ALTAMIR AMBOISE : Apax Partners, Altamir, LBO France and Nixen have entered into exclusive negotiations with Bain Capital for the sale of Maisons du Monde

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Paris, 20 June 2013 - Apax Partners (along with Altamir), LBO France and Nixen have signed an exclusivity agreement with Bain Capital for the sale of Maisons du Monde, a specialist home decoration and furniture retailer. The transaction could be completed in the coming weeks.

Apax Partners and LBO France acquired a majority stake in Maisons du Monde in April 2008 partnering with its founder and CEO, Xavier Marie, the company's management team, and Nixen.

Over the course of the last five years, Apax Partners, LBO France and Nixen have backed the company's growth strategy, executed by Xavier Marie and his team in France and internationally. During that time (2007-2012), sales revenue grew from ¤230 million to ¤500 million driven by the opening of 51 new points of sale across several European markets, and by dynamic organic growth, which in turn was driven by the launch of new collections and growing e-commerce activity.

Bain Capital has a long history of supporting growth in unique consumer brands and rolling out strong retail concepts in numerous categories and geographies. Maisons du Monde founder and CEO, Xavier Marie, and his management team are excited to have Bain Capital as their partner for the next phase of growth of the company, including accelerating the international store roll-out and the development of the online platform. Management will remain a significant shareholder alongside Bain Capital.

About Altamir
 

Altamir is a listed private equity company with approximately ¤500 million in assets under management. The objective of Altamir is to grow its net asset value per share (NAV), and to outperform the most relevant indices (CAC Mid & Small, and LPX Europe). 
 

Altamir invests through the funds managed by Apax Partners France, a leading private equity firm in French-speaking Europe, and through Apax Partners LLP, one of the world's leading private equity investment groups. Both firms target buyout and growth capital investments in which they are majority shareholders or lead investors, and help management teams to implement ambitious value creation plans.

Altamir provides access to a diversified portfolio of fast-growing companies across Apax's sectors of specialization: Technology, Media, Telecom, Retail & Consumer, Healthcare, and Business & Financial Services. The portfolio is also diversified by size and geography: mid-sized companies in French-speaking European countries; and larger companies across Europe, North America and key emerging markets (China, India, Brazil). 
 

Altamir is listed, since its inception in 1995, on the NYSE Euronext Paris exchange, Compartment B, ticker: LTA, ISIN code: FR0000053837. It is listed on the CAC Small, CAC Mid & Small, CAC All-Tradable and LPX Europe indices, among others. The total number of Altamir ordinary shares in circulation at 31 December 2012 was 36,512,301. For further information, please visit www.altamir.fr
 

Altamir Investor Relations
Raquel Lizarraga
Tel: +33 1 53 65 01 33
Email: raquel.lizarraga@altamir.fr

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