ARKADIN Acquires Novasight With the Support of AXA Private

ARKADIN Acquires Novasight With the Support of AXA Private Equity 
Acquisition Reflects the Continued Development of Arkadin, Which Was
Named Second in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 
PARIS -- (Marketwire) -- 11/27/12 --  Arkadin, the leading global
collaboration services provider, has acquired Novasight, a company
founded and managed by Philippe Decaesteke specializing in video
conferencing services. 
Through this acquisition, Arkadin will reinforce its video
conferencing offer (from the video-as-a-service to managed services)
while boosting its development to Unified Communications, solutions
which gather all the collaboration tools within a single interface.  
Many synergies between Arkadin and Novasight have already been
identified. Novasight will be able to utilize Arkadin's global
network to accelerate its own growth. Besides, Arkadin will be able
to offer its 25,000 B2B clients the recognized knowledge and
expertise of Novasight's teams and technological partnerships, which
the company has built since its creation in 2001 (Cisco-Tandberg,
Polycom, Radvision).  
Arkadin has 1,000 employees in 31 countries, is expected to achieve a
turnover of EUR 185 million in 2012 -- an increase of 45% on last
year -- and aims to double the turnover of its video business in
2013. AXA Private Equity, main shareholder of Arkadin since August
2012, will help the management team integrate Novasight's skills
while continuing to provide experience and geographical reach. 
Olivier de Puymorin, founder and CEO of Arkadin, said: "We are
delighted to integrate Novasight's expertise into our company as it
offers major growth opportunities. This acquisition allows our
company to grow its offer and asserts our presence across the value
chain of Unified Communications." 
Philippe Decaesteke, founder and CEO of Novasight, said: "This
acquisition will allow Novasight to enter a new stage in its
development. The technological expertise of our teams, plus the
market know-how and international presence of Arkadin, constitute the
key elements of a successful combination."  
Francois Jerphagnon, Managing Director Small Market Enterprise
Capital at AXA Private Equity, added: "The acquisition of Novasight
represents an important stage in Arkadin's growth, reinforcing its
presence in the high growing market of video conferencing services.
Novasight's expertise strengthens the distinctive positioning of
Arkadin compared to its competitors." 
After 10 years of significant growth, Arkadin, founded and headed by
Olivier de Puymorin, has become the third largest independent
collaboration service operator worldwide, and allowed more than 60
million people to collaborate in 2011. This year, Arkadin has
experienced record growth once more, which has been ranked second in
the Deloitte Technology Fast 50, for which the company is
acknowledged in the intermediate size category. The award establishes
an annual ranking of the 50 French technology companies that show the
best turnover growth, demonstrating their ability to develop the
business at a fast and sustainable pace in a constantly evolving
technological environment. With this award, Arkadin is clearly
recognized as one of the fastest-growing technology companies in
France. 
ABOUT ARKADIN
 Founded in 2001, Arkadin is a leading Global
Collaboration Service Provider offering a complete range of remote
collaboration solutions from audio, web and video conferencing to
Unified Communications. Arkadin enables all types and sizes of
organizations to communicate and collaborate effectively using its
user-friendly and cost-efficient solutions to increase business
productivity.  
With a global network of 50 operating centers in 31 countries, in
Asia, Europe, Middle-East, Africa, Latin America and North America,
Arkadin delivers its business solutions using a SaaS model so
customers benefit from fast, scalable deployments with a high ROI.
Arkadin provides added value to its 26,000 customers with dedicated,
local support. 
www.arkadin.com 
ABOUT AXA PRIVATE EQUITY
 AXA Private Equity is a world leader in
private equity, with assets of $30 billion managed or advised in
Europe, North America and Asia. The company offers its investors a
wide choice of funds covering the full range of asset classes: Funds
of Funds (primary, early secondary and secondary), Direct Funds
including Infrastructure, Small and Mid Market Enterprise Capital,
Innovation & Growth, Co-Investment and Private Debt.  
With offices in Beijing, Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Milan, New
York, Paris, Singapore, Vienna and Zurich, AXA Private Equity is
committed to supporting companies in their long term growth by
providing access to its international network. AXA Private Equity
sets great store by the regularity and quality of its reporting on
the performance of its funds and the performance of the companies in
its portfolio, as a service to its investors. 
AXA Private Equity, Global Investments the European way 
www.axaprivateequity.com  
LIST OF PARTIES INVOLVED 
Buyers  


 
--  Arkadin: Olivier de Puymorin, Alexis Cornu-Thenard, Mathieu Rolland

  
Advisors to the buyers: 


 
--  Legal: Gatienne Brault & Associes (Caroline Simic, Maxime
    Brotz)
--  Tax, Financial: Deloitte (Cyril Stivala, Thomas Fischer)

  
Sellers 


 
--  Legal: Fidal (William Morel)

  
PRESS CONTACTS 
Arkadin North America
Gregory Batchelor
+1 347 610-2282
g.batchelor@arkadin.com 
AXA Private Equity
Estelle Guillot-Tantay
Tel: +33 1 53 70 74 93
egt@image7.fr 
Flore Larger
Tel: +33 1 53 70 74 91
flarger@image7.fr