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EQT, Nordic Capital eyeing Synsam optician chain

8 Oct 2012

EQT and Nordic Capital have been linked with a €500m deal for Swedish optician chain Synsam, it is understood.

Global buyout firms Bain Capital, Blackstone, KKR, Advent, Cinven and Lion Capital could also be interested in the company according to Reuters, which quoted an M&A specialist familiar with the matter.

The person said, “They are big players with money to spend, an interest in the region and know the optics business.”

Synsam had EBITDA of about SEK425m ($64m) in the 12 months to June this year, and sales of close to SEK3bn ($449m).

Last week Apax Partners France acquired a 14.1 per cent stake in the capital of European optical retailer Alain Afflelou, alongside controlling shareholder Lion Capital, company founder Alain Afflelou and the management team.

The investment was mostly made by the Apax France VII fund, as its last investment, and by Altamir Amboise, a listed company.

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