Clairfield Italy advises Ambiente e Nutrizione in the sale of VOMM to Aksia
VOMM, a leading Italian producer of industrial plants for the environmental, chemical‐pharmaceutical, and food sectors, sold a controlling stake (65%) to Aksia Group’s Aksia V fund.
The founding partners, the Vezzani family through their family holding Ambiente & Nutrizione, reinvested in the Group and maintained a 35% stake developing future growth strategies alongside the fund.
Established in the 1960s, VOMM (www.vomm.it) provides engineering and construction services based on patented VOMM Turbo technology and VOMM Service, active in set-up and after-sales services. In 2019 VOMM Group had revenue of EUR 32 million and an EBITDA of EUR 10 million.
Aksia Group (www.aksiagroup.it) manages funds that invest in small and medium size companies through leveraged buy-outs. VOMM is the third investment of the Aksia V fund, launched in 2019 and for which Aksia has collected EUR 200 million.
Supported by Aksia, the Group will pursue its path of growth developing new markets, including China, and the application of its own technology in other industries.
The process was an arduous one that ultimately closed with a very successful outcome.
VOMM Group offers modern and attractive products and services and had a full pipeline and diversified client base. The family wished to partner with an outside investor to expand geographically. It drew several potential buyers and reached advanced negotiations with a private fund. However it became clear that the Group would not be able to withstand the due diligence process due to the lack of order-related financial information.
Under the skillful guidance of Clairfield Italy, the process was halted while experts were brought in to bring the accounting up to standards. The process was restarted once the numbers were in order six months later and another buyer was quickly identified. The new price was 25% over the previous offer.
The ongoing COVID crisis did not affect VOMM negatively, proving the resilience of its business. This time the closing process proceeded smoothly with a successful outcome for all parties.