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Kartesia provides new unitranche financing for McIntosh Group

Kartesia provides new unitranche financing for McIntosh Group

Kartesia, the European specialist provider of capital solutions for small and mid-sized companies, is pleased to announce that it has completed a new financing for McIntosh Group (“McIntosh” or the “Company”), a leading designer and manufacturer of high-end audio equipment. McIntosh distributes products in over 70 countries under the iconic brands McIntosh, Sonus Faber and Audio Research.

The new unitranche financing, entirely provided by Kartesia, will allow the Company additional flexibility to meet its ambitious sales targets and commercial developments – including innovative ventures in the car audio systems sector with selected car manufacturers.

McIntosh is prepared for this next phase of growth, having capitalised on its products high-quality reputation, under the guidance of its current shareholders led by LBO France (the “Sponsor”). The Company employs 270 people in its three dedicated manufacturing plants, located in the USA and Italy. It is renowned for its high capacity amplifiers and pre-amplifiers, high definition loudspeakers and home theatre sound systems, as well as “all-in-one” product offerings. McIntosh prides itself in its continuous research to improve the existing range and develop new products, incorporating  the latest technologies.

Matthieu Delamaire, Managing Partner at Kartesia, said: “The superior quality of McIntosh’s products as well as the intrinsic value of its brands was evident from the start of our discussions with the Company and its stakeholders.  Kartesia is confident that under the leadership of LBO France and with its recently strengthened management team, McIntosh will be able to capture a significant share of the growing high-end audio equipment industry, across a wide range of products.”

About Kartesia

Kartesia is an independent and privately owned specialist provider of financing solutions focused on small and middle market companies across industries in Europe. Kartesia has over €1.3bn assets under management and has invested in over 85 companies in France, Germany, Northern Europe, Spain, Italy, Benelux and the United Kingdom.

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About LBO France

As a key independent player in private equity with €3.6bn of capital under management, LBO France has been supporting the growth of French companies for more than 30 years. Its strategy is based on four investment approaches in non-listed companies, managed by dedicated teams: (i) Mid Cap buyout through the White Knight funds and Small Cap buyout through the Hexagone funds, (ii) Innovation-Capital through the Innovation Capital funds, and (iii) Real Estate through the White Stone and Lapillus funds.

LBO France is 100%-owned by its management and employs almost 60 professionals.

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About McIntosh Group

McIntosh Group is a designer and manufacturer of high-end audio equipment, distributing most of its products under its three iconic brands, McIntosh (full range of audio system & home theatres, manufactured in the USA), Sonus Faber (primarily speakers, manufactured in Italy) and Audio Research (amps / pre-amps, manufactured in the USA). Today, the Company employs around 270 people and operates three manufacturing plants – with a broad network of distributors and dealers enabling Fine Sounds to sell its products in over 70 countries.

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