IDEX to buy Novotema for $60.9 mln

IDEX Corp. said Monday it agreed to buy Novotema SpA for cash considerations of about 57 million Euros (US $60.9 million). Ardian, which was formerly known AXA Private Equity, was the seller. Villango, Italy-based Novotema designs, makes and sells specialty sealing solutions that are used in the building products, gas control, transportation, industrial and water markets.

AXA set to seal private-equity spin-off – Reuters

AXA is set to confirm the closing of a deal to spin off its private equity arm early this week, the head of AXA Private Equity said in an interview with the Financial Times, writes Reuters. The French insurer in March unveiled the structure of a spin-off that would value its private-equity unit at 510 million euros ($690.62 million), leaving AXA with a 26.9 percent stake in the business and a 200 million-euro capital gain from the sale of majority control to the unit’s management and staff.

Reuters – Air Liquide in talks to sell Anios unit

French industrial gases maker Air Liquide is in talks to sell its Anios healthcare unit in a deal potentially worth about 350 million euros ($461.9 million), writes Reuters. The prospective buyer is AXA Private Equity, which was spun off from French insurer AXA this year, writes Reuters.

AXA Private Equity’s Kallista Completes Wind Farm Project

French producer of wind energy Kallista, which is owned by AXA Private Equity has completed the wind farm project in the Ardouval Park, Seine-Maritime, France. This project has been 100% equity financed and developed entirely in-house and is the first Greenfield project for Kallista since 2010.

Reuters – AXA Private Equity Raises Elior Bid

A consortium led by Paris-based AXA Private Equity has raised its bid for Elior and is offering to buy a minority stake in the French caterer, French daily Les Echos said, writes Reuters. AXA Private Equity could not be reached immediately for comment.

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Reuters – Club Med Board Accepts Improved Bid from Top Investors

Club Mediterranee‘s board accepted an improved offer from two top shareholders that plan to take over the French holiday firm and accelerate its shift to fast-growing markets, writes Reuters. Chinese investor Fosun International and AXA Private Equity, which have teamed up with management, raised their bid to 17.50 euros a share from a previous offer of 17 euros that had left some shareholders unhappy, writes Reuters.

AXA Inks Spin Out of PE Arm

AXA on Friday announced the sale of a majority stake in its PE arm to an investor group led by Dominique Senequier. AXA Investment Managers will receive Euro 488 million for its holding in AXA Private Equity, a statement says. The deal is expected to close before the end of third quarter. Once the deal closes, AXA PE management and employees will have 40% of voting share capital, while external investors will have 33%. AXA Group will have nearly 27%.

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AXA PE Inks Sale of Alvest

AXA Private Equity has agreed to sell Alvest to LBO France. Financial terms were not announced. AXA Private Equity has owned a majority since 2006. Alvest, a French industrial group, provider of group support equipment for airports.

AXA Private Equity Opens Beijing Office

AXA Private Equity has opened a new office in Beijing, the firm’s first in China. AXA Private Equity opened its first Asian office in Singapore in 2005 and has since deployed US$1.3 billion of capital across the region. The firm now has a total of 10 offices across Europe, North America and Asia.

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