8 September 2021

Provepharm Life Solutions draws EUR 120m investment

8 September 2021


Provepharm Life Solutions, a Marseille, France-based pharmaceutical company that finds new applications for well-known molecules, has closed a EUR 120m financing round led by PE firm Tikehau Capital.

According to its website, Provepharm Life Solutions has 82 employees and posted EUR 48m turnover in 2020.

Bucephale Finance, BBLM and De Pardieu Brocas Maffei served as advisors for the company, while the investor was supported by Hogan Lovells.

Press release:

Provepharm Life Solutions, a private French pharmaceutical company that finds new applications for well-known molecules, today announces a €120 million ($142.3M) strategic funding. Tikehau Capital will provide the funds and joins the group’s pool of banking investors, including Société Générale, BNP Paribas, Banque Populaire Méditerranée, Crédit Agricole Alpes Provence and Bpifrance. This new investment will enable the group to speed up its internal R&D and external growth projects, in line with its Horizon 2025 strategy.

The 2020 financial year saw outstanding results and strong growth for Provepharm Life Solutions – in spite of the ongoing global pandemic. This includes a 30% increase in turnover and, following its  acquisition of Apollo Pharmaceuticals in December 2020, the successful integration of a portfolio of products. The company expects to use the new funds to plan significant structural operations in the years to come.

“Tikehau Capital is delighted to support the Provepharm pharmaceutical group with its highly innovative projects and its ambition for international growth. We are grateful to Michel Feraud and his team for trusting us. As well as providing a private debt financing solution, Tikehau Capital will become a long-term partner of Provepharm, allowing it to capitalize on promising opportunities in high-growth markets,” said Cécile Mayer-Lévi, head of private debt activity at Tikehau Capital.

Provepharm’s goal as a pharmaceutical laboratory is to create innovative ways to maximize the potential of all molecules, in order to offer treatments that will improve the lives of patients. Strengthening its financial resources with this major and favorable deal will enable the group to retain its independence in terms of capital.

“Our consistent performance, paired with our ambitious long-term plans, continues to strengthen our partnership with our financial partners. This new investment means that we can accelerate the time-frame for our Horizon 2025 strategic plan and actively contribute to advances in treatment that are sure to benefit patients,” explained Michel Feraud, CEO of Provepharm Life Solutions.

Over the coming months, the company plans to consolidate its position as an international and independent pharmaceutical group, specifically by hiring new staff in France and the United States, and increasing the size of its laboratories in Marseille, so that it can continue to manage its entire value chain.

Advisers on company side:

Finance: Bucéphale Finance (David Orban)

Legal: BBLM (Myriam Cuvellier) – De Pardieu Brocas Maffei (Jean-François Pourdieu)

Advisers on financial side:

Bank legal: Simmons & Simmons (Colin Millar, Iva Parvanova)

Tikehau Capital legal: Hogan Lovells (Alexander Premont, Stéphane Huten, Lorène Sani)