Paris, May 18th 2010 - Bryan, Garnier & Co, the investment bank for growth companies, advised Compass Group, the world leader in catering services for the acquisition of Caterine Restauration (8th largest contract catering services group in France). The company was held so far by Industries et Finances (79%), the management (20%) and Ouest Croissance (1%).
Founded in 2006, Caterine Restauration is the result of 6 catering companies coming together overtime, specialized in central kitchens (meals prepared offsite contrary to the classical model where meals are prepared onsite). These central kitchens cover the East, the West and the Center of France and serve 13 million meals per year to 84 sites.
Thanks to the setting up of best practices and common tools, the whole group was enabled to considerably enhance its performances: since 2006, Caterine Restauration has experienced a 7% yearly organic growth of sales and expects to achieve in 2010 sales of 47m€ (vs. 42m€ in 2009). Since then Ebit margin has increased from 8% to 11%.
For Compass, third player on the French market with sales of 1.1bn€ and roughly 16,000 employees, "this acquisition will allow to strengthen our know-how and our presence in France on the segment of meals delivered from central kitchens", declared Aymar Hénin, Chairman of Compass France. The group wants to pursue the development of Caterine Restauration through a dedicated Business Unit while keeping its management team, the brands and the installations.
"Coming together with Compass will enable us to join a world leader of the industry and to benefit from its negotiation power, its expertise and from a strong support to our development", declared Pierre Brémond, CEO of Caterine Restauration.
"Bryan Garnier & Co really supported us moving through this tensed process, their valuation and negotiation skills have been precious for us in this key acquisition for Compass France", declared Bertrand Vinot, Compass France CFO.
"It has been exciting to advise Compass in this competitive auction, through which the value and attractiveness of Compass' industrial model made a real difference for the management and shareholders of Caterine", stated Virginie Lazès, Partner, Head of Corporate Finance for Bryan Garnier & Co.
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About Compass Group France
With 188 million meals prepared each year, Compass Group France is one of the French contract catering market leaders. With 15,000 employees and sales of 1.064bn€, Compass Group France works for 2,400 organizations.
About Bryan, Garnier & Co
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