Mario Visioni - Biography
In private equity since the early 90's. In
, Mario Visioni focuses on deal structuring, execution and monitoring,
with significant expertise in financial monitoring and reporting.
He has particular expertise in the leather and luxury goods, and leisure
and lifestyle sectors. Prior to joining
, M. Visioni worked from 1988 to 1995 with Sanpaolo Finance, the private
equity arm of the San Paolo di Torino banking group (today Intesa San
Paolo), where he managed numerous investments.
Between 1995 and 2000, M. Visioni worked for Westdeutsche Landesbank
where, prior to departure, he was an Executive Director with
responsibilities within its private equity and structured finance
operations in Italy. In this role, he managed a number of investments
and was active as a consultant for the investment operations in Italy of
West Private Equity, the group's pan-European private equity fund.
Previously, he also worked in the corporate finance department of
Mediobanca. M. Visioni holds a degree in Business Administration from
Bocconi University in Milan.
Stefano Scarpis - Partner of Alto Partners S.G.R.
worked for ten years in the corporate finance department of Mediobanca
in Milan, where he was in charge of the financial restructuring of a
number of large Italian industrial groups such as Ferruzzi-Montedison,
Pirelli and Premafin. S. Scarpis holds a degree in Business
Administration from Siena University and an MBA from Bocconi University
in Milan. He was a member of AIFI's executive committee from 2003 to
Raffaele de Courten - Partner of Alto Partners
Prior to joining
, Raffaele de Courten worked for 11 years in the corporate finance department
of Mediobanca in Milan, where he first worked on equity transactions and
later had responsibility for the funding strategy of the bank on the
debt capital markets side as well as the organisation of debt operations
for the bank's clients (including Enel, Ferrovie dello Stato,
Assicurazioni Generali, Italcementi, the EIB and the World Bank). R. de
Courten holds a degree in Business Administration from LUISS University
in Rome. He is a member of AIFI's executive committee.
Alto Partners acquires Monviso from 3i
Headquartered in Andezeno, Monviso was founded in 1936 as a producer of
hand-made food for children and diabetics. In the early 70s the company
started to increase its production and also expanded into the
non-dietary food segment. Today, under the brand Panmonviso, the company
ranks at the top of the Italian market far bread substitutes, producing
rusks, breadsticks, gluten-free products, biscuits and croutons. Monviso
has a workforce of 110 and operates through three dedicated
The company has gross revenues of more than €30m and an EBITDA of
approximately 15%. In 2007 the Italian market for bread substitutes
reached approximately €950m and in the last three years the market has
been growing at a significantly higher rate than that of the general
food market (4.1% versus 1.6%). The investors plan to support the
company by improving distribution, in particular in the HORECA sector,
strengthening the presence in important markets such as central and
northeastern Italy, and by assessing strategic acquisitions.
has acquired an 89% stake in Monviso from private equity fund 3i. The
balance is held by the management, led by CEO Massimo Chinarelli, and
the shareholders, Franco Gribaldi and Franco Vitale. The proprietary
deal took two months to complete and represents the sixth investment of
Alto Capital II fund.
Massimo Chinarelli will remain as the company's CEO.
, and Alice Barberini handled the deal for Alto Partners. Lorenzo
Zamboni led for 3i.
Alto Partners buys Rubinetterie Toscane Ponsi
Viareggio-based Ponsi was established in 1948 by four brothers and until
recently was owned by 12 shareholders, children and nephews of the
founders. The company specialises in the manufacture of bathroom taps
and mixers. It has a presence in Tuscany, Emilia Romagna, Umbria and
Lazio while 20% of its sales originate from Greece, The Netherlands,
Germany and the Far East.
Ponsi employs over 70 staff. The backers' plan is to support the
continued growth of the company, to promote M&A activity mostly in Italy
and to improve exports to reach international sales in the range that
sector competitors currently operate (50%) through a more efficient
sales channel and through increased communication and marketing
and Alice Barberini led the deal for
; Visioni and Barberini will join the company's board. Umberto Grazzini
will remain the company's general manager. Davide Ramelli, Gabriele
Colla led the deal on behalf of Interbanca.
Alto Partners completes Rancilio buyout
Coffee machine maker Rancilio has sold 16.67% of its share capital to
via a limited auction process managed by KPMG Corporate Finance.
The investors valued the business based on its multiple of earnings and
will support the company's growth via acquisitions in Italy and abroad.
To that end, the GPs may consider underwriting further capital increases.
Upon completion of the deal, existing owners Giorgio, Roberto, Silvia
and Luca Rancilio will own a joint stake of 83.33%. The acquisition is
forecast to close by the end of September. By that time, the GPs will
have decided on the leveraged finance aspects of the transaction.
and Alice Barberini of Alto Partners handled the deal.