Paris, 31st May 2007- Bryan, Garnier & Co successfully leads the secondary placement of 20.5% of NetBooster shares. This transaction will enable NetBooster to enlarge its investor base and increase liquidity, by doubling the free float.
Bryan, Garnier & Co, the pan-European investment bank for emerging growth companies, announces the secondary placement of 1,142,228 shares (i.e. 20.5% of the outstanding shares) of the company NetBooster, listed on Alternext (FR0000079683 - ALNBT), for a total amount of €12.6 million, initially detained by historic financial shareholders of the company - investment funds such as Truffle Venture, Edmond de Rothschild Investment and Auriga Ventures. Bryan, Garnier & Co was sole manager and book runner on this transaction. Shares were placed at May 30th closing price (€11) with a dozen French and European institutional investors (73% in France, 23% in the UK and 4% in the Benelux).
Bruno Tourme, Managing Director of Bryan, Garnier & Co in charge of Technology and of this transaction, explained: « Bryan, Garnier & Co confirms its position of leading investment bank on the segment of European Growth companies. After the sales of Influe to Generix and AS Infor to Cegid in the Software sector, the secondary placement of Parrot shares in the Hardware sector, this new transaction illustrates our ability to work as well with companies from the Internet sphere, presenting significant development prospects such as NetBooster. Collaboration between our Corporate Finance and Research teams, combined with a strong sector and transaction expertise, associated to placement abilities with European institutional investors, are assets that best serve the interests and objectives of our clients. »
Netbooster increased revenues by 119% - from €8.9 million in 2005 to €19.5 million in 2006 (proforma) - and multiplied its net result by 4. The company intends to benefit from improved visibility and increased liquidity as a result of the transaction, to strengthen its leadership in online marketing. According to Pascal Chevalier, CEO of the company: « This transaction enables NetBooster to strengthen its shareholding thanks to the opening of the capital to a dozen prestigious French and European institutional investors, who will be able to support the company and its Management in the long-term development strategy. Bryan, Garnier & Co demonstrated its strong placement capabilities in European capital markets and close relationships with institutional investors. The quality of the investor base presented by Bryan, Garnier & Co, which included varied investment profiles and geographical diversity, combined with an attractive offer price, were the key elements to our satisfaction. »
Grégoire Revenu, Head of Corporate Finance at Bryan, Garnier & Co, added: « After the €45 million secondary placement of the Parrot shares last April, the €66.1 million capital increase for Sword and the transactions led with the companies Stedim and Carrere, this transaction is another significant example of our ability to ensure a smooth transition from the private equity world to the public capital markets. It further demonstrates our ability to provide optimal liquidity solutions to private equity investors in small caps, which often display limited trading volumes and research coverage. »
For further information:
Bruno Tourme, Head of Technology Group / +33 1 56 68 75 28 / email@example.com
Guillaume Durao, Associate / +33 1 56 68 75 27 / firstname.lastname@example.org
About NetBooster (www.netboostergroup.com)
Established in 1998, NetBooster is a European interactive agency specialised in online marketing. NetBooster makes its expertise available to its clients for Internet marketing: search engine optimisation, sponsored links, data-marketing, affiliation, traffic generation, online media, studio creation and strategic consulting. NetBooster achieved sales of € 19.5 million in 2006, a 119% growth versus 2005. With a workforce of 145 people, NetBooster Group is established through its subsidiaries in France, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain and recently Italy thanks to the acquisition of ADVance. It carries the OSEO-ANVAR seal of approval as an “Innovative Business” and thus its shares are eligible for FCPIs (French Mutual funds).
About Bryan, Garnier & Co (www.bryangarnier.com)
Bryan, Garnier & Co is an independent pan-European investment bank focused on growth companies in Technology, Media & Telecom, Health & Life Sciences and Renewable Energies. Based in London, Paris and Geneva, Bryan, Garnier & Co offers institutional sales and trading, asset management and corporate finance services to growth oriented investors and companies.
Bryan, Garnier & Co Corporate Finance team is composed of former investment bankers, venture capitalists and industry executives. The Corporate Finance practice advises European public and private growth companies, entrepreneurs and investors through Equity Capital Markets, Private Placements and Mergers & Acquisitions.
Bryan, Garnier & Co is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) in the United Kingdom, and is member of London Stock Exchange and Euronext.
For further information: www.bryangarnier.com.