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Audiotonix Secures Investment for Next Stage of Expansion

FOH Staff • On the Move • December 16, 2019

James Gordon

CHESSINGTON, UK – Audiotonix, a global purveyor of professional audio mixing consoles led by CEO James Gordon, pictured here, announced an agreement for a significant investment from Ardian, a private investment house. Ardian manages assets in excess of $90 billion across Europe, the Americas and Asia. Since it formed with Allen & Heath, Calrec and DiGiCo in 2014, Audiotonix has added Group One Ltd., Solid State Logic and Klang to its portfolio.

More details from Audiotonix (www.audiotonix.com):

James Gordon, Audiotonix CEO, is clear on the benefits the new investment agreement will bring. “This is an outstanding opportunity to partner with Ardian to enable further growth, and it represents a significant step in the future development of Audiotonix. We have built an incredible infrastructure within the group in the past five years, which has clearly benefited all our brands with manufacturing know-how, developing new technologies, and growing their worldwide reach. Ardian’s financial support and advice, combined with Astorg’s, who are also remaining as an investor for this next phase, will help expand our brands and product portfolio even further.”

Olivier Personnaz, Managing Director, Ardian Buyout, comments: “How people enjoy live, televised and streamed entertainment is going through a revolution. The world’s top acts, performers, broadcasters and supporting creative industries, want to give audiences the very best experience. Events, music and media content are becoming more immersive, embracing new technology and relying even more on great sound. That’s why we are excited about how this new partnership will help Audiotonix differentiate itself even further through the undisputed quality of its audio technology and service to customers. The highly experienced management team are well placed to grow the scope and reach of the business, delivering outstanding audio experiences to more and more people worldwide.”

François de Mitry, Managing Partner, and Stéphane Epin, Partner, Astorg, said: “We’re very proud to have supported Audiotonix during an acceleration phase of their history, at a time when private equity was not so familiar with professional audio. Under our tenure, the group launched an amazing series of very successful new products, acquired the brilliant “boutique” brand SSL and the exciting technology of KLANG. Many new projects have their coat and hat on and are ready to go out. No less importantly, many new senior talents joined Audiotonix, and have strengthened the team ahead of a new phase of expansion. We’re thrilled to go on supporting the journey.”

Since its initial formation with leading pro audio brands Allen & Heath, Calrec and DiGiCo in 2014, Audiotonix has seen expansion of its business and portfolio with further acquisitions. In 2017, the group integrated leading US importer and distributor Group One Ltd, and in December of that year purchased prestige studio console brand, Solid State Logic. In December 2018, DiGiCo announced the acquisition of KLANG:technologies, a pioneer in immersive sound technology and personal In-Ear monitoring solutions.

About Audiotonix

Audiotonix is a global market leader in the design, engineering and manufacture of professional audio mixing consoles and ancillary products. With innovative solutions from premium audio brands Allen & Heath, Calrec, DiGiCo, DiGiGrid, KLANG:technologies and Solid State Logic, their products are used extensively in live sound, broadcast, theatre production, installations, house of worship and recording studios.

About Ardian

Ardian is a world-leading private investment house with assets of US$90bn managed or advised in Europe, the Americas and Asia. The company is majority-owned by its employees. It keeps entrepreneurship at its heart and focuses on delivering excellent investment performance to its global investor base.

Through its commitment to shared outcomes for all stakeholders, Ardian’s activities fuel individual, corporate and economic growth around the world.

Holding close its core values of excellence, loyalty and entrepreneurship, Ardian maintains a truly global network, with more than 550 employees working from fifteen offices across Europe (Frankfurt, Jersey, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Paris and Zurich), the Americas (New York, San Francisco and Santiago) and Asia (Beijing, Singapore, Tokyo and Seoul). It manages funds on behalf of around 800 clients through five pillars of investment expertise: Fund of Funds, Direct Funds, Infrastructure, Real Estate and Private Debt.

About Astorg

Astorg is a European private equity firm with total funds under management of over €4 billion. Astorg seeks to partner with entrepreneurial management teams to acquire European companies and create value through the provision of strategic guidance, experienced governance and adequate capital. Astorg enjoys a distinct entrepreneurial culture, a long-term shareholder perspective, and a lean decision-making body enhancing its reactivity. Though not specialized, Astorg has gathered a valuable industry expertise in healthcare, business-to-business professional services, and technology-based industrial companies. Astorg has offices in London, Paris and Luxembourg, plus Senior Advisors based in Zurich and Frankfurt.

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