Astorg gets ready to launch Fund VI

Astorg Partners is preparing to launch its sixth fund that mainly focuses on European middle-market buyouts, according to a person with knowledge of the firm.

It’s not exactly clear what Astorg will target for the fund. The person said the target will likely be more than the firm raised for its prior fund, Astorg V, which closed on 1.05 billion euros ($1.1 billion) in 2011. Fund V beat its target of 800 million euros.

Fund VI will officially enter fundraising in the third quarter, the person said. The firm is now having meetings with potential limited partners, the person said.

Park Hill Group is working on the fundraising.

Astorg’s Fund V generated a negative 3.6 percent net internal rate of return and a 1x multiple as of Sept. 30, 2014, according to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System.

Investments in Fund V include Sebia, a healthcare company; M7 Group, a satellite pay-TV operator; Megadyne, a maker of polyurethane belts; Kerneos, which makes calcium aluminate cements; and Linxens, which makes smart card connectors.

In April, Astorg agreed to buy software company Metrologic Group from The Carlyle Group. Financial details were not disclosed.

Astorg has raised 2.3 billion euros of committed capital since its inception in 1998 and has generated a 30 percent gross IRR on 23 realized investments, according to the firm’s website.

Astorg is led by Managing Partners Joël Lacourte and Thierry Timsit and Chairman Xavier Moreno. Other partners at the firm are Christian Couturier and François de Mitry.

The firm has offices in Paris, London and Luxembour.

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