WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Halifax Group (“Halifax“), a middle market private equity firm that partners with management to invest in market-leading companies, announced today that it has agreed to acquire the Worldwide Home Care division of Sodexo, (the “Company”), including their home care subsidiaries in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, France, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Brazil.
“We are thrilled to partner with a company whose mission we support so wholeheartedly,” said Scott Plumridge, Managing Partner at Halifax. “In the U.S., we have tracked and admired the Comfort Keepers brand for a long time, and it is a privilege to have this opportunity to support the continued expansion of the Company’s global collection of brands. The Company and its franchisees play an important role in helping individuals to live independently in the comfort of their own homes. The Company is one of the largest operators in this sizeable market and has distinguished itself through the high-quality professional care that brings personal interaction, dignity, and joy to seniors as they age in place.”
The Company provides in-home care services across eight countries. Headquartered in Irvine, California, the Company operates as a franchisor in the U.S. in the non-medical personal care sector with 535 franchised territories and 105 company-owned territories. Internationally, the Company offers personal care in Ireland, the U.K., Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and France. In addition, it offers complex care (skilled nursing, therapies and home hospitalization) in the U.K. and Brazil. The Worldwide Home Care Division CEO Natalie Black will remain at the Company along with the senior management team.
Sophie Bellon, Chairwoman and CEO of Sodexo, said, “We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Halifax, and confident that their resources and expertise will greatly benefit the Worldwide Home Care team in accelerating their growth and success. For Sodexo, this milestone marks another step forward in the implementation of our 2025 strategic plan, and our ambition to become the leader in sustainable food and valued experiences.”
Molly Fitzpatrick, Vice President at Halifax, said, “We look forward to working with the leadership team to build on the Company’s impressive market position and accelerate its growth. Halifax has a long history of investing in home care services as well as franchisors, and we understand the advantages for all stakeholders of providing these care services in the lower-cost and comfortable home setting.”
Natalie Black, CEO of the Worldwide Home Care Division of Sodexo, said, “We have enjoyed remarkable achievements over the last 15 years, having grown our footprint to more than 700 locations around the world. We are now pleased to work with Halifax, whose financial resources and experience with both home care services and the franchise model will be invaluable as we prepare for the future. Along with our franchisees and dedicated care providers, we will continue to enhance our service offerings and deliver excellent service to more clients and families.”
Halifax has a history of supporting leading home healthcare and franchising companies, including Caring Brands International, another leading franchisor of home healthcare services. In partnership with management, Halifax grew the U.S.-based Interim HealthCare through both organic initiatives and acquisitions, adding U.K.-based Bluebird Care and Australia-based Just Better Care to form Caring Brands International in 2013. When Halifax sold its stake in the business in 2015, it offered a full continuum of home health services in more than 530 locations in seven countries.
The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2023 and is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Lazard served as the financial advisor to Sodexo.
About the Worldwide Home Care Division of Sodexo
Sodexo entered the home care market in 2009 with the acquisition of Comfort Keepers in the US and expanded its activities internationally since. The Worldwide Home Care division of Sodexo operates in 8 countries: the US through Comfort Keepers; the United Kingdom through Prestige Home care, The Good Care Group, and Oxford Aunts; Ireland through Comfort Keepers; France through Amelis; Brazil through Pronep, and multiple brands in the Nordics. The Home Care division employs 12,000 people across its locations and are highly recognized for their outstanding care and service, as well as the strong commitments as an employer, in line with the values of Sodexo Group.
About The Halifax Group
Founded in 1999, The Halifax Group is a private equity firm that partners with managers and entrepreneurs to recapitalize and invest in lower middle-market businesses with total enterprise values generally between $100 million and $300 million. Halifax specializes in equity recapitalizations, corporate carve-outs, and management buyouts and invests across a variety of industries, including health and wellness, outsourced business services, and franchising. The firm is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and maintains an office in Raleigh, NC. For more information, please visit www.thehalifaxgroup.com.
Founded in Marseille in 1966 by Pierre Bellon, Sodexo is the global leader in sustainable food and valued experiences at every moment in life: learn, work, heal and play. Operating in 53 countries, our 422,000 employees serve 100 million consumers each day. The Sodexo Group stands out for its independence and its founding family shareholding, its responsible business model and its portfolio of activities including Food Services, Facilities Management Services and Employee Benefit Solutions. This diversified offer meets all the challenges of everyday life with a dual goal: to improve the quality of life of our employees and those we serve, and contribute to the economic, social and environmental progress in the communities where we operate. For Sodexo, growth and social commitment go hand in hand. Our purpose is to create a better everyday for everyone to build a better life for all. Sodexo is included in the CAC Next 20, CAC 40 ESG, CAC SBT 1.5, FTSE 4 Good and DJSI indices.
Amerocap preparing substantial investments in magnesium and critical mineral development in the US and Europe
LONDON, Nov. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Amerocap, a US-UK private equity investor focused on energy and minerals globally, will ramp up its investments into critical minerals in 2024. Amerocap’s critical minerals platform is Verde Magnesium LLC which is investing across the metallic magnesium value chain: R&D, mining, processing, and metallic production. Verde Magnesium, with its world-class project team is developing a portfolio of projects in North America, Europe and Asia, with a goal of reaching FID on at least 2 fully integrated projects in the next two years. Our flagship magnesium project in Romania has an accelerated investment program for 2024-2026 and was included in the investment pipeline of EU’s European Raw Materials Alliance (ERMA). The project has commercial partnerships with global automotive and aluminum industrial groups with combined revenues of over $500 billion. Verde Magnesium is reviewing up to $3 billion of investments and up to 200 kt per year of metallic magnesium capacity globally.
Bernd Martens, Chairman of Verde Magnesium and former Board Member and Head of Procurement for Audi AG, mentions that “China is producing the vast majority of many critical minerals required for the net zero transition. Compounding this supply concentration is China’s own surge in domestic demand of such minerals, which will reduce China’s essential net exports. Only a few decades ago, Western economies were the largest producers of metals in the world; but today that capacity, know-how and political will for mining and processing is gone. Verde Magnesium is a future catalyst of an industrial redevelopment that will offer reliable and sustainable supply and technological know-how for the EU and the US”.
Amerocap is well positioned to support this development, having successfully built multiple investment platforms in energy production and infrastructure, from the UK North Sea, where over $1.5 billion in transactions were completed, to Amerocap’s latest platform in Samos Energy, which aims to deploy over $1 billion in energy investments in Asia and Africa. Samos completed its first investment in July, acquiring the floating energy infrastructure business of BlackRock and Petrofac, whose portfolio covers Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia and is seeking further growth in infrastructure, with the highest HSE standards.
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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Abu Dhabi Finance Week (ADFW) presented by Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) progressed into its next key conference today, conducting the 2023 edition of Asset Abu Dhabi. The event hosted a selective group of investment market leadership, who gathered at ADFW to analyse the evolving investment strategies of hedge funds, private equity houses, venture capital giants and family offices across the global markets, explore returns from evolving asset classes and investment frontiers, responses to inflationary pressures, and observe on the future and prospects of regional and global economies amid the current transition era.
Asset Abu Dhabi 2023 organised with theme partners, Mubadala and BTG Pactual, showcased a line-up of some of the strongest global private market leaders, hosting thousands of senior investors from 100+ countries, from the investment and financial industry who collectively manage more than USD 30 trillion of assets. The list of top financial investment institutions that attended the conference included top names such as Morgan Stanley, BNY Mellon, Goldman Sachs, Brevan Howard and Franklin Templeton amongst others.
Asset Abu Dhabi started with a special opening session led by Ruchir Sharma, the Chairman of Rockefeller International, who presented his analysis of key political, economic, technological and social signals that shape a nation’s future. Diving into the principle of wealth management, Jenny Johnson the President and CEO of Franklin Templeton spoke insightfully on the utility of technology to rising asset classes, sustainable investing, and interpreting changing global markets.
The rise of the Falcon Economy remains a major focus of Asset Abu Dhabi and ADFW to explore the drivers of the ongoing growth of the UAE and other regional economies and shed light on government plans, policies and efforts to realize long-term economic visions.
Other key sessions included a unique conversation on ‘The Keys to Managing Money & Risk’ between George Osborne the former UK Chancellor and Alan Howard the founder of Brevan Howard, and a special roundtable focused on ‘Forecast to 2030’ with the Chairman of Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing and C-suites of Goldman Sachs, Circle and Tikehau Capital.
Salem Mohammed Al Darei, CEO of ADGM Authority said, “With ADGM as a home to a global collection of asset managers, Abu Dhabi Finance Week continues to be a pivotal platform for them through Asset Abu Dhabi to share insights and chart the course for the ever-evolving world of investment. The 2023 edition of Asset Abu Dhabi not only offers a unique opportunity to analyse the rapidly shifting investment landscape but also showcases the next era of digital assets and provides invaluable guidance on the prospects of regional and global economies within the transition era. With a stellar lineup of global private market leaders and senior investors representing a staggering USD 30 trillion in assets under management, Asset Abu Dhabi exemplifies ADGM’s commitment to fostering collaboration and innovation in the financial industry.”
Abu Dhabi has become a destination of choice for global asset and fund management entities as the numbers have been growing drastically in the past few years while ADGM is also experiencing remarkable growth in the asset management sector reflecting 52% growth in Q3, compared to the same period last year.
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Exicom, India’s EV Charger Leader, expands into the UK Market, introduces a range of EV Chargers to accelerate EV Adoption
- Exicom, with the largest market share in India and a robust presence in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, now expands into the UK market
- Introduces a range of powerful, scalable and user-friendly DC Fast Chargers at the London EV
- Introduces a compact and easy-to-use range of SPIN EV chargers for home charging application
- Having a strong foothold in India, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East with supply of thousands of charges every month
LONDON, Nov. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Exicom, India’s largest EV charger manufacturer and a trusted partner for global automobile leaders, charge point operators and other ecosystem players has announced its strategic entry into the UK and Europe market. The company plans to strengthen its distribution channel and will be providing EV chargers through direct sales channels too.
As part of its global expansion strategy, Exicom has identified Europe as a key market for its cutting-edge home charging and business solutions. Celebrating this milestone, Exicom unveiled its first-of-its-kind EV charging product, Harmony Direct DC 360 Fast Charger at the London EV Show, designed especially for the European market. It is crafted to meet the requirements of today’s EV drivers and is aimed at aiding charge point operators in the installation of fast-charging stations. Setting the benchmark with up to 360kW of power and a modular design, it promises the quickest charging experience in the market for upcoming electric vehicles. Its ergonomic cable management maintains station tidiness, while the new sleek design, easy-to-use display terminal and innovative lighting system elevate overall user experience. These DC chargers are suitable for installation at fueling stations, retail locations, highways and commercial premises to charge electric fleets.
Exicom is also thrilled to unveil its latest breakthrough – the ‘Spin Air’ EV AC Charger, marking a significant milestone in home electric vehicle charging. Spin Air seamlessly integrates state-of-the-art technology, user-friendly features, and elegant design. Beyond its visual appeal, Spin Air exemplifies intelligence in charging methodology. Solar compatibility allows users to harness renewable energy, while load balancing and power sharing ensure optimal energy distribution within the home environment. Additionally, it’s seamless integration with Exicom’s Spin Control mobile app empowers users to remotely monitor, schedule, and receive real-time updates on their charging sessions. By blending convenience with control, effortless management is now just a tap away.
Originating from India, a worldwide centre for technological excellence, Exicom has led the way in providing crucial power and EV charging solutions in over 15 countries across the globe. Exicom chargers power electric drives across the entirety of India, enduring extreme weather and electrical conditions and now have a robust presence in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and the Middle East showcasing its prowess in the EV Industry. As it enters the UK market through the London EV Show 2023, Exicom’s primary aim is to simplify EV charging, guaranteeing its reliability and future adaptability, aligning with the UK Government’s vision of achieving zero-emission vehicles by 2035. With a wealth of over two decade’s experience, Exicom has secured the trust of the world’s largest automotive firms, thanks to its dedication to cutting-edge technology, punctual deliveries, and continuous round-the-clock customer support.
“With many governments and especially UK favouring faster adoption of electric mobility, the demand for innovative home charging solutions and fast charging stations is higher than ever. We are thrilled to introduce our new range of Harmony DC chargers which fit variety of use cases and are convenient to operate. Our SPIN Home chargers are compact, connected and compliant with UK smart charging regulations. With the expansion of our operations in Europe, we hope to play a key role in enabling low carbon society in these markets – said, Anant Nahata, CEO, Exicom.
Exicom is driven by a customer-first approach, with its differentiation being products developed based on design, form factor, and unique features, relying on innovation and R&D activities. Exicom’s global operations are supported by three state-of-the-art manufacturing units and two R&D centres in India. Following this approach for the European market, Exicom seeks to build a local sales, service and application engineering team to fulfil customer demands.
To explore more on Exicom’s EV charging technology, visit – www.exicom-ps.com
Exicom entered the EV charging market in 2018 and offers full range of smart AC and DC fast charging solutions for passenger cars, and heavy-duty vehicles. It has sold more than 50K home chargers and 3000+ fast chargers in India and overseas markets.
Incorporated in 1994, Exicom is an India headquartered power management solutions provider operating under two business verticals. The first involves EV Charger solutions which offers smart charging solutions for home and businesses. The second vertical focuses on critical power solutions business, wherein the company services critical digital infrastructure by delivering overall energy management via its range of power and energy solutions.
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