CVC Capital Partners (“CVC”), a global private markets manager focused on private equity, secondaries and credit and Keensight Capital (“Keensight”), one of the leading private equity managers dedicated to pan-European Growth Buyout1 investments, are pleased to announce they have entered into an exclusivity agreement to invest2 together in Sogelink (“the Company”), a leading European provider of software solutions for infrastructure, construction, and property management professionals.
Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Lyon, Sogelink is a software, cloud and mobile solutions provider and has driven the digitalization of its ecosystem over two decades. The Company responds to mission-critical needs of all stakeholders across the value chain by addressing specific industry pain points, delivering tangible value. Sogelink's comprehensive software offering digitizes each step of the construction process: infrastructure design, pre-build checks, construction management, and post-build risk. Employing over 600 people across six countries, the Company generates more than €120m of revenues and €50m of EBITDA, serves over 18,000 blue chip clients and 220,000 users, and is extremely well-placed to further strengthen its position as a leader of the Construction Tech market in Europe.
Since Keensight’s majority investment in 2019 alongside Naxicap Partners, the Company has reinforced its position in the Construction Tech space through sustained innovation, continuous product development, and geographic expansion. Its position as a pan-European champion has translated into a path of robust double-digit revenue growth. In addition to its strong organic performance, the Company also continued its European consolidation efforts through, amongst others, the acquisition of Locatiqs, Geodesial, and Focus Software.
Fatima Berral, CEO of Sogelink, says, "After four years of productive and successful partnership with Keensight Capital, that made Sogelink an undisputed European leader in the Construction Tech industry, I am delighted to open a new chapter in the group’s development with a partnership between CVC and Keensight, whose capabilities will surely reinforce our growth ambition.”
John Clark and Jean-Christophe Germani, Managing Partners at CVC, comment: "We have been tracking Sogelink closely for several years and have been very impressed with its capabilities and business model. The Company’s leading position and pan-European reach set it up well for further organic and non-organic growth and we look forward to working closely with Fatima and her high quality team, as well as Keensight, to accelerate Sogelink’s growth, while continuing to focus on delivering best-in-class solutions to its existing valued client base.”
The Company’s leading position and pan-European reach set it up well for further organic and non-organic growth and we look forward to working closely with Fatima and her high quality team, as well as Keensight, to accelerate Sogelink’s growth.John Clark and Jean-Christophe Germani
Jean-Michel Beghin, Managing Partner of Keensight Capital, and Arjan Hannink, Partner, add: “We are delighted to announce our continued partnership with Sogelink through this strategic re-investment. Over the past four years, our collaboration, particularly with the dynamic leadership of Fatima and the rest of the management team, has been pivotal in driving the Company's international expansion and enlarging its offering. As we embark on this next phase of growth, we are excited to join forces with CVC and we look toward this renewed partnership with Management to drive forward the Company's success in the coming years.”
1Growth Buyout: investment in profitable, private companies experiencing strong growth, in minority or majority positions, with or without leverage, using a flexible approach tailored to the needs of individual entrepreneurs, in order to finance organic growth projects, acquisition strategies or provide historic shareholders with liquidity.
2Subject to regulatory clearances and employees representative bodies opinion.