Since it acquired a stake in Orolia in 2016 and the latter was subsequently delisted, Eurazeo has supported this group by providing it with the human and financial resources it needs to reorganize and expand internationally.
Orolia is a specialist in positioning, navigation and timing. How did Eurazeo, in barely five years, turn this French company into a world leader for timing synchronization and navigation and a champion in the atomic clocks segment, and put it in a position to conquer the most buoyant markets?
In 2016, this group established in Sofia Antipolis (Europe’s number-one technopole, located in France) was valued at about €100 million. Eurazeo acquired a 50.1% stake in it via Financière Orolia and the rest of the share capital was held by Orolia’s founder and its management.
Backed by Eurazeo’s Small-Mid Buyout teams, Orolia made five acquisitions and investments in Europe and North America—Netwave, Satelles, Talen-X, Skydel and Seven Solutions—from 2016 to 2021. Orolia is now the world leader for R-PNT (Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing) solutions and applications. Eurazeo has contributed substantially to Orolia’s growth, in particular in the United States, where the company makes more than half of its revenue today.
The active disposal and acquisition policy during the ownership period also enabled Orolia to focus on its liveliest markets and as a result evolve from a diversified holding into an integrated pure player.
OVER 10% OF REVENUE INVESTED IN R&D
Eurazeo’s support doubled Orolia’s organic growth and rate of return, and put it in a position to invest substantially in R&D programs. This investment gave it an unrivalled edge on its markets and the group now allocates over 10% of its yearly revenue to R&D.
“Orolia is a perfect illustration of the Small-Mid Buyout team’s investment strategy: we support the development of market leaders, based on their management team’s vision and commitment. We are proud of what we have done with Jean-Yves Courtois and his teams, transforming Orolia into an integrated pure player in France and on international markets.”
Erwann Le Ligné, Managing Director, Small-Mid Buyout, Member of the Eurazeo Mid Cap Executive Board.
On this operation, Eurazeo has achieved a 3.6x cash on cash multiple and an approximately 25% IRR (internal rate of return).