Melita announces new shareholders

Tuesday, December 08, 2015 by

Melita’s Board of Directors announced that an agreement has been reached between Melita’s current shareholders (GMT Communications Partners, MC Venture Partners, Blackrock Communications and the Gasan Group) and international investors Apax Partners (France) and Fortino Capital (Belgium) for the acquisition of the company. The closing of the agreement is subject to regulatory approval by the competent authorities.

Joseph Gasan, Chairman of Melita said “I am delighted that Melita, which I founded 23 years ago is now in a position, after a period of growth and transformation, to start a new phase under new ownership”.

The company’s management team has welcomed the deal and described it as recognition of Melita’s consistent growth throughout the past years, based on a clear strategy of delivering customer value through convergence.

“This transaction further highlights that Melita is recognised as one of the more advanced telecommunications players in Europe with converged fixed cable and mobile networks and services. With the support of these new shareholders, Melita will be able to continue its investment programme and growth benefiting consumers, businesses and the country as a whole”, commented Andrei Torriani, CEO at Melita.

“As the company continues to grow, invest and roll-out new offerings, we expect Melita to continue being a strong employer in Malta,” added Mr Torriani.

Apax Partners and Fortino Capital together bring more than 30 years of experience in the Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) sector. Through their investments and professional participation the new investors bring experience from companies such as Numericable Belgium & Luxembourg, Cabovisao, Outremer Telecom, Telenet, Primacom and KPN.

Over recent years Melita completed key infrastructure investments that have been recognised by the European Commission and enabled Malta to place at the top of the European charts for next generation broadband coverage. These investments include nationwide 3G mobile network, laying of a submarine cable connecting Malta to mainland Europe, nationwide deployment of next generation broadband with speeds up to 250Mbps, construction of a state-of-the-art data centre for co-location and hosting services, as well as the roll-out of melita WIFI – the next-generation Wi-Fi service providing seamless superfast connectivity across Malta and Gozo. Melita also continues to invest in dedicated Fibre connectivity to businesses across all Malta and Gozo.

About the transaction / agreement

The official statement released by the investors on the transaction is available here: http://www.apax.fr/en/news/apax-partners/actualite/33001-gmt-partners-m-c-partners-led-consortium-sells-melita-apax-france-fortino-capital.html

 

About Apax Partners (France)

Website: www.apax.fr

Apax Partners is a leading private equity firm in Europe. With more than 40 years of experience, Apax Partners provides long-term equity financing to build and strengthen world-class companies. Funds managed and advised by Apax Partners exceed €2.4 billion. These funds invest in fast-growing middle-market companies across four sectors of specialisation. Current portfolio companies include:

  • TMT: Altran, Gfi Informatique, Infopro Digital and Vocalcom
  • Retail & Consumer: ALAIN AFFLELOU, Europe Snacks, Groupe Royer and THOM Europe (Histoire d’Or, Marc Orian and TrésOr)
  • Healthcare: Amplitude Surgical, Capio and Unilabs
  • Business & Financial Services: Groupe INSEEC, SK FireSafety and TEXA

About Fortino Capital (Belgium)

Website: www.fortino.be

Fortino Capital is a Brussels-based investment company, co-founded by Duco Sickinghe, Renaat Berckmoes and Baudouin Jolly, which focuses on private equity and venture capital. Combining strong management backgrounds, extensive global networks and leading success in innovation, Fortino Capital supports the management of its portfolio companies from a strategic, operational and commercial perspective.