Since its inception in 1997, the European venture capital firm Idinvest Partners has financed more than 3,500 European companies through its three business lines: Venture Capital, Private Debt and Specialised Funds.
Idinvest specialises in financing European SMEs at various stages of growth. With over €8bn in its portfolio, the private equity firm offers a range of complementary solutions to help companies grow faster and provide equity and private debt investments, both directly and through private equity funds.
European private equity firm Idinvest Partners has announced the launch of the ISIA Fund (Idinvest SME Industrial Assets), the first large-scale fund aimed at financing the modernisation of production equipment in European SMEs. The objective of this fund is therefore to help improve the competitiveness and productivity of these companies on the national and international market by leasing industrial assets. The condition for these companies to access the ISIA Fund is that such leasing must be carried out through leasing operations, and not through equipment purchases, as leasing allows for the constant updating of machinery.
The new fund, which already has €150m in funding from the European Investment Fund (EIF) and various European institutions, a target size of €300M has been set.. This capital will enable Idinvest to finance between 70 and 100 projects in target markets in Europe where most of the business fabric is made up of SMEs, such as France, Benelux, Germany and Spain.
Idinvest is launching this fund in response to the needs of the market, which was increasingly demanding tailor-made asset finance solutions for SMEs. Regulatory requirements and tighter credit constraints are reducing the ability of banks to finance the purchase of industrial equipment. As a result, more and more SMEs in Europe are demanding new alternative sources of finance to enable them to modernise their production methods.
The size of the investments will range from between €1M and €15M (€5M on average), where the financing gap is particularly wide, and the duration will be between 5 and 7 years. The Fund will mainly target the industrial, basic consumer goods and health care sectors. These sectors receive less investment than they should, so the Fund will be used to purchase assets with the aim of leasing them back to SMEs, which will be responsible for their management and maintenance.
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