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ORESA and entrepreneur Cristian Amza take over control of La Fantana from Innova Capital

On April 14th, ORESA together with founder Mr. Cristian Amza, signed the agreement for the acquisition of all shares held by the funds managed by Innova Capital in La Fantana Group. Completion of the transaction is subject to the customary approvals, and the price of the transaction has not been disclosed. This is the second time that ORESA enters into La Fantana’s shareholding, after selling its shares in the company to Innova in 2007.

La Fantana is a leading provider of home and office water solutions in South-Eastern Europe (SEE) and the second largest provider of water solutions in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). In 2015, La Fantana Group posted consolidated revenues of over EUR 42 million and served more than 50 thousand customers. The Group led by Cristian Amza has effectively shaped the Romanian and Serbian water solution markets and currently operates an integrated business with a nationwide coverage in both Romania and Serbia, spanning the entire chain from water source to water production/bottling facilities and further to the Group’s own water and coffee distribution, as well as logistics for delivery to customer premises.

“La Fantana has been growing considerably in the past 17 years with Innova Capital and ORESA aside. We have shared the same vision in a team that worked every time. I thank the investors for believing in La Fantana and the management team I’ve been leading. Personally, I am extremely happy to re-join ORESA as partners. We are moving forward together with the objective to consolidate the growth and the performance of La Fântâna and further develop a business of services that count for clients, employees, shareholders and the industry”

– stated Cristian Amza, CEO and founder La Fantana Group.

“It is a tremendous opportunity to team up again with Cristian Amza and invest in La Fantana. We have been part of the start-up and first seven years of the company development. We were so impressed with its evolution and followed it so closely that one could say we have never left but only took a short break. La Fantana became a bigger and more solid player in watercoolers and developed successfully the new coffee solutions business, an area where we see interesting opportunities. Our ambition is to continue to grow the business and demonstrate how the right equity investor and an outstanding entrepreneur can partner to build great businesses”

– says Cornel Marian, Managing Director of ORESA.

“We are very satisfied with what we managed to achieve together with the Management of La Fantana during our holding period. Since the entry in 2007 the Company almost quadrupled EBITDA profit, and developed strong market position in new segments like office coffee and POU-filters. We are confident that this track-record will be continued by the Management, under new ownership structure”

– added Sebastian Teter, Managing Director of Innova Capital.

ORESA was supported in the transaction by DAVID and BAIAS S.C.A., PWC. Innova was supported by Clifford Chance Badea and Cristian Amza by POPOVICI NIŢU STOICA & ASOCIAŢII.

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