Baar-Zug, Switzerland; London, UK; 17 July 2020
Partners Group, the global private markets investment manager, has on behalf of its clients agreed to acquire a major equity stake in Rovensa ("Rovensa" or "the Company"), a leading provider of specialty crop nutrition, biocontrol and protection products, from Bridgepoint, a major international private equity group. The transaction values the Company at an enterprise value of around EUR 1 billion.
Rovensa's portfolio of agricultural solutions and technologies helps farmers to enhance crop yields and provide food security. Founded in 1926 and headquartered in Portugal, the Company has three divisions: BioNutrition, which provides agricultural crops with nutrients for growth and healthy development; Crop Protection, which eliminates or prevents biological threats in crops; and BioControl, which offers products based on biological inputs, such as plant extracts and micro-organisms. Rovensa specializes in formulating sustainable products which reduce the environmental impact of agriculture, combat its contribution to climate change and support the cultivation of healthy food. Its products are sold in more than 70 countries and generate an annual revenue of approximately EUR 360 million.
Following the investment, Partners Group will work closely with Rovensa's management team, led by Chief Executive Officer Eric van Innis, on several key strategic initiatives, including the accelerated development of the company's leading biological solutions portfolio, the continued internationalization of the company, and select further acquisitions to continue to build its capabilities. In addition, Partners Group plans to continue to support the company's research and development culture, focusing on high-growth market niches.
Eric Van Innis, Chief Executive Officer, Rovensa, says: "We have benefitted greatly from Bridgepoint's ownership since 2017 and our recent growth trajectory reflects this. However, with a growing global population, ambitious environmental targets, and health concerns, the agricultural sector remains essential and we believe its strategic importance ensures there are further exciting growth opportunities ahead. We are convinced that Partners Group, with its global presence and focus on entrepreneurial ownership, is the right partner with which to continue building Rovensa's platform and seize those opportunities. We look forward to working hand-in-hand with Partners Group's team in this next phase of growth and to corresponding to their trust in our project."
Andrew Deakin, Managing Director, Private Equity Directs Europe, Partners Group, states: "Rovensa represents a great opportunity to support a resilient business in a market characterized by steady long-term growth. The Company is ideally positioned to capitalize on the growing trend towards sustainable agricultural products, which will be a core element of the strategy we will continue to pursue. We were attracted to the Company's reputation, talented management team and high-quality product portfolio and see compelling potential for accelerated growth. We are very excited about this meaningful investment in Iberia and are looking forward to supporting Rovensa's continued growth journey."
Hector Perez, partner responsible for Bridgepoint's investment activities in the Iberian region, says: "We are extremely pleased with the progress made by Rovensa since our acquisition in 2017. Today it leads the field globally in BioSolutions and its products have become a prominent component in sustainable agriculture. The business has made a significant leap forward both through continued organic development, fueled by its product innovation capabilities, and through the execution of six strategic add-on acquisitions. We have enjoyed an extremely productive relationship with a talented management team, led by Eric van Innis and Nuno Loureiro, and are confident of the continued growth of the business in its sector."