Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:


European Capital Completes First One Stop Buyout


euro 29 Million Invested in Leading Producer in European Commercial Sushi Market

European Capital, S.A. SICAR announced today it has invested approximately euro 29 million in the One Stop Buyout of Marco Polo Foods, the leading producer in the European commercial sushi market. European Capital’s investment takes the form of senior term debt, senior subordinated debt, redeemable bonds and common equity. Marco Polo management is investing in redeemable bonds and common equity.

"Only six months after opening an office in France, we are very pleased to announce European Capital’s first One Stop Buyout, executed by our Paris office," said Ira Wagner, President of European Capital Financial Services Limited ("European Capital Services"), the investment advisor of European Capital. "The buyout of Marco Polo Foods is a significant milestone in the development of our European franchise and France in particular. Since opening the Paris and London offices, we are seeing a very robust transaction pipeline. In addition, we are successfully bringing to bear our institutional capabilities to the European mid cap market, establishing a foundation for continued growth."

European Capital has invested nearly euro 100 million in five companies since its formation in August of this year. For more information about European Capital, go to

"We are investing in a company with a proven track record of growth as well as attractive future growth potential," said European Capital Services Managing Director Jean Eichenlaub. "Marco Polo was the first to introduce and develop commercially produced high quality fresh and frozen sushi and created YEDO, the only established brand on the market. The Company also holds a worldwide patent for the rapid defrosting of sushi products. Marco Polo has proven that it has mastered the logistics of fresh sushi production, consistently delivering a quality product and meeting growing demand. It continues to innovate, now introducing a seven day shelf-life sushi product with the potential to expand the market further in Europe to hyper and super chains."

"Retailers strongly support sushi because it is a relatively small product that requires limited shelf space yet generates high gross margins," said Jacques Pancrazi, European Capital Services Director. "Marco Polo was the first company in France to make sushi available outside of Japanese restaurants and is now solidly positioned to lead the market as sushi consumption continues to rise."

Marco Polo Foods was established in 1999 as the first commercial producer of fresh and frozen sushi products to the French and European retail markets. The Company’s ISO certified manufacturing facility is located approximately 100 miles south of Paris in Contres, France, where it operates from a top quality controlled newly built production site. The Company, which has consistently improved operating margins, currently has 120 employees producing more than 300,000 sushi per day.

"European Capital’s institutional capabilities and access to capital make it a very good investment partner for our business," said Jean-Charles Halimi, Marco Polo founder and CEO. "We are pleased to know them and we welcome them as a partner as we grow the European market and develop our sushi concept for expansion to North America. This type of frozen sushi is not sold in American supermarkets and that presents us with opportunities for future development."


European Capital is a buyout and mezzanine fund with capital resources of euro 750 million. European Capital invests in and sponsors management and employee buyouts, invests in private equity buyouts and provides capital directly to private and mid-sized public companies. European Capital invests from euro 5 million to euro 125 million per transaction in equity, mezzanine debt and senior debt to fund growth, acquisitions and recapitalizations.

Companies interested in learning more about European Capital’s flexible financing should contact Jean Eichenlaub at +33-(0)-1-40-68-06-66 in Paris, Simon Henderson at +44-(0)-87-0351-6988 or Nathalie Faure Beaulieu at +44-(0)-87-0735-4184 in London, or visit our website at


American Capital Strategies Ltd. (Nasdaq: ACAS), an affiliate of European Capital, is a publicly traded buyout and mezzanine fund with capital resources of approximately US$6.8 billion. American Capital invests in and sponsors management and employee buyouts, invests in private equity buyouts, provides capital directly to private and small public companies and through its asset management business is a manager of debt and equity investments in private companies. American Capital provides senior debt, mezzanine debt and equity to fund growth, acquisitions and recapitalizations.

As of October 31, 2005, American Capital shareholders have enjoyed a total return of 419% since the Company’s IPO -- an annualized return of 22%, assuming reinvestment of dividends. American Capital has paid a total of US$868 million in dividends and paid or declared US$19.08 dividends per share since its August 1997 IPO at US$15 per share.

Performance data quoted above represents past performance of American Capital. Past performance does not guarantee future results and the investment return and principal value of an investment in American Capital will likely fluctuate. Consequently, an investor’s shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Additionally, American Capital’s current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted above.

This press release contains forward-looking statements. The statements regarding expected results of American Capital Strategies are subject to various factors and uncertainties, including the uncertainties associated with the timing of transaction closings, changes in interest rates, availability of transactions, changes in regional, national or international economic conditions, or changes in the conditions of the industries in which American Capital has made investments.

Jean Eichenlaub | presseportal
Further information:

More articles from Business and Finance:

nachricht RWI/ISL-Container Throughput Index with minor decline on a high overall level
20.03.2018 | RWI – Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung

nachricht The RWI/ISL-Container Throughput Index started off well in 2018
22.02.2018 | RWI – Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung

All articles from Business and Finance >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Researchers at Fraunhofer monitor re-entry of Chinese space station Tiangong-1

In just a few weeks from now, the Chinese space station Tiangong-1 will re-enter the Earth's atmosphere where it will to a large extent burn up. It is possible that some debris will reach the Earth's surface. Tiangong-1 is orbiting the Earth uncontrolled at a speed of approx. 29,000 km/h.Currently the prognosis relating to the time of impact currently lies within a window of several days. The scientists at Fraunhofer FHR have already been monitoring Tiangong-1 for a number of weeks with their TIRA system, one of the most powerful space observation radars in the world, with a view to supporting the German Space Situational Awareness Center and the ESA with their re-entry forecasts.

Following the loss of radio contact with Tiangong-1 in 2016 and due to the low orbital height, it is now inevitable that the Chinese space station will...

Im Focus: Alliance „OLED Licht Forum“ – Key partner for OLED lighting solutions

Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP, provider of research and development services for OLED lighting solutions, announces the founding of the “OLED Licht Forum” and presents latest OLED design and lighting solutions during light+building, from March 18th – 23rd, 2018 in Frankfurt a.M./Germany, at booth no. F91 in Hall 4.0.

They are united in their passion for OLED (organic light emitting diodes) lighting with all of its unique facets and application possibilities. Thus experts in...

Im Focus: Mars' oceans formed early, possibly aided by massive volcanic eruptions

Oceans formed before Tharsis and evolved together, shaping climate history of Mars

A new scenario seeking to explain how Mars' putative oceans came and went over the last 4 billion years implies that the oceans formed several hundred million...

Im Focus: Tiny implants for cells are functional in vivo

For the first time, an interdisciplinary team from the University of Basel has succeeded in integrating artificial organelles into the cells of live zebrafish embryos. This innovative approach using artificial organelles as cellular implants offers new potential in treating a range of diseases, as the authors report in an article published in Nature Communications.

In the cells of higher organisms, organelles such as the nucleus or mitochondria perform a range of complex functions necessary for life. In the networks of...

Im Focus: Locomotion control with photopigments

Researchers from Göttingen University discover additional function of opsins

Animal photoreceptors capture light with photopigments. Researchers from the University of Göttingen have now discovered that these photopigments fulfill an...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>



Industry & Economy
Event News

Virtual reality conference comes to Reutlingen

19.03.2018 | Event News

Ultrafast Wireless and Chip Design at the DATE Conference in Dresden

16.03.2018 | Event News

International Tinnitus Conference of the Tinnitus Research Initiative in Regensburg

13.03.2018 | Event News

Latest News

TRAPPIST-1 planets provide clues to the nature of habitable worlds

21.03.2018 | Physics and Astronomy

The search for dark matter widens

21.03.2018 | Materials Sciences

Natural enemies reduce pesticide use

21.03.2018 | Life Sciences

Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>