Groupe Moniteur, France's No 1 services and information provider to the construction and local authorities sectors, has been acquired by Bridgepoint from French mid-market investor Sagard for an undisclosed sum.
The company specialises in providing specialised information as well as a range of services to the construction and local authority sectors including 25 publications of which two - Le Moniteur des Travaux Publics (circulation of 62,000) and La Gazette des Communes (circulation of 37,000) - are flagship publications for their respective target markets. In addition, the company organises trade fairs, offers training courses and databases and manages 20 web sites.
In 2005 Groupe Moniteur had a turnover of €160m and employs 700 people of which 140 are journalists.
Jacques Guy, chairman of Groupe Moniteur, said: "With Bridgepoint we will continue to develop our core activities but also place clear emphasis on services which include exhibitions, training, databases and internet services. High quality standards and editorial integrity will also allow us to develop a strategy of providing more individual and specialist multi-channel information."
Benoit Bassi, partner responsible for Bridgepoint's activities in France, added: "Groupe Moniteur's market leading position, the flagship status of its brands and the calibre of its team all provide the group with excellent growth prospects in what is already a growing sector."
Debt and mezzanine finance were provided by Calyon, RBS and ICG. Advisers involved in the transaction included: for Bridgepoint - Deutsche Bank (corporate finance), Linklaters (legal), Bain (market due diligence) and PWC (financial due diligence); for Sagard - Clifford Chance (legal); for management - Mayer, Brown Rowe & Maw (legal). Latham & Watkins advised Calyon, RBS and ICG.
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