Cergy, 31 May 2011 - An exclusivity agreement for the contemplated sale of SPIE has been granted by PAI partners to a consortium led by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice together with AXA Private Equity and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, for a total consideration of 2.1 billion.
As the European leader in electrical and mechanical engineering and HVAC services, energy and communication systems, SPIE enhances the world around us and contributes to its development by helping local and regional authorities and companies design, build, operate and maintain greener, more energy-efficient facilities. With 28,600 employees working from nearly 400 locations in 31 countries, in 2010 SPIE generated operating profit on ordinary activities of 192.3 million on turnover of 3.75 billion. About PAI partners
PAI Partners is a leading European private equity firm with offices in Paris, Copenhagen, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan and Munich. PAI manages and advises dedicated buyout funds with an aggregate equity value of EUR 6 billion. Since 1998, PAI has completed 39 LBO transactions in 9 European countries, representing over EUR 36 billion in transaction value. PAI is characterised by its operational approach to ownership combined with industrial and sector expertise. PAI provides portfolio companies with the financial and strategic support required to pursue their development and enhance strategic value creation. About Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
Founded in 1978, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, LLC is a private equity firm with an investment strategy predicated on producing superior financial returns through building stronger, more profitable businesses. The Firm's professionals include a combination of skilled investment decision-makers and seasoned corporate leaders from global businesses such as ABB, Allstate, BAE, BBA, BTR, Disney, Dow, Eaton Vance, Emerson Electric, Gap, GE, IBM, Procter & Gamble, Tesco, Unilever and Williams, among others. Since inception, CD&R has managed the investment of approximately $16 billion in 49 U.S. and European businesses with an aggregate transaction value of approximately $80 billion. About Axa Private Equity
AXA Private Equity is a leading private equity firm with US$25 billion in managed assets and a global reach extending across Europe, North America and Asia. The firm offers investors the full spectrum of private equity services for every market segment: direct funds, infrastructure financing, mid cap and small cap buyouts, venture capital, co-investments, fund of funds as well as mezzanine financing. With offices in Paris, Frankfurt, London, New York, Singapore, Milan, Zurich and Vienna, AXA Private Equity supports the development and long-term growth of its portfolio companies with sustainable growth strategies and by granting them access to the AXA international network. AXA Private Equity has earned the trust of its investors by regularly supplying them with transparent performance data on its funds and portfolio companies. Press contacts
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