Ardian has inked an agreement with TA Associates to become a co-controlling shareholder of Odealim, a provider of real estate insurance and credit brokerage in France. TA, which has been Odealim’s majority shareholder since 2018, will reinvest in the transaction alongside Raise Investissement, an existing minority shareholder, and the management team.
Paris, June 1, 2022 – Ardian, a world-leading private investment house, announces today it has signed an agreement with TA Associates (“TA”), a global growth private equity firm, to become a co-controlling shareholder of Odealim, a leader in real estate insurance and credit brokerage in France. The Group, managed by Xavier Saubestre (Chairman and CEO) and Xavier Paturel (CEO), has revenues of over €160m.
TA, Odealim’s majority shareholder since 2018, will reinvest in the transaction alongside Raise Investissement, an existing minority shareholder, and the management team. The investment, made by the Buyout team at Ardian, will enable the company to move into the next phase of its development and consolidate its position as an integrated leader in the real estate sector through the continuation of its organic growth, diversification and geographic expansion, notably through strategic acquisitions.
Founded in 1998, the company became the leading insurance brokerage specialist for real estate professionals (primarily property managers, institutional investors, co-ownerships, etc.) by developing insurance solutions for their properties (including multi-risk building insurance, structural damage policies and unpaid rent guaranties).
Backed by TA, the Group has grown revenues from €30m in 2018 to €160m today and increased its geographic coverage across France, through multiple acquisitions, including Ripert de Grissac and Pisano in Marseille, Brun, Assurgérance and BVD in Lyon, Fidentialp in Grenoble and Bâti-assure in Tours.
More recently, Odealim has also diversified into mortgage brokerage and mortgage insurance by investing in Digital Insure (2020), an insurtech focused on mortgage insurance, and via the acquisition of real estate mortgage broker Artémis Courtage (2021). Through those two acquisitions, the Group further strengthened its position across the real estate vertical and developed the opportunity for cross-selling synergies between its activities.
Thanks to this new investment, the company will be positioned to continue its strong organic growth, further integrate the recently acquired companies, and capitalize on its extensive M&A pipeline. Ardian and TA, both with proven track-records in financial services, will support the Group in further consolidating its positions in existing markets, notably in construction (policies covering structural damage, decennial liability etc.), as well as in new sectors of activities like the institutional real estate market.
“We have followed Odealim closely for several years and have been impressed by the development project led by Xavier Saubestre and Xavier Paturel. We are convinced of the company’s future growth prospects as the French leader in insurance and financing brokerage for real estate professionals. Odealim has demonstrated an impressive organic growth during this period and strong resilience throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as in the current inflationary market context,” said Yann Bak, Managing Director in the Ardian Buyout Team.
“Odealim is a key player in insurance and real estate financing brokerage in France. The Group benefits from a recurring business model, significant organic growth prospects, and is a natural consolidator in its different sectors of activity. We are extremely pleased to continue being part of the Odealim story alongside the management team and Raise, and to welcome Ardian, an experienced investor in insurance brokerage,” said Patrick Sader and Jeremy Drean, Managing Director and Principal at TA Associates.
“The investment from Ardian, alongside TA, will enable us to continue delivering on our ambitious expansion plans. I am proud of how far we have come with TA whom I would like to thank for their renewed trust. Our teams are working to offer to our clients and partners a high level of expertise and proximity. I would also like to thank Odealim’s executive committee members, who have been involved in this project for several years and have made it a successful, innovative and dynamic company,” said Xavier Saubestre, Chairman and CEO of Odealim.