Small-Cap Buyout & Growth Capital,
by Omnes Capital

Select French SMEs with strong growth potential


Investment strategy

  • High-performing French SMEs with a leadership position in their sector, genuine growth prospects, solid fundamentals and seasoned management teams
  • Enterprise value between €8 million and €25 million
  • Ticket size: €1 million to €8 million
  • Buyout and growth capital transactions

Strong partnership with LCL

  • Benefiting from business opportunities from the LCL network
  • Helping to strengthen LCL’s presence in the corporate market

Key strengths

  • Operational added value, flowing to a great extent from the sales growth generated by portfolio companies
  • Access to prime deals thanks to its strong roots in the regions and close ties with LCL
Key figures
€151
million in assets under management
13
companies in portfolio
43
investment transactions in 12 years
Business Case
"Based on trust and mutual respect”. That is how Alain Blondel describes his relationship with Omnes Capital.
ALAIN
BLONDEL
Chairman
of SIMP
SIMP

Because he’s worth it!

Based on “trust” and “mutual respect”. That is how Alain Blondel describes his relationship with Omnes Capital, which bought a stake in SIMP’s capital in 2011.
“I chose Omnes Capital on account of its ability to make decisions rapidly, its industry expertise and its knowledge of the issues facing SMEs, but also because we share the same long-term vision for SIMP,” he stated.
Alain Blondel
Président de SIMP
ALAIN
BLONDEL
Chairman
of SIMP
After a fact-finding mission to learn the ins and outs of running a small business of his own, he searched high and low for projects before eventually plumping for SIMP, a SME with well-known expertise in the micro-injection of plastic and rubber components and world leader in thermoplastic mascara brushes. What made you choose this business? Because it is unusual. Though small, with just 25 employees, it has a large sales base (€8.8 million in 2012) and tremendous potential.

“Growing an already well-run business was a highly motivating challenge,” says Alain Blondel, who has drawn on the existing teams in place and in particular on Eric de Bardonnèche, the current sales director, who has been appointed as director of business development. Alain Blondel joined forces with Omnes Capital to buy the company from Manuel Viegas, SIMP’s former manager. And he shares the same long-term vision for the business as his financial partner. The goal is to grow the Innovation unit through a focus on mascara and also to expand into new high value-added product niches.

He will not overlook expanding SIMP in international markets, especially emerging markets such as China and Brazil. “By pooling our energy and capitalising on our individual strengths, we are going to design new products, new manufacturing processes and win new customers. And we are going to stay a small and friendly firm,” says the business owner. Look out for SIMP to dazzle us in the future.

Timeline

• 1979: Director of PHAS France, L’Oréal brand.
• 1989: CEO France of Sanofi Beauté then Chairman of Roger & Gallet.
• 1994: Chairman & CEO of Pixxent (no. 3 in Europe in merchandising and PoS advertising).
• 2004: Vice-Chairman of Alcan Packaging Beauty in charge of the Fragrance & Cosmetics Europe- Brazil division.
• 2011: LBO of SIMP together with Omnes Capital.
SIMP
Portfolio
Digital portal bringing building trade professionals together with consumers
Design and production of plastic and/or metal technical small parts
Le leader français de la vente à distance de matériel d’élevage.
France’s leading marine and transport insurance broker
France’s leading supplier of pool products
Sale and fitting of external joinery products
One of the first industrial groups to manufacture raw frozen bread
IT security specialist
European leader in aerospace paint and sealing products
Geolocation and corporate vehicle fleet management specialist
International oil and gas engineering group
Europe’s leading manufacturer of plastic applicators and make-up wipers for the cosmetics market.
newsroom
Press release
26 July 2017
Omnes Capital completes primary LBO of the Geoxia Group's brands in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region (Maisons Clairlande, Les Demeures de la Côte d’Argent, Rouquié Constructions)
Omnes Capital completes primary LBO of the Geoxia Group's brands in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region (Maisons Clairlande, Les Demeures de la Côte d’Argent, Rouquié Constructions)
Publication
Omnes Newsletter no 32: Nicolas Ricart, CEO Batiweb Group
Press release
04 May 2017
Omnes Capital acquires a minority core shareholding in the Batiweb Group via a capital development transaction

Omnes Capital acquires a minority core shareholding in the Batiweb Group via a capital development transaction
Press release
30 March 2017
Omnes Capital, with the support of co-investors Capital Transmission and Bpifrance, acquires a stake in Groupe RGF as part of a management buy-in (MBI)
Omnes Capital, with the support of co-investors Capital Transmission and Bpifrance, acquires a stake in Groupe RGF as part of a management buy-in (MBI)
Press release
09 March 2017
Omnes Capital and Bpifrance sell their stake in Grain d’Or Gel within the framework of its merger with Lubrano

Omnes Capital and Bpifrance sell their stake in Grain d’Or Gel within the framework of its merger with Lubrano
Publication
Omnes Newsletter no 32: Laurent Saint-Martin, MP (LREM) for Val-de-Marne and Vice-President of the Finance Committee of the French National Assembly
Press release
28 November 2016
Omnes Capital invests in Ducatillon alongside Bpifrance as part of a Buyer-In-Management-Buy-Out (BIMBO) deal.
Omnes Capital invests in Ducatillon alongside Bpifrance as part of a Buyer-In-Management-Buy-Out (BIMBO) deal.
Press release
17 November 2016
Omnes Capital sells its stake in Nomios to network and security integrator Infradata Group, owned by Waterland Private Equity.

Omnes Capital sells its stake in Nomios to network and security integrator Infradata Group, owned by Waterland Private Equity.