Clearwater International advises the shareholders and managers of Mariton Group on a majority stake acquisition by management, backed by BNP Développement and two historical investors, Bpifrance and Sofipaca
Clearwater International has advised the shareholders and managers of Mariton Group (Mariton and Roche Habitat), a leading designer and manufacturer of custom insect, pollen, and sun protection products, on a minority buyout transaction led by BNP Développement, alongside two long-standing investors of the group, Bpifrance and Sofipaca. This transaction allows the capital transmission of the group to continue, initiated by Connect Pro in 2018 with Sabine Mariton and her management team.
Headquartered in Saint-Chamas, France, Mariton Group boasts a workforce of 100 across two production sites, Mariton in Saint-Chamas in district 13, and Roche Habitat in Genas district 69, with a projected revenue of over €25m in 2023.
Under the leadership of its CEO, Sabine Mariton, supported by Connect Pro as lead investor, the group has doubled its revenue since 2018, becoming one of the leading players in France’s custom insect, pollen, and sun protection products. With strong brand recognition, first established 70 years ago and its historical leadership position in the French mosquito net and interior blind markets, the group has expanded its product range to include outdoor and indoor blinds.
The acquisition of Roche Habitat in 2022 was transformative, allowing the group to offer a complete range of outdoor products including awnings, blinds, and pergolas, while strengthening its territorial presence.
Positioned in a premium segment, Mariton Group differentiates itself from the competition through a focus on customer satisfaction and making life easier for installers and fitters. This is achieved through product design for easy and long-lasting installation, with an in-house design office, the development of efficient digital tools including the Mariton app, close customer relationships, responsiveness, and flexibility.
The arrival of BNP Développement, alongside Bpifrance and Sofipaca, as part of Connect Pro’s exit, allows Sabine Mariton and her team to become the majority shareholders, while providing the group with the means to execute its ambitious development plan. This includes accelerating its commitment to future challenges, particularly by implementing a CSR strategy at all levels of the company, including the group's commitment to the Climate Pledge and the goal of obtaining the Ecovadis Gold label by 2024. Additionally, the group aims to invest in innovation to offer cutting-edge products and services, while playing a key role in market consolidation by targeting companies with complementary geographical coverage, a focus on outdoor products, and innovative solutions for insect, pollen, and sun protection.