Create permanent value based on an alliance
of managerial and shareholder talent
The contribution of investment companies can no longer be limited to seeking solid financial discipline, cutting costs and optimizing debt leverage. We have to transform businesses by preparing them for their future challenges, thus enabling them to reach a critical mass, particularly internationally, while guaranteeing a return for our investors.
CREATING A RELATIONSHIP OF TRUST
The radical technological disruptions observed in the industry and services sectors will require greater flexibility on the part of the SMEs that we accompany. Central to the team’s savoir-faire, the assistance we provide to the portfolio companies’ management must anticipate these disruptions and the additional investments that will be necessary, in a context of mutual trust and commitment on behalf of the employees in our companies. From the signing of the letter of interest, we ensure that our exchanges with management are fluid and transparent. We jointly define a solid business plan and provide the financial and human resources to attain the objectives. This relationship of trust allows us to simplify decision-making processes, thus boosting the flexibility of our portfolio companies while controlling risk.
REACHING A CRITICAL MASS
AT THE INTERNATIONAL LEVEL
Despite their global reach, there are too few French intermediate-sized businesses in relation to our European neighbors. Organic or external growth at an international level must be central to the SME strategy. It is at once a means and a challenge for their development. However, significant restrictions can hinder the ambitions of certain entrepreneurs: a lack of resources, and above all the complexity of managing acquired companies.
Eurazeo PME teams assist the portfolio companies with their international development. Backed by the Eurazeo network, they have a thorough understanding of the economic fabric as it pertains to Europe, Asia and South America. The planned opening of a US office in 2016 will add to our flexibility on the North American continent.
CSR, A LEADING INDICATOR
OF A COMPANY’S MATURITY
We are convinced that an effective CSR policy contributes to the generation of future cash flows. As a responsible shareholder, Eurazeo PME adopts and applies best governance practices in terms of transparency, independence, the set-up of oversight bodies, ethics in business conduct, dialogue with stakeholders, and non-financial risk assessment and anticipation. Eurazeo PME also encourages its portfolio companies to initiate one or more societal projects related to their activities.