News Invest has today announced the acquisition of a majority stake of 62% in AMEZIS, a communications consulting firm specialising in sustainable development solutions for SMEs, large businesses and public authorities.
Complementary niche expertise in keeping with the Group's positioning
This acquisition confirms the News Invest Group's unique position in the marketing services market, in continuation of its strategy of acquiring profitable companies operating in high potential niche markets.
Via its subsidiaries Actus Finance et Communication, Pulpmedia and Actusnewswire, the News Invest Group provides a broad range of complementary services for the internet, finance and sustainable development markets. The acquisition of AMEZIS offers a strategic fit with the Group's existing in the buoyant area of environmental marketing services and is in keeping with its strategy of focusing on synergies favouring cross-selling between its various business entities.
Thanks to its dual positioning, AMEZIS will contribute to the expansion of the Group's "Corporate" customer base (listed and unlisted companies) and enable it to target local authorities. As they do not depend on economic or stock market cycles, local authorities offer extremely solid visibility due to the recurring nature of services provided and secure payments.
It also strengthens News Invest's position, having been present for a number of years in the sustainable development market by providing consulting services to companies including Théolia, Velcan Energy, Europlasma, H2O Innovation, Thenergo, Finaxo Environnement, Eo2, Aerowatt and Vergnet.
AMEZIS: renowned expertise in sustainable development consulting
Currently structured around five people and a network of external experts, AMEZIS is a consulting firm renowned for its technical, strategic and creative expertise. Through its unique positioning, it helps its clients to define and implement their "sustainable development strategies" and in their "responsible communications" projects.
Created five years ago, AMEZIS benefits from the favourable legal framework of the French law on new economic regulations ("Nouvelles Régulations Economiques"), which encourages listed companies to include the social, community and environmental impacts of their business activities in their annual reports. AMEZIS notably produced Suez's 2004 Sustainable Development report and France Telecom's 2005 Corporate Responsibility Report.
AMEZIS also assists various organisations, including an environmental organisation and the French Federation for Civil Engineering Contractors (Fédération Nationale des Travaux Publics) in all of their sustainable development communications. In addition, it recently organised the town of Nogent sur Marne's 2007 Sustainable Development Festival.
News Invest: a unique and specialised marketing services offering
Stéphane Moity, News Invest Chairman, comments: "This acquisition confirms the targeted acquisition strategy announced on the presentation of our full-year results. AMEZIS's value-added positioning opens up new market segments and new opportunities for commercial synergies and helps to reinforce our marketing services offering".
AMEZIS's founding director Stéphane Duponchel will remain at the helm of the company and will join Stéphane Moity, Eric Levasseur, Sophie Vinçon and Jean-Sébastien Cruz, Chairman of Pulpmedia, on the News Invest Group's Management Board.
As a result of the acquisition, the Group will have close to 60 employees as at 20 July 2007.For more information about AMEZIS go to www.amezis.com
News Invest is listed on the Marché Libre of Euronext Paris.
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