OpenGate-backed SMAC to sell Axter to Canada’s IKO

SMAC, a portfolio company of OpenGate Capital, has agreed to sell Axter to IKO.

SMAC, a portfolio company of OpenGate Capital has agreed to sell Axter to IKO. No financial terms were disclosed. Axter is a producer of waterproofing membranes. Iko is a Canadian maker of roofing, insulation and waterproofing solutions.


LOS ANGELES & PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–OpenGate Capital, a global private equity firm, announced today that its portfolio company, SMAC, has reached an agreement to sell AXTER, a subsidiary focused on the production of waterproofing membranes, to IKO of Canada. IKO is a leader in the roofing, waterproofing, and insulation industry for residential and commercial markets. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, and the final sale is subject to closing conditions and works council consultation.

SMAC is a global manufacturer of waterproofing and building envelope solutions with operations across two divisions: Travaux and Industrie. SMAC Travaux specializes in waterproofing solutions typically utilized on flat roofs structures and facades. SMAC Industrie manufactures bituminous membranes, skylights and resins.

The prospective sale of AXTER by SMAC fulfills OpenGate’s investment strategy by enabling SMAC to focus on its core business in waterproofing, cladding, architectural facades, and maintenance.

SMAC is headquartered in Issy-les-Moulineaux and has operations across France, Morocco, and South America and is supported by 2,900 employees.

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