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Adenia sells Mauvilac to AkzoNobel

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April 2, 2020, 2:16 p.m.
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Adenia has finalized the sale of the 95% equity stake held by Adenia Capital (III) in Mauvilac to AkzoNobel, the third largest paint manufacturer worldwide.

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Adenia has finalized the sale of the 95% equity stake held by Adenia Capital (III) in Mauvilac to AkzoNobel, the third largest paint manufacturer worldwide.

Mauvilac is the leading paint and coatings manufacturer in Mauritius.

Adenia invested in Mauvilac in 2014.

During its investment period, Adenia initiated and implemented several value creation initiatives. Adenia recruited a new management team who steered the implementation of an ambitious modernization plan.

Significant investments were made to upgrade the factory and improve standards that are now in line with ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001, respectively, for quality, environmental and occupational health and safety management.

Multiple product innovations were launched, with an increased focus on eco-friendly paints. Notable productivity improvements and increased network of direct distribution resulted in an EBITDA margin increase of more than 60% since acquisition.

The transformation plan implemented at Mauvilac epitomizes what Adenia delivers with its majority ownership strategy: strong value creation through modernization of governance, standards, infrastructure, and improvement of quality of employment.

Given Mauvilac’s strong positioning on its core market, its improved processes and the quality of its distribution network, Adenia has gained traction from various strategic and financial buyers during the exit process.

From Adenia’s side, the deal was advised by Lazard, Desfilis Avocats (Philippe Rosenpick, Partner, and Sidney Lichtenstein, Associate) and Ernst & Young.

Since 2002, Adenia has successfully raised 500m across four funds and is among the very few PE firms that invests on the continent exclusively in controlling stakes.

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