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Eurazeo in Exclusive Discussions to Sell Asmodee to PAI Partners

W. Eric Martin
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Eurazeo, the private equity firm based in Paris that owns game publisher Asmodee, has entered "exclusive discussions" with PAI Partners, another Paris-based private equity house. ("Exclusive discussions" means that PAI Partners is competing with no other buyers at this time.) From the Eurazeo website (PDF):

Paris, July 20, 2018 - Eurazeo is pleased to announce the launch of exclusive discussions with PAI Partners for the sale of its stake in Asmodee, a leading international games publisher and distributor, based on an enterprise value of €1.2 billion.

As the publisher of some of the best known franchises internationally, such as Catan, Ticket to Ride,Splendor and Dobble/Spot it!, and a distributor of Pokémon and Magic trading cards, Asmodee has emerged in recent years as one of the highest performing and most innovative players in its market, globally.

Driven by Stéphane Carville and his teams and supported by Eurazeo, the company has transformed substantially, from a Franco-European distributor in 2013 to a global publisher today, capitalizing on the value of its intellectual property. In four years, revenue grew from €125 million, generated 48% in France, to €442 million, generated 75% internationally, representing an average annual growth rate of 37%. At the same time, publishing revenues increased to nearly two-thirds of games sales. The Group completed 20 acquisitions during this period, representing over €140 million in revenue.

Eurazeo's sales proceeds from this transaction could total around €580 million for Eurazeo and its investment partners, and €435 million for Eurazeo's stake representing a return on its initial investment of 4.0x and an IRR of 35%.

Under French law, the signature of a purchase agreement is subject to a preliminary information and consultation process involving employee representatives. The disposal is could be finalized by Q4 2018, following the completion of this process and supervisory authority approval.
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