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Private Equity
normandieparticipations.fr

Investments

48

Portfolio Exits

1

Funds

1

About Normandie Participations

Normandie Participations (Normandy Investments) is the private equity arm of AD Normandie, the regional agency for economic development in Normandy.

Headquarters Location

2 esplanade Anton Philips

Colombelles, 14460,

France

02 31 53 34 40

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Latest Normandie Participations News

AYRO: Maritime Transport Decarbonation Company Closes €19 Million

Oct 4, 2023

AYRO – the designer and manufacturer of the OceanWings wingsail solution for cargo ships and yachts – recently announced the closing of a €19.2 million ($21 million) Series B round led by Blue Ocean, managed by SWEN Capital Partners, which brings the total funding to over €30 million. Existing investors Ocean Zero and Bpifrance – through its Ecotechnology 2 fund (as part of France 2030 initiatives) – participated in the round along with new investors AmInvest, Colam Impact, Normandie Participations, Normandie Littoral and FCPI Capital Innovant n°2 managed by SWEN Capital Partners. Christian Lim, Managing Director of Blue Ocean, will join the board of AYRO. This significant investment in AYRO occurs when the company and the market are at an inflection point. This year was the warmest year on record for the planet, and shipping is expected to represent up to 17% of human carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 if no action is taken. In July, AYRO installed 4 OceanWings 363 wing sails on the Canopée, which is a groundbreaking vessel dedicated to transporting Ariane 6 space launch system components from Europe to French Guiana – enabling a 30% reduction in fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions over its regular route. AYRO was founded in 2018 by Marc Van Peteghem (also co-founder of the VPLP Naval Architecture firm, who imagined the OceanWings concept based on the wingsail design, which won the America’s Cup in 2010 with the BMW Oracle racing trimaran). Marc’s vision was to take that high-performance concept and apply it to the decarbonization of shipping. And the concept was perfected with prototypes and demonstrators such as the Energy Observer zero emission Catamaran, which verified the high-performance wing sail design over several years and across several oceans. The new generation of OceanWings powering Canopée represents a major step up in scale (40 meters high / 363 m2), ease of use (OceanWings are fully automated), and maturity of the solution. Marc, who until recently was the CEO of AYRO will continue to support the company as Chairman of the Board. And Emmanuel Schalit – who was since 2022 Chairman of the Board has been appointed as CEO to succeed Marc and he will join Romain Grandsart in his new role as COO of AYRO. Before joining AYRO’s board, Emmanuel was co-founder and CEO of Dashlane, which he led for nine years, growing the company from 4 to 350 employees, and raising over $200 million in capital from tier 1 US investors. Before Dashlane, Emmanuel was the CEO of CBS Outdoor France, a top 3 Outdoor advertising company; the COO of LMG Group, a leading international publishing group; and SVP at Vivendi Universal, where he led a global K-12 Publishing division with € 1.5 billion in revenue. Emmanuel holds a master’s degree in Math and Physics from École Polytechnique in Paris and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Université of Toulouse. He also studied Marketing and Finance in the Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School. KEY QUOTES: “Every year, some 90,000 ships transport nine billion tons of goods globally, accounting for almost 90% of all logistics flows. Reducing the emissions of these ships is an urgent priority. The good news is that wind is free, available on every ocean, and the technology to harness it is now mature and available.” “Having worked with Marc, Romain and the rest of the board over the last 18 months, I know how exceptional the team is: they enabled the building of the most advanced wind powered transport vessel in history in just 24 months. I am honored to have been offered the opportunity to join as CEO and am looking forward to helping scale the company to its massive potential.” — Emmanuel Schalit, AYRO’s new CEO “Blue Ocean backs startups that can deliver both systemic impact for ocean health and competitive market returns. We studied the wind propulsion market in detail for 2 years and concluded that AYRO is clearly positioned to be a global leader in this sector. Wind propulsion is critical for decarbonization of shipping in the context of what is now being called ‘global boiling,’ and ambitious targets set by the International Maritime Organization and carbon reduction regulations coming into effect across the globe. The transformation of the maritime industry has begun, and we are excited about the major contribution that AYRO will make.” — Christian Lim, managing director of SWEN Capital Partners “For centuries sails were used in maritime trade. When coal started being used in the 19th century, transport vessels continued to need sails because they could not transport enough coal to cross oceans. Now that we need to abandon oil with its high energy density as the single source of power for ships, wind will be an essential component, alongside other technologies, to create hybrid zero-emission ships in the coming years.” — Marc Van Peteghem, Founder of AYRO Trending on Pulse 2.0

Normandie Participations Investments

48 Investments

Normandie Participations has made 48 investments. Their latest investment was in Scalinx as part of their Series B on January 10, 2024.

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Normandie Participations Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

1/10/2024

Series B

Scalinx

$37.22M

No

1

11/27/2023

Seed

EasyShipping

$0.87M

Yes

Bpifrance, Normandie Business Angels, and Undisclosed Investors

3

10/24/2023

Seed VC

Loop Dee Science

$1.91M

Yes

1

9/26/2023

Series B

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$99M

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10

6/2/2023

Series A

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$99M

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10

Date

1/10/2024

11/27/2023

10/24/2023

9/26/2023

6/2/2023

Round

Series B

Seed

Seed VC

Series B

Series A

Company

Scalinx

EasyShipping

Loop Dee Science

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Amount

$37.22M

$0.87M

$1.91M

$99M

$99M

New?

No

Yes

Yes

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Co-Investors

Bpifrance, Normandie Business Angels, and Undisclosed Investors

Sources

1

3

1

10

10

Normandie Participations Portfolio Exits

1 Portfolio Exit

Normandie Participations has 1 portfolio exit. Their latest portfolio exit was Citima on March 07, 2023.

Date

Exit

Companies

Valuation
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Acquirer

Sources

3/7/2023

Acquired

$99M

1

Date

3/7/2023

Exit

Acquired

Companies

Valuation

$99M

Acquirer

Sources

1

Normandie Participations Fund History

1 Fund History

Normandie Participations has 1 fund, including Normandie Participations Fund.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

2/23/2018

Normandie Participations Fund

$51.68M

1

Closing Date

2/23/2018

Fund

Normandie Participations Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

$51.68M

Sources

1

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