BIC acquires Djeep lighters

Sector(s)
Consumer
Deal type
Buy a business
Date
July 2020
Countries involved
United States / France

Client

BIC is a world leader in stationery, lighters and shavers

Deal

Capitalmind has advised BIC on the acquisition of Djeep lighters

Parties

Lead team

  • Nicolas Balon

    Nicolas Balon

    Partner France
  • Alexandre Ebin

    Alexandre Ebin

    Partner France

What we did

Capitalmind has advised BIC throughout the acquisition process, from preparatory works prior NBO submission to final negotiations with the seller. Capitalmind supported BIC’s internal teams and external advisors to implement this strategic project, assisting on business plan modelling, valuation, deal structuring, internal approval documentation, due diligences monitoring and legal documentation negotiations.

About the deal

Founded in 1973 in France, Djeep is a leading manufacturer of quality lighters. The company distributes over 30 million lighters per year, mostly in Europe, but also in the U.S., Latin America, Middle East, Africa, and Asia. It has become a key supplier of the decorated lighters market thanks to its large tank shape.

BIC is a family-owned group listed on the Paris Stock Exchange, and a world leader in stationery, lighters and shavers. For more than 75 years, BIC has honored the tradition of providing high-quality, simple, inventive and reliable choices for everyone, everywhere, every time. BIC products are sold in more than 160 countries around the world and feature iconic brands such as Cello®, Conté®, BIC Flex™, Lucky Stationery, Made For YOU™, Soleil ®, Tipp-Ex®, Wite-Out® and more.

The acquisition of Djeep – for 40 million euros, and a deferred consideration based on Djeep future sales growth – aims at strengthening BIC’s position on the safety-compliant branded pocket lighters market and offers substantial growth opportunities in Europe and North America.