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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.

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“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 
Hardware
Entry Date 
2015
Exit Date 
2018
Buyer 
VYV
Business 
Venture Capital

seniorAdom

SeniorAdom offers new remote assistance technology

Founded in November 2012, SeniorAdom offers new remote assistance technology. SeniorAdom’s next-generation technology automatically detects falls and sudden illness using a smart system of detectors (no cameras) connected to a central device. This central device is easy to install and use. It can simply be plugged into a power socket (no need for an internet connection because it has an embedded GSM mobile phone card). No special training is required.
In addition to falls and sudden illness, SeniorAdom’s solution can also report any unusual patterns in the life of a dependent person by sending a text or email to their carer. Each carer has a personalised and secure space from which they can monitor the well-being of the person living in their own home. SeniorAdom has genuinely disrupted the remote assistance space, which had barely advanced in 35 years. It provides comfort and peace of mind to both carers and service users.

« Omnes provides us with its network and helps us to confirm our market credibility »
THIERRY
ROUSSEL
co-founder
of SeniorAdom
SeniorAdom

SeniorAdom sets out to conquer the telecare market.

Determined to revolutionise the sector through innovative technology, the start-up has been supported by Omnes Capital and four other reputed investors since 2015

key figures

  • Over 1.5 million seniors or disabled people live at home alone and want to remain autonomous.
  • 47% of seniors take a fall at least once a year, and half of them cannot get back on their feet by themselves.
  • Only 6% of French people over 80 were equipped with smart telecare devices in 2010.
  • Nearly 1,000 people are already equipped with SeniorAdom technology just a few months after commercial launch.
A TELECARE REVOLUTION

The solutions available until now required them to wear a "smart" necklace, watch or bracelet to alert the emergency services in the event of a fall. But these devices are rarely used because they come with a certain stigma and are seen as ineffective in cases of loss of consciousness. In response, SeniorAdom has developed an innovative technology able to automatically detect abnormal situations.


The concept consists of a box connected to sensors that detect the movements of the individual at home and serve to model their habitual everyday movements. In the event of an anomaly, an alarm is sent to the caregivers and then to a call platform, which calls out the emergency services where necessary. « Since its launch in 2012, SeniorAdom has successfully demonstrated the effectiveness of its technology as well as the strong acceptability of the product from both a financial and an everyday use standpoint, » says François-Xavier Dedde, Principal at Omnes Capital. All of which convinced Omnes Capital to invest in the start-up in 2015, with a view to helping it step up the roll-out of its product and extend its distribution platforms. « Acquiring a share in SeniorAdom fits in perfectly with our investment strategy on smart healthcare, » says François-Xavier Dedde. « SeniorAdom brings together all the key success factors: market opportunity, robust technology and a profile of outstanding entrepreneurs »

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS
After admitting Business Angels and Kima Ventures into its capital in mid-2014, the founders initiated a new fundraising in summer 2015, attracting three new investors alongside Omnes Capital : 123Venture, SEB Alliance and AG2R LA MONDIALE. « After leading the financing round, we are supporting the company through regular dialogue with its managers. Our aim is to help them call themselves into question, prioritise, and to offer the benefit of our operational expertise,» says François-Xavier Dedde. The company continues to grow and hopes to expand internationally in the near future.
3 questions for THIERRY ROUSSEL
Thierry
ROUSSEL
co-founder
of SeniorAdom
Why the fundraising in 2015?
After winning a contract with the City of Paris in 2013, SeniorAdom was able to test its solution with vulnerable individuals through the financial support of Business Angels, including Xavier Niel via Kima. A year later, we finally received approval from France’s old-age insurance fund, CNAV. The time had come for us to join forces with investors to initiate the project’s roll-out phase. The investors included financial partners such as 123Venture and Omnes, which I had the pleasure of working with during Direct Energie’s second financing round in 2004, together with manufacturers such as SEB Alliance, which is interested in our technology (the box is a real hub), and AG2R LA MONDIALE, the leader in social protection in France.
What did Omnes Capital contribute to you and your company?
Their contribution was invaluable on several levels. Omnes immediately took charge of the financing round, lending it impetus and challenging our business model. We also benefited from their network, met with robust players, and confirmed our credibility in the market. In addition, we appreciate the quality of the human relations we have with our contacts and their sound understanding of our business.
What are your objectives now?
We have given ourselves a few months to conclude our tests of the various distribution platforms. We recently formed a partnership with Europ Assistance. We need a little more time to gain the necessary perspective and finalise our strategy. We will then organise a new fundraising to initiate international roll-out by harnessing the most relevant platforms.
senioradom
Sector 
Business services
Entry Date 
2015
Exit Date 
2018
Business 
Mid-Cap Buyout & Growth Capital

Bimedia

One of France’s leading providers of software solutions for local retailers

Founded in La Roche-sur-Yon (Vendée department) in 2002, Bimedia provides software solutions and point-of-sale terminals to almost 6,000 local retailers (newsagents, tobacconists, bakers). Other key strengths of the company include telephony sales, electronic payment systems and digital advertising sales across its network.

Sector 
Medical devices
Entry Date 
2011
Exit Date 
2018
Business 
Venture Capital

Novate Medical

An innovative new inferior vena cava filter device to prevent pulmonary embolism

Based in Galway (Ireland), Novate Medical specialises in developing vena cava filters.
Its flagship product, a bioconvertible vena cava filter, is the first of its kind in the world. It is composed of a bioabsorbable material that helps to protect patients at transient high risk of pulmonary embolism. This medical device dispenses with the need for a follow-up procedure to remove the filter, as required for the optional vena cava filters currently available on the market.

 

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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.

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Sector 
SaaS / Cloud
Entry Date 
2012
Exit Date 
2018
Buyer 
Webedia
Business 
Venture Capital

Adictiz

Video game solution for brands on the web, social media and mobiles.

Adictiz, a French company set up in 2009, specialises in video games for the web, social media and mobiles. Adictiz is the company behind Space Dog and What a Stupid Pigeon, which boast 45 million users worldwide. Harnessing this expertise, Adictiz created Adictiz Box, a platform dedicated to brands, specialised in attracting, engaging and converting users by coming up with turnkey games. The company works with over 1,000 businesses and agencies, including Groupon, 3 Suisses, Monoprix, Sephora, DDB, Publicis and Moxie. Adictiz, which is headquartered in Lille, now has subsidiaries in Paris and San Francisco.

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Sector 
Consumer goods
Entry Date 
2009
Exit Date 
2018
Buyer 
Management
Business 
Small-Cap Buyout & Growth Capital

ABC Distribution

Accessories, Beauty products, Cosmetics

ABC Distribution has enjoyed strong growth for 10 years on the back of one simple idea: channelling feminine and masculine beauty via internationally renowned brands. With Elite models, Franck Provost, Berangé and, lastly, Princesse Lili, ABC has been able to inject fresh impetus into the beauty accessories and make-up market in France by selling smart and glamorous items at attractive prices and by gearing its production more and more towards Made in France label products.

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.
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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 
Healthcare facilities
Entry Date 
2009
Exit Date 
2017
Buyer 
Motion Equity Partners, LFPI
Business 
Small-Cap Buyout & Growth Capital
Sales 
€40 million in 2014

EA Pharma

Pharmaceutical company specialised in food supplements

EA Pharma is a French pharmaceutical company specialised in the production and distribution of drugs, food supplements and cosmetics. EA Pharma’s R&D qualities and its permanent quest for the best ingredients and formulas in both the medical and nutritional arena help it to meet all of its customer needs in three distinct business segments, i.e. healthcare, sport and well-being.

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