Background

  • Oodrive is an unrivalled European leader in sensitive data management and is a leading player in cloud security
  • Owned by Oodrive, CertEurope is one of the largest certification authorities in France, benefiting from a leading position in the eIDAS (electronic IDentification Authentication and trust Services) certification market with c. a 40% market share and over 70,000 eiDAS certificates delivered annually
  • CertEurope is largely positioned on the regulated market (eiDAS and SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificates)) but also addresses requests from clients in the Corporate PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) area, serving a variety of clients from large trade associations such as (lawyers, etc.) to major national retailers
  • CertEurope covers a wide range of industries such as banking, communication, luxury and public administrations

Process

  • DC Advisory (DC) acted as exclusive financial advisor to Oodrive on the sale of CertEurope to Tinexta, an Italian-based company listed on the “STAR” segment of the Italian stock exchange, with a market capitalisation of c.€1.5bn
  • DC worked closely with Oodrive and its shareholders to prepare CertEurope for sale, taking into account the challenges of the carveout whilst simultaneously maximising value

Outcome

  • In July 2021, Tinexta (through its subsidiary InfoCert), entered into exclusive negotiations for the acquisition of a 60% stake in CertEurope
  • The remaining 40% shall be purchased in 2023 on the basis of a specific put/call scheme
  • The acquisition will enable Tinexta to expand its international exposure by entering the French market, leveraging CertEurope’s well-established business relationships and reputation for excellence
  • CertEurope will be able to take advantage of InfoCert’s advanced infrastructure, minimising investments for the innovation of its service portfolio
  • Throughout this transaction, Oodrive contributes to the creation of a European champion of Electronic Identification Authentication and Trust Services, consistent with its long term strategy in digital trust and cybersecurity
  • This transaction further illustrates DC’s expertise in the technology & software sector
  • The sale of CertEurope remains subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to be completed in Q4 2021