St. Peter Port, Guernsey (ots/PRNewswire)
European Capital Limited (LSE: ECAS) ("European Capital"),
announced that in the first quarter of 2008 it supported the growth
of its portfolio companies through four add-on acquisitions:
-- Wakame: Add-on to Marco Polo Foods, European manufacturer of fresh and
frozen sushi, completed in January. European Capital invested euro 29
million in the One Stop Buyout(TM) of Marco Polo in November 2005. In
June 2006, European Capital syndicated an euro 11 million senior term
loan and euro 1.2 million in equity.
-- Velay Bernard: Add-on to Soflog-Telis, provider of logistics services
to industrial customers, completed in February. European Capital
invested euro 29 million in the buyout of Soflog-Telis in September
-- Net-linx publishing solutions and Datamatix: Add-ons to Miles 33,
leading UK provider of editorial and advertising software to newspaper
customers worldwide, completed in March. European Capital invested
euro 83 million in the buyout of Miles 33 in June 2007.
"Our buyouts team continues to actively pursue the most
attractive investment opportunities across Europe, displaying our
commitment to support leading middle market companies," said Ira
Wagner, President of European Capital Financial Services. "With
approximately euro 3 billion invested in more than 80 middle market
companies, our team has been very active over the last three years in
order to provide global and flexible financing solutions for our own
One-Stop Buyouts(TM) and to our investment partners all over Europe."
In the first quarter of 2008, European Capital invested a total
of euro 142 million in five companies, compared to euro 267 million
invested in ten companies in the first quarter of 2007. European
Capital raised over euro 520 million in capital in the first quarter
of 2008, compared to euro 47 million raised in the first quarter of
2007 and euro 518 million in all of 2007. In addition, European
Capital realized euro 115 million from investments in the first
quarter of 2008, compared to euro 163 million in the first quarter of
2007 and euro 707 million in all of 2007; a portion of these funds
are available for reinvestment.
European Capital also invested euro 142 million in five companies
in the first quarter of 2008:
-- Bestinvest: Independent financial advisor; investment of euro 18
million in senior subordinated debt, shareholder loans and common
equity in January.
-- Inspicio plc: Testing, inspection and certification services in the
Commodities, Environmental and Food Safety markets; investment of
euro 47 million senior subordinated debt in February.
-- Tiama: In-line inspection devices for product quality control;
investment of euro 14 million mezzanine debt completed in
-- Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API): Division of Alpharma Inc.
(NYSE: ALO); investment of euro 35 million senior subordinated debt in
-- International Electronics and Engineering S.A. (IEE): In-line
inspection devices for product quality control; investment of euro 28
million mezzanine debt in March.
In total, European Capital has invested over euro 1.5 billion in
2007 and over euro 1.5 billion in the last twelve months.
European Capital Financial Services' Frankfurt office, which
opened in April 2007, actively covers markets in the German speaking
countries and is currently reviewing numerous opportunities. European
Capital Financial Services' Madrid office, which opened in July 2007,
actively covers markets in Southern Europe and is currently reviewing
"The first quarter of 2008 continued to present attractive
investment opportunities for European Capital," said Jean Eichenlaub,
Regional Managing Director of European Capital Financial Services.
"We have strongly increased our market coverage and have been
particularly active in the mezzanine market."
"European Capital's growing reputation, our international
presence and ability to provide one-stop financing of mezzanine debt
and equity in support of private equity buyouts gives us a
competitive advantage relative to other financing sources," said
Nathalie Faure-Beaulieu, Regional Managing Director of European
Capital Financial Services.
For more information about European Capital's portfolio, go to
ABOUT EUROPEAN CAPITAL
European Capital is a publicly traded investment company for
pan-European equity, mezzanine and senior debt investments with
capital resources of approximately euro 2.8 billion (US$4.4 billion).
It is managed by European Capital Financial Services (Guernsey)
Limited ("ECFSG" or "the Investment Manager"), a wholly-owned
affiliate of American Capital Strategies, Ltd ("American Capital").
European Capital invests in and sponsors management and employee
buyouts, invests in private equity buyouts and provides capital
directly to private and public companies headquartered predominantly
in Europe. European Capital generally invests between euro 5 million
and euro 500 million per transaction in equity, mezzanine debt and
senior debt to fund growth, acquisitions and recapitalizations.
The investment objective of European Capital is to provide
investors with dividend income and the potential for share value
appreciation by investing in debt and equity investments in private
and public companies headquartered primarily in Europe. European
Capital seeks to achieve this through pursuing the following types of
European Capital One Stop Buyouts(TM)
Through our One Stop Buyouts(TM), European Capital provides equity,
mezzanine debt and senior debt as the lead investor in the buyout of
private and public companies.
Mezzanine Direct with Sponsors
European Capital provides one stop financing of subordinated debt and
equity for buyouts sponsored by private equity firms where European
Capital is either the sole or lead mezzanine debt investor.
Syndicated Mezzanine and Senior Debt
European Capital provides mezzanine financing for buyouts sponsored by
private equity firms where European Capital is neither the sole nor lead
mezzanine or senior debt investor.
European Capital provides subordinated debt and equity financing directly
to private and public companies, which is used for growth, acquisitions or
recapitalizations, and investing in structured finance vehicles.
Companies interested in learning more about European Capital's
flexible financing should contact Nathalie Faure Beaulieu at
+44-0-20-7539-7000 in London, Jean Eichenlaub at +33-0-1-40-68-06-66
in Paris, Robert von Finckenstein at +49-0-69-71-71-297-0 in
Frankfurt, or Luis Felipe Castellanos at +34-91-423-27-60 in Madrid,
or visit the website at http://www.EuropeanCapital.com
ABOUT AMERICAN CAPITAL
American Capital is the only private equity fund and the largest
alternative asset management company that is a member of the S&P 500.
With US$19 billion in capital resources under management, American
Capital is the largest U.S. publicly traded alternative asset
manager. American Capital, both directly and through its global asset
management business, is an investor in management and employee
buyouts, private equity buyouts, and early stage and mature private
and public companies. American Capital provides senior debt,
mezzanine debt and equity to fund growth, acquisitions,
recapitalizations and securitizations. American Capital and its
affiliates invest from US$5 million to US$800 million per company in
North America and Euro 5 million to euro 500 million per company in
As of March 31, 2008, American Capital shareholders have enjoyed
a total return of 490% since the Company's IPO -- an annualized
return of 18%, assuming reinvestment of dividends. American Capital
has paid a total of US$2.3 billion in dividends and paid US$27.17
dividends per share since going public in August 1997 at US$15 per
Companies interested in learning more about American Capital's
flexible financing should contact Mark Opel, Senior Vice President,
Business Development, at +1-800-248-9340, or visit
Performance data quoted above represents past performance of
American Capital. Past performance does not guarantee future results
and the investment return and principal value of an investment in
American Capital will likely fluctuate. Consequently, an investor's
shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original
cost. Additionally, American Capital's current performance may be
lower or higher than the performance data quoted above.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. The
statements regarding expected results of American Capital are subject
to various factors and uncertainties, including the uncertainties
associated with the timing of transaction closings, changes in
interest rates, availability of transactions, changes in regional,
national or international economic conditions, or changes in the
conditions of the industries in which American Capital has made
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Ira Wagner, President, European Capital Financial Services,
+44-20-7539-7000; Jean Eichenlaub, Regional Managing Director
Southern Europe, European Capital Financial Services,
+33-1-40-68-68-66; Nathalie Faure-Beaulieu, Regional Managing
Director Northern Europe, European Capital Financial Services,
+44-20-7539-7000; or Shona Prendergast of Penrose Public Relations,
+44-20-7786-4888, all for European Capital Limited