Orienta Capital Partners has acquired a majority stake in Cristallina Holding S.p.A.
Orienta has acquired 57.8% of Cristallina, a leading player in the mineral water market in Italy. This majority acquisition is part of Orienta’s strategic plan based on strong organic growth and acquisitions.
Mario Gardini, Partner at Orienta, commented, “With this new capital structure in which we hold a majority stake supported by leading investors with relevant track records, our focus will be on accelerating the growth and development of Cristallina. In recent years, the group has already demonstrated its ability to pursue business plan objectives, effectively integrating products and brands of excellent quality. We intend to develop this potential through acquisitions with the aim of expanding and diversifying the offer and the served markets.”
Lincoln acted as the exclusive debt advisor to Orienta and supported all aspects of the financing process including approaching the lenders and structuring and negotiating the financing. Lincoln was able to support Orienta in determining the optimal structure and securing a competitive financing package.
Orienta is a leading Italian private equity firm focusing on mid-market transactions, which invests directly and together with private and institutional co-investors through a club deal structure with a mix of equity and debt. Orienta invests in Italian small- and medium-sized enterprises, selecting targets that, through strategic and managerial support, have the potential and characteristics to maximize their unexpressed value.
Cristallina is one of the leading players in the mineral water market in Italy. Cristallina manages two of the most renowned bottled water brands in Northeast Italy; Goccia di Carnia, bottled in Forni Avoltri (Friuli-Venezia Giulia), and Pejo, bottled in Cogolo di Pejo (Trentino-Alto Adige). The group is the result of a build-up strategy carried out by the former shareholders that bought Goccia di Carnia in 2012 and Pejo in 2014.
We are very pleased with the outcome of the financing and were impressed by Lincoln’s commitment and drive to achieve the best outcome for the group.
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