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Advent International enters exclusive negotiations with Sagard and Ergon for the acquisition of Corialis

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Paris, August 1, 2014 – Advent International, one of the largest and most experienced firms dedicated solely to private equity, has entered into exclusive negotiations with Sagard and Ergon to acquire Corialis (Core Innovative Aluminum Integrated Solutions) alongside its management.

Founded in 1984, and headquartered in Belgium, Corialis is a leading European supplier of aluminum profile systems for windows, doors, conservatories and curtain walls. The group has global reach with significant operations in Belgium, France, the UK, and Poland. In the context of the proposed transaction, with Advent’s support, Corialis will aim at accelerating its international development.

The terms of this transaction, which requires workers’ council information and consultation and is subject to the approval of relevant market authorities, are not disclosed.

About Advent International

Founded in 1984, Advent International is one of the largest and most experienced global investors dedicated solely to private equity. Since inception, the firm has invested in more than 290 buyout transactions in 39 countries and today has EUR 23.3 billion in assets under management. With offices on four continents, Advent has established a globally integrated team of over 170 investment professionals across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. The firm focuses on growth and traditional buyout and strategic repositioning transactions across five core sectors, including business and financial services; healthcare; industrial; retail, consumer and leisure; and technology, media and telecoms. After 30 years dedicated to international investing, Advent remains committed to partnering with management teams to deliver sustained revenue and earnings growth for portfolio companies.

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About Sagard

Sagard is a French investment fund that provides equity capital to support the development of mid-sized companies led by ambitious management teams. Created by the Desmarais family (Power Corporation of Canada) in 2003 together with a group of well entrenched industrial families, it manages close to EUR 2.0 billion in funds. Since 2004, Sagard and its team of 10 professionals based in Paris have carried out 23 LBO transactions in the industrial and service sectors in France, Belgium and Switzerland.
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About Ergon

Ergon Capital Partners II (‘Ergon’) is a mid-market private equity investment company backed by Groupe Bruxelles Lambert and Parcom Capital. Ergon, together with the other investment programs, Ergon Capital Partners and Ergon Capital Partners III (together ‘Ergon Funds’), manages EUR 775 million of committed capital. Ergon is a disciplined and discreet value investor, which provides "patient and friendly capital" to entrepreneurs and managers who need capital and industrial solutions to accelerate the development of their companies. Ergon makes equity investments from EUR 20 million up to EUR 70 million in leading companies with a sustainable competitive position in attractive niche markets located in the Benelux, Italy, Iberia, France, Germany and Switzerland. Ergon is advised by Ergon Capital Advisors which has offices in Brussels, Milan, Madrid and Paris.
Since its inception in 2005, Ergon Funds invested in 13 companies (of which 4 in the Benelux, 6 in Italy, 1 in France, 1 in Spain and 1 in Germany) for a total aggregate transaction value of EUR 2.6 billion and has completed 18 add-on acquisitions for an aggregate value of EUR 400 million.

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