Caisse de dépôt, Ardian acquire stake in France’s Alvest

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and French private equity firm Ardian have acquired a “significant” stake in Alvest SAS, a Paris-based developer, producer, distributor and supporter of airport ground support equipment. No financial terms were disclosed. The seller of the interest was Sagard Private Equity Partners, which acquired Alvest in 2015. Established in 2006, Alvest operates 10 factories in the United States, Canada, France and China.


MONTREAL, Feb. 1, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), a leading institutional asset manager, and Ardian, an independent private investment company, have completed the acquisition of a significant stake in Alvest, the global leader in the development, production, distribution and support of airport Ground Support Equipment (GSE). Alvest’s customers, including passenger airlines, cargo airlines, ground handlers and airport authorities, will benefit from this investment through Alvest’s enhanced capacity to bring new and innovative solutions to the market. The investment will also contribute to Alvest’s efforts to continue building its global footprint.

As a leader within the growing and evolving GSE sector, Alvest is well positioned to lead the aviation industry’s technological and environmental shift toward reducing its emissions on the tarmac. Alvest’s Taxibot, a hybrid taxiing vehicle and the only certified green-taxiing solution in the world, is uniquely catering to the industry’s challenge to reduce CO2 emissions. By taxiing aircraft without using its jet engines, Taxibot significantly reduces fuel burn and emissions of flights while lowering airliners’ dependence on fossil fuels. Alvest is also bringing a complete range of electric equipment to market, including driverless vehicles, allowing airports to go greener.

Jean-Marie Fulconis, CEO of Alvest said: “Our team is very proud to partner with CDPQ and Ardian, which have committed to support Alvest’s projects and development strategy. This powerful long-term backing will allow us to continue to make substantial investments in new technologies and products, and to bring our support and green contribution to our customers, and the aviation industry, to the next level.”

Stéphane Etroy, Executive Vice-President and Head of Private Equity, CDPQ, said: “Alvest is the right fit for us. Its airport equipment technology and services contribute to the aviation industry’s shift toward a lower-carbon future and are strongly aligned with our climate change strategy. More broadly, Alvest is a leader in all its main business lines internationally and has a resilient, diversified and well-balanced business model in a growing market. Alongside Alvest’s experienced management team and our partners, we look forward to participating in the company’s future growth in new and existing markets.”

Dominique Gaillard, Head of Ardian Direct Funds added: “This transaction marks the second time that we have invested in Alvest, having been shareholders from 2006 to 2013. With our Ardian Co-Investment team, we are delighted to again support the company and the strong management team led by Jean-Marie Fulconis in this new phase of its development.”

Alvest’s history has been marked by successful research and development investment, continuous market share gains within the strategic and consolidating GSE sector, and a strong long-term financial performance that have strengthened its leadership position over several decades. As part of this transaction, Alvest’s management team and Sagard are reinvesting to continue supporting its future growth.

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) is a long-term institutional investor that manages funds primarily for public and parapublic pension and insurance plans. As at June 30, 2017, it held CAD$286.5 billion in net assets. As one of Canada’s leading institutional fund managers, CDPQ invests globally in major financial markets, private equity, infrastructure, real estate and private debt. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter @LaCDPQ or consult our Facebook or LinkedIn pages.

Ardian, founded in 1996 and led by Dominique Senequier, is a premium independent private investment company with assets of US$62 billion managed or advised in Europe, North America and Asia. The company keeps entrepreneurship at its heart and delivers investment performance to its global investors while fueling growth in economies across the world. Ardian’s investment process embodies three values: excellence, loyalty and entrepreneurship. Ardian’s employees form the largest shareholder group. Over 80 percent of employees have invested in the company, which is a testament to their trust in the Management and the corporate strategy.
Ardian maintains a truly global network, with more than 470 employees working through twelve offices in Beijing, Frankfurt, Jersey, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Singapore and Zurich. The company offers its 580 investors a diversified choice of funds covering the full range of asset classes, including Ardian Funds of Funds (primary, early secondary and secondary), Ardian Private Debt, Ardian North America Direct Buyout, Direct Funds (Ardian Mid Cap Buyout, Ardian Expansion, Ardian Growth, Ardian Co-Investment), Ardian Infrastructure, Ardian Real Estate and customized mandate solutions with Ardian Mandates.