Background

  • Carbone Savoie is a leading manufacturer of synthetic graphite specializing in aluminium smelting and specialty graphite materials for a wide range of high-temperature applications
  • With more than 120 years of corporate history, the company operates two well-invested production plants in France (Notre-Dame-de-Briançon in Savoie and Vénissieux in Rhône) with c.380 employees
  • Carbone Savoie supplies its products to a wide portfolio of blue-chip customers worldwide, such as Rio Tinto, South32 and Alba, with approx. 95% of revenue generated outside France
  • Backed by Alandia Industries since 2016, the company has led an impressive turnaround resulting into a sound reshaping of its cost structure, a modernization of its plants and the development of new business lines, notably towards the very promising European battery market for electric vehicles
  • As a result, Carbone Savoie generated €128m of revenue in 2019 (vs. €60m in 2016) and over €25m of EBITDA

Process

  • DC Advisory was appointed by Alandia Industries, representing the shareholders of Carbone Savoie, in 2019 to review the strategic options for Carbone Savoie.
  • Following a global auction process, which attracted strong appetite from strategic buyers, Tokai Carbon alongside Tokai COBEX, its wholly-owned subsidiary acquired in July 2019, have acquired 100% of Carbone Savoie’s shares

Outcome

  • Listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Tokai Carbon stands as a leading global manufacturer of carbon and graphite products for steel, aluminum, automotive and semi-conductors markets
  • Tokai Carbon generated €2.2bn of revenue in 2019 and has a global network of 46 business locations across 11 countries
  • Tokai Carbon intends to maintain Carbone Savoie’s autonomy and its brand, production facilities, management team and workforce, while promoting synergies with Tokai COBEX and supporting its ambitious development plan
  • This transaction illustrates DC Advisory’s expertise in the industrial sector, and demonstrates its ability to support its clients in cross-border transactions, notably with Asian corporate groups