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Consilium, AXA spinout Ardian sell Rollon to Chequers Capital

19 Nov 2013

RollonEuropean private equity players Consilium and Ardian have sold Italian engineering rail manufacturer Rollon to Chequers Capital and IGI SQR.

Rollon had sales of about €54m in 2012, with 80 per cent of its revenues coming from outside of Italy thanks to its German, French and US subsidiaries.

Ardian, which rebranded from AXA Private Equity following its spin out from the bank last month, picked up the majority of Rollon alongside Consilium in 2010 to support its growth strategy.

The group almost doubled revenues between 2009 and 2012, a statement from the firms said.

Ardian managing director Paolo Bergonzini, who is head of the Italian LBO Small Market Enterprise Capital team, said, “Thanks to the global network of Ardian, we helped the Group to acquire new blue-chip clients in the train and aerospace sectors and expand to new markets”.

Consilium managing director Stefano Iamoni added, “Through a combination of organic growth and acquisition with the support of its financial investors, Rollon has significantly grown its sales and profitability, strengthening its leading position in the industry”.

Ardian has about $36bn under management, and is 46 per cent owned by its management and employees following the AXA spin out.

AXA now holds a 23 per cent stake in the firm and has agreed to commit €4.8bn to its funds over the next five years.

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