Alain Afflelou

Alain Afflelou is a leading franchisor in the European optical retail market with a network of nearly 1,100 optical retail stores in France and Spain and an ongoing presence in Belgium, Switzerland and Portugal.

Sector Consumer Office Paris
Acquired 2006 Deal size €500m

Background

Bridgepoint was able to acquire a controlling stake in the quoted optical retailer when its founder sought to plan his succession and secure the future development of the group. The firm was particularly attracted by Alain Afflelou's ability to roll out the concept via greenfield start-ups and acquisition of independent opticians and its impressive track record of successful commercial and marketing innovations.  Since acquisition by Bridgepoint, it has successfully leveraged its market leadership, generating impressive revenue growth and growing market share.  In April 2012 the company was sold to Lion Capital in a transaction which saw Bridgepoint make a healthy return on its investment.

To learn more about the company, visit www.alainafflelou.com

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