Carso recomposes its capital. The group has announced that the ArchiMed fund has taken a majority stake in the company, alongside Capza, Siparex and the founders. Eric Sarfati, from SGS, succeeds Bruno Schnepp as Chairman and CEO.
Carso, a specialist in analytical control services for the health, water, environment, food and pharmaceutical industries, has announced that it has recomposed its capital around the transatlantic health fund ArchiMed, which has taken a majority stake. French venture capital firms Capza and Siparex complete the round of financing alongside the group's management and founders. Carso was previously owned by EMZ Partners, Raise, Siparex, Unigrains and Étoile Capital.
This shareholder reorganization was motivated by Bruno Schnepp's desire to withdraw from the operational management of the group. He will, however, retain a minority stake in Carso and a privileged position on the Board of Directors. Eric Sarfati, former Chairman of SGS France, the world leader in inspection, control, analysis and certification, will succeed Bruno Schnepp as Chairman and CEO.
"The arrival of new shareholders will allow us to develop Carso in new territories and to strengthen its position in its historical markets, which are the environment, food and pharmaceutical industries. It is a great challenge that we will take up together, with all the teams!says Eric Sarfati, Carso's new CEO.
Over the next five years, Carso and ArchiMed, along with financial partners Capza and Siparex, plan to double the group's current annual revenue of more than 200 million euros.
"As a leader in environmental analytical services in France, the most developed market in Europe, Carso is ideally placed to consolidate its sector.says Antoine Faguer, partner at ArchiMed.
This is not the first investment in Carso for Antoine Faguer and Managing Partners Vincent Guillaumot and Denis Ribon. All three formed the core of the global healthcare team of the private equity firm 3i, which held a minority stake in Carso between 2005 and 2011. Working closely with Bruno Schnepp and his managers, they contributed to the completion of six acquisitions for Carso.
Photo: Éric Sarfati, President and CEO.
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