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ALTAMIR and AMBOISE Investissement invest in Prosodie

Paris, 30 october 2006 – Camélia Participations, a  company controlled by funds managed by Apax Partners France including Altamir and Amboise Investissement, entered into an  agreement with Mr. Alain Bernard, on 27 October 2006, for the acquisition of  his 46,42% stake in Prosodie (at 30 September 2006), at a price of €20 per  share. Prosodie is listed on Euronext Paris (Eurolist C - code ISIN  FR000415203).

The  closing of this transaction is contingent upon approval by the French  competition authorities (DGCCRF).

Following  the approval and subsequent acquisition of the block, Camélia Participations  will file with the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) a tender offer for all  the Prosodie shares it does not own, as set forth by market regulations. This  offer is expected to be filed before the end of the year.

PROSODIE  is a telecommunications operator which develops and provides telecommunications  services and IT solutions that allow customers, clients, partners and/or  employees of public and private organizations to access and exchange  information.
 Prosodie's  services and solutions aim at improving performance in customer relations  (telephone reception, interactive voice servers, automated call centres, …),  optimizing marketing strategy (design and development of mobile services,  eCommerce solutions, …), providing highly secure applications (management of payment  cards, electronic voting, ID authentication, …), as well as hosting and  management of communications applications and infrastructure services with high  value added.

Prosodie  also produces and delivers information to the general public in three areas:  weather forecasts through METEO CONSULT and LA CHAINE METEO (TV  channel), horse racing through GENYcourses and exam results through  France-examen.

With a  presence in France, Spain, USA and Canada, Prosodie had 2005 IFRS consolidated revenues of €147.1 m up 6.2% over  2004 (€138.5m) and 2005 operating income of €11.5 m up to 52.3% over 2004  (€7.5m).

Eddie   Misrahi, Partner at Apax Partners said:  "We are delighted to partner again with Prosodie and team up with Georges  Croix, Nicolas Dourassoff and André Saint-Mleux to continue growing this  leading-edge company. We are familiar with Prosodie, having already  participated in its 1997 buy-out from the Hersant family, then in its IPO a  year later. Prosodie has demonstrated its ability to anticipate business needs  and to develop value-added solutions. It has successfully addressed the  challenges created by the advent of Voice-over-IP  and voice recognition, as well as the  management of multi-channel flows, which have strong growth potential.

The  investment of Apax Partners France will be broken down as follows: 50% Apax  France VII, 25% Altamir, 25% Amboise  Investissement.


About Altamir and Amboise  Investissement

Altamir and Amboise Investissement are  two listed companies which were created by Apax Partners  respectively in December 1995 and at the end of March 2006. Both are designed  to co-invest and disinvest with the private equity investment  funds managed by Apax Partners  France.

Altamir  and Amboise Investissement leverage Apax Partners'  know how and investment strategy, which involves backing fast-growing  companies, at all stages of investment (LBO, growth capital, venture capital), across its global sectors of IT & Telecoms,  Media, Healthcare, Retail & Consumer and Business & Financial Services.

 

Altamir  is a SCR (Société de Capital Risque) listed on the  Euronext Paris Eurolist market, Compartment C, Ticker: LTA, ISIN: FR0000053837.
   For further  information: www.altamir.fr

Amboise  Investissement is a SCR (Société de Capital Risque)  listed on the Euronext Paris Eurolist market, Compartment C, Ticker: AMB, ISIN:  FR0010307348.
   For further  information: www.amboise-investissement.fr

 

For  further information, please contact:

Apax Partners  SA
 Agathe Heinrich
 Tel: + 33 (0)1 53  65 01 35
 Email:  agathe.heinrich@apax.fr



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