Omnes Capital's exits

Sector 
Infrastructure
Entry Date 
2010
Exit Date 
2018
Business 
Renewable Energy

Neoen

International leading Independent power producer

Neoen is a French leading and one of the world’s largest independent power producers of renewable energy. The company was founded in 2008 by Jacques Veyrat. Neoen develops, finances, builds and operates power plants running on renewable energy sources (solar, wind, biomass). Neoen’s footprint extends across 12 countries, including France, Portugal, Australia, Mexico and Egypt. The company aims to achieve a capacity in operation and under construction in excess of 5 GW by 2021.

In October 2018 Neoen entered the regulated market of Euronext Paris and its IPO presented the largest capital raise in the last 16 months on Euronext Paris.

Neoen has been accompanied by Capenergie 1, Capenergie 2 and Capenergie 3.

Latest news
“You are not born an entrepreneur – you become one!"
BARBARO
XAVIER
CEO
of Neoen
Neoen
Project

A pioneer spirit

Less than a year after Neoen was set up, Xavier opened up the company to outside investors. He knew that to have staying power, a firm needs to quickly reach critical mass, build professionalism and take emerging international opportunities.

“We chose partners – Louis Dreyfus (now Impala) and Omnes Capital – who shared our vision and mindset. Like us, they are pioneers, and we are so pleased to share this adventure with them.”

PROFILE
Xavier
BARBARO
CEO
of Neoen
“You are not born an entrepreneur – you become one”, says Xavier Barbaro when asked about the success story that is Neoen, which has grown to become France’s third-largest producer of green energy behind EDF and GDF Suez. Admittedly, when he started out, Xavier did have a few important qualities, not least being a graduate of École Polytechnique and École des Ponts et Chaussées, two prestigious French schools. But there was no hint of his future career as an entrepreneur. He got the bug from Jacques Veyrat, then boss of LDCom. “I was deeply marked by my time at LDCom during the dot-com boom. I saw the beating heart of a business and encountered stories of passion, struggle and survival.”
After a spell in the USA, during which he earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, Xavier Barbaro joined Louis Dreyfus Commodities and led a number of projects in Asia, particularly in the biofuel sector. In 2007, he went back to Jacques Veyrat, who was by then in charge of the Louis Dreyfus Group, and told him that he wanted to work in the energy sector and to take on an entrepreneurial project. With Veyrat’s backing, he got involved in renewable energy with the creation of Neoen. It was a daring undertaking in a sector that then included about 300 firms in France. Xavier put his faith in a pioneering spirit, support from top-tier shareholders and a rigorous approach.
Success came quickly. “We now manage projects that are 600 times larger than the ones we started out with in 2008. The launch of Europe’s biggest solar park shows how far we have come in a few years.” Although he is keeping both feet firmly in France, Xavier is also looking abroad, with numerous projects under development in places as far afield as Australia, Egypt, Mexico and El Salvador. “As the costs of producing solar power tumble, we are taking everyone by surprise. This is just beginning.”
CAREER PATH

Timeline

2001: Started out at LDCom, now Neuf Cegetel
2008: Formation of Neoen, initially as part of Direct Energie. Neoen became fully independent in 2011.
2014: Moved up the next level by launching Europe’s largest photovoltaic park in Cestas near Bordeaux and winning two major tenders in El Salvador and Australia. Also the year when Neoen became the third-largest producer of renewable energy in France.

neoen
Sector 
Infrastructure
Entry Date 
2009
Exit Date 
2018
Business 
Renewable Energy

Elettrostudio Energia

Italian renewable multi-energy independent power producer

Located in Venice-Mestre and founded in 2004 by the Ceroni family, Elettrostudio Energia is an Italian renewable multi-energy independent power producer. The company’s activities cover the entire renewable value chain: project development and financing, construction, operation and maintenance, asset management and energy management service. In 2017 Elettrostudio Energia was holding an operating portfolio of more than 70 MW of aggregated installed capacity diversified in wind, solar, biomass and hydro projects.

Latest news
Sector 
Infrastructure
Entry Date 
2014
Exit Date 
2018
Business 
Renewable Energy

Société Géothermale de Val d’Europe (Villages Nature)

Geothermal heating district
Société Géothermale de Val d’Europe is a company designing, constructing and operating geothermal production system and heat network. The company is located in the site of the new touristic resort Villages Nature in Marne-la-Vallée, close to Paris. On the one hand, the project provides thermal energy to the resort of Villages Nature, on the other hand it supplies the residual heat available to the neighboring Disneyland Paris site. Capenergie 2 held a 51% stake in this project.
Latest news
Sector 
Infrastructure
Entry Date 
2007
Exit Date 
2018
Business 
Renewable Energy

Velcan Energy

Hydraulic independent power producer with a focus on emerging countries
Velcan Energy was created in Avril 2005, operating as an independent power producer, especially focusing on the hydro sector. Velcan Energy’s activity is to develop, construct and exploit hydropower plants with an average size of between 50 and 200 MW. The company is present in emerging countries such as India, Brazil, Laos and Indonesia and is managing a global portfolio of assets. Its major power project under development are hydropower concessions located in India and totalling 571 MW. Velcan Holdings is listed on the Paris Euronext Growth Stock Market. Velcan Energy drives strong diversification for the fund thanks to its portfolio of international hydro projects.
Sector 
Infrastructure
Entry Date 
2007
Exit Date 
2016
Buyer 
3i Infrastructure
Business 
Renewable Energy

Valorem

Leading green energy producer

Valorem is a pioneer in the French wind industry with an international presence thanks to local partnerships. Its portfolio consists of high quality and diversified projects. The Valorem group controls the entire development cycle of green power generation, from prospecting and design through to project management and full operation. From 2008 to the exit date, the group gained international exposure and exported its expertise to Africa, Eastern and Northern Europe and the Caribbean.

 

 

Latest news
Sector 
Infrastructure
Entry Date 
2012
Exit Date 
2016
Business 
Renewable Energy

Solar Infrastructure

Solar farm portfolio
Solar Infrastructure is a French investment holding with focus on investment in solar plants as majority shareholder. The company’s ambition is to constitute a solar portfolio of critical size. The holding was held by Capenergie II Infrastructure.
Latest news
Sector 
Infrastructure
Entry Date 
2008
Exit Date 
2016
Business 
Renewable Energy

Solar Participations

Acquisition of investments in photovoltaic power plants

Solar Participations is a French infrastructure holding company created by Capenergie and Urbasolar in 2010 with the aim of acquiring operating solar plants developed and built by Urbasolar. Solar Participations achieved the acquisition of 12 roof-top photovoltaic plants with a total installed capacity of 7 MW.

 

Sector 
Infrastructure
Entry Date 
2011
Exit Date 
2016
Business 
Renewable Energy

PI Energy & PI Energy 2 (Poste Immo)

Project to build photovoltaic power plants at buildings in La Poste’s property portfolio

Poste Immo is the subsidiary of La Poste group specialized in property and real estate. Urbasolar and Omnes Capital have formed a partnership with La Poste Immo to build photovoltaic power plants on properties owned by the La Poste group.

Latest news
Sector 
Infrastructure
Entry Date 
2013
Exit Date 
2016
Business 
Renewable Energy

Capenergie SGPS

Solar farm portfolio
The company’s activity is the majority shareholding in solar infrastructure projects in Portugal. Capenergie SGPS was held 100% by Capenergie 2 and Capenergie II Infrastructure.
Sector 
Infrastructure
Entry Date 
2006
Exit Date 
2015
Buyer 
Compagnie du Vent
Business 
Renewable Energy

SEVE / La compagnie du vent

Electricity generation using solar photovoltaic and biofuel

Compagnie du Vent, part of the Suez group and one of France’s leading energy companies, is a major player in renewable energy owing to its diversification into the generation of electricity from solar photovoltaic and biofuel. The company owns and runs 12 wind farms with over 105 MW in installed capacity, including the Espinassière 2 facility in the very windy Vendée region. La Compagnie du Vent has also built close to 60 MW in capacity for third parties in Morocco.

Pages

NewsRoom
Press release
18 July 2019
Omnes invests in Belgian consultancy firm Intys and signs Omnes Croissance 4 fund’s first international deal



Omnes invests in Belgian consultancy firm Intys and signs Omnes Croissance 4 fund’s first international deal
Captain Tortue supported since 2018 : interview with Philippe Jacquelinet and Nathalie Coppola
Publication
Scope, the Omnes review, June 2019
Press release
04 July 2019
Omniprom is established to operate real estate projects with high energy and environmental performance
Omniprom is established to operate real estate projects with high energy and environmental performance
Job offer
Discover our job offers on Linkedin
4 years 5 months ago
Logo reveal video
Press release
15 May 2019
SPHEREA continues its growth trajectory with a consortium comprising Andera Partners and Omnes
SPHEREA continues its growth trajectory with a consortium comprising Andera Partners and Omnes

Pages