 has been extremely positive in helping to strengthen the company’s industrial facilities and its economic fundamentals. The arrival of MBO Partenaires opens a new page to further accelerate the strategy of innovation and international development whilst ensuring the ongoing pursuit of industrial investments essential to the Group’s growth.

Gilles Sicard, Executive Managing Director of Céréa Capital, added: “What attracted us in BCF Life Sciences is the high-quality traceability of its products with multiple applications in health, nutrition or beauty, as well as managers very implicated in development of a global strategy from Pleucadeuc. We wish them continued success with MBO Partenaires.”

 

ABOUT CEREA PARTENAIRE

Since 2004, Céréa Partenaire accompanies SMEs across the Agrobusiness sector (companies along the agro-food value chain, including: food, agro-industry, distribution, catering, equipment, packaging, logistics and associated services), in their industrial, commercial and geographic developments through both organic and external growth.

Céréa Partenaire has raised more than 1.3 billion euros from institutional investors and has invested in over 100 transactions. It is the partner of choice, supporting Agribusiness companies in their growth projects through tailored financial solutions in buyout, mezzanine and senior debt financing.

www.cerea.com

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