Changes in the capital of the MISSLER SOFTWARE Group

The MISSLER SOFTWARE Group is a French publisher of CAD/CAM software
(computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing). It posts sales of almost €30M and employs some 250 people all over the world. The capital operation by iXO Private Equity heralds a new step in the Group's development.

Founded in 1983, the MISSLER SOFTWARE Group is the result of a merger of four publishers: MISSLER SOFTWARE, TOPCAD, CATALPA and CN Industries. The software developed and published by the Group offers a completely integrated design, manufacturing and management solution for SMEs and major industrial groups. The software is mainly intended for manufacturers and subcontractors in the mechanical, sheet metalwork/boiler work and wood sectors that are faced with major design operations in readiness for manufacturing, and the need to check the parts they make very precisely.

To date, more than 50,000 licenses have been installed worldwide. In France, the software is sold through a network of agents that are close to their customers. Export sales, which now represent 35% of turnover, are mostly made through a network of resellers.

After a first LBO between 2005 and 2011; which enabled the management team to acquire a majority stake in the Group, iXO Private Equity is now investing €4M and acquiring a minority stake in the new pool. This operation sees the partial or total withdrawal of long-standing shareholders, who have retired after more than 30 years of loyal service, and the arrival of experienced managers in the capital. They will strengthen the management team headed by Christian Arber, Marc Choquin and Jean-Luc Rolland, by partly replacing the people who have left. This operation also demonstrates the Group's desire to rejuvenate its management team and to speed up its international development. Now that the domestic market is mature, exports represent a source of growth that can offset the very high development costs by addressing a broader customer base.

IXO Private Equity: Nicolas Charleux, Nicolas Olivès

Legal counselors:

  • IXO Private Equity: Axten (Clyve Monfredo, Sophie Gsell)
  • Executives: Adamas (Louis Bravard), Muriel Lecuyer Samson

IXO Private Equity due diligence:

  • Financial audit: Deloitte (Anne-Marie Martini, Aurélien Hanin)
  • Legal, fiscal and social audit: Axten (Clyve Monfredo, Sophie Gsell)
  • Insurance audit: Marsh (Cécile Delaunay, Serge Pinal)

About IXO Private Equity:

IXO Private Equity is an independent company that is fully owned by its management team. It manages a portfolio of capital-investment assets worth €560M. Funds made up of public savings in investment funds and investments in innovation amount to €230M. Innovation investment funds, mainly from institutional investors, amount to €330M.

IXO Private Equity, which is based in Toulouse and Marseilles, invests amounts of between €1M and €15M per project in the equity capital of SMEs throughout the south of France.

For more information: www.ixope.fr

About Missler Software:

Missler Software, headquartered outside Paris, France, is the software developer of the TopSolid CAD/CAM/ERP software dedicated to the mechanical manufacturing, toolmaking, wood and sheetmetal industries. In 2014 company turnover was €28M for 215 employees. Every year Missler Software invests in the region of 30% of its annual turnover in Research and Development for its integrated software. The company was founded in 1984 and has been present on the international market since 1997. Missler Software exports approximately 60% of its software licenses via a network of 80 value added resellers throughout the world. For further information visit www.topsolid.com


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