Oct. 17, 2016
Valagro S.p.A recently announced that it has received a growth equity investment from Metalmark Capital (“Metalmark”), a New York-based private equity firm with expertise in the agribusiness sector. Valagro will use the proceeds to fund organic growth initiatives in strategic markets, such as the biologicals, and to expand its offerings of tailored solutions to farmers and growers. Through this investment, Metalmark has become a minority equity investor in Valagro. Financial terms of the Metalmark investment were not disclosed.
“We are excited to partner with Metalmark as we continue to build upon our more than 30 years of success producing and marketing biostimulants and specialty agricultural inputs,” said Giuseppe Natale, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Valagro. “With Metalmark’s support, we will continue to capitalize on future growth opportunities while maintaining our commitment to innovation and delivering top products and services to our loyal customers. We view Metalmark as a long-term partner and look forward to leveraging their financial and sector expertise and capabilities as we enter this next phase of growth and continue to expand our global footprint.”
Founded in 1980 in Italy, Valagro is a leading provider of biostimulants and specialty nutrients to the global agricultural market and currently offers more than 20 branded product lines, with a robust pipeline of new products in development. The plant biostimulant category represents one of the fastest growing sub-segments in the agricultural products sector, making Valagro well-positioned to benefit from both the growing demand for naturally-derived, environmentally-friendly products and the increasing need to improve agricultural yields beyond the level currently achievable from traditional agricultural inputs. Over the next twenty years, the global population is expected to increase by over a billion people while the total cultivated acreage worldwide will continue to decrease. Valagro’s expertise in biologicals, key inputs in a more holistic farming approach known as Integrated Crop Management, supports yield improvements that will be critical to satisfy this growing demand for food, through sustainable and environmentally-friendly solutions.
“Valagro has developed a strong international footprint and a leading position in the natural and sustainable crop input markets,” said Leigh Abramson, a Partner of Metalmark Capital. "Working alongside Giuseppe and his colleagues aligns with our historical investment strategy of developing long-term, valued partnerships with founder-owned businesses and contributing to their continued success. Valagro has a bright future and we are excited to support the Company as it enters this new chapter.”
This marks the first institutional capital investment in Valagro’s business to date.