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Very promising first year for Amboise Investissement

The  Supervisory Board has reviewed the financial statements for fiscal year 2006.

The Net Asset Value (Limited  Partners' share) per share, net of any  tax liabilities, amounted to €14.52 at 31 December 2006,  up 19.1% on the float price of  €12.20 at the end of March 2006. This performance is particularly strong as the  €69m in available cash assets at the time of the IPO were only invested and committed  during the final quarter of the year.

The six  equity interests1 in the amount of €43.7m contributed to Amboise Investissement at the time of  its IPO produced excellent performances during the year. Two of them,  Financière Hélios (Séchilienne-Sidec) and Alma Consulting Group, were revalued  after being held for twelve months by the Apax group.

During the  year, Amboise Investissement recorded a steady investment rate. €66.0m were invested and committed primarily  in seven new companies:

  • Capio,  a European leader in private  hospitals, manages around a hundred operating units in the Nordic region, Great Britain, France,  Spain and Germany;
  • Two investments were made in  satellite communications: FTMSC (France Telecom Mobile Satellite Communications) is one of the leading providers  of mobile satellite communication services, and TSS (Telenor Satellite Services), a major international provider of  communication services (mobile and VSAT)2;
  • Prosodie is an operator of high added-value online services and IT solutions  (interactive voice servers, for example); a tender offer is in progress for the  capital not held by the funds managed by Apax Partners France, through the  acquisition holding company Camélia Participations.
  • Equalliance is one of the leaders in investment real estate in France. It is an integrated group covering  three business segments: real estate development (Océanis), property  administration (SIT) and parahotel operations (Suites Résidences group).
  • Odyssey  Financial Technologies is one of the leading suppliers  of wealth management solutions for major European banks.
  • The last commitment concerns a European consumer goods group (transaction in progress).

At 31 December 2006, the  Amboise Investissement portfolio included thirteen companies. The total Net  Asset Value amounted to €147.7m, distributed as follows:

  • unlisted companies3:  76.2%
  • cash: 20.1% (compared with 54.7%  at 30 September 2006)
  • IPO costs: 3.7%

The net book loss was –€1.3m due to management fees and  amortisation of the IPO costs. Also, the company has a relatively new portfolio  and has not yet made any disposals.

About  Amboise  Investissement
Amboise Investissement is a listed company that co-invests with the  private equity investment funds managed by Apax Partners  France and Altamir & Cie, a  company listed on Euronext Paris.

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

For the  2007 first half-year, the co-investment rates of Altamir  and Amboise Investissement with Apax France VII private equity fund are broken  down as follows: 25% Altamir, 25%  Amboise Investissement and 50% Apax France VII.

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:

Press Contacts

Apax Partners  SA – Marketing Department
Agathe Heinrich
Tel: + 33 (0)1 53  65 01 35

1 The investments in Financière Hélios  (Séchilienne Sidec), Alma Consulting Group, DBV Technologies, DxO Labs, Vedici  and Alain Afflelou were previously made by the Apax group and contributed to  Amboise Investissement at the time of its IPO at the end of March 2006.

2 The  TSS transaction is subject to approval by the regulatory authorities.

3 Note that Financière Hélios (Séchilienne Sidec), 3AB Optique Développement and  3AC Finance (Alain Afflelou), and Camélia Participations (Prosodie) are  accounted for as unlisted.

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