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Apax Global Alpha Limited

25 March 2021

Apax Global Alpha Limited

Funds advised by Apax to acquire Rodenstock Group

On 24 March 2021, the Apax X Fund ("Apax X"), in which AGA is a limited partner, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake in Rodenstock Group ("Rodenstock"), a leading manufacturer of premium ophthalmic lenses. The transaction is expected to close by Q3 2021, subject to applicable regulatory requirements.

On a look through basis, AGA is expected to invest approximately EUR21.3m in the company. Note that these figures relate to AGA's look through position of Apax X's overall investment in Rodenstock and are stated before taking into account any closing adjustments and translated based on the latest exchange rates available where applicable(1.)

Founded in 1877, Rodenstock has been a global leader in prescription lenses for over 140 years, with a strong track record of innovative product development and market leading technologies. Headquartered in Munich, Germany, Rodenstock employs around 4,900 people worldwide and is represented by sales subsidiaries and distribution partners in more than 85 countries. Rodenstock has a strong and growing pipeline of innovation; its patented DNEye Pro technology stands at the core of its business strategy and made Rodenstock the first company to measure the individual shape and size of each eye and use thousands of data points to produce individualised eyeglass lenses, called Biometric Intelligent Glasses (B.I.G. VISION(TM)). The company's portfolio also includes eyewear under the Rodenstock and Porsche Design brands.

Apax X will support the Rodenstock management team's vision of accelerating the company's growth through innovation, commercial execution and digitalisation, whilst continuing to deliver the highest level of service to clients and partners. The Apax Healthcare team have a deep understanding of innovative MedTech through prior investments in the space, including companies such as Candela, a pioneering non-surgical aesthetic device company, and Acelity, the global leader in wound-care products.

AGA, whose shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange, provides investors with access to a diversified portfolio of private equity funds advised by Apax Partners as well as a focused portfolio of debt and equity investments ("Derived Investments"). In July 2019, AGA made a commitment of c.$450m(2) to Apax X.

For more information about the transaction, please visit: https://www.apax.com/news/press-releases/

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Contact details

Investor Relations - AGA

Katarina Sallerfors

T: +44 207 872 6526

   E:   Katarina.Sallerfors@apax.com 

Footnotes

 
 1    Based on Bloomberg closing rate of EUR/USD FX rate on 23 
  .    March 2021 of 1.1849 
 2.   AGA's commitment in Apax X of c$450m represents a commitment 
       of $225m in the USD tranche and EUR199.8m in the euro tranche 
 

Notes

 
 1.   Note that references in this announcement to Apax Global Alpha 
       Limited have been abbreviated to "AGA" or "the Company". References 
       to Apax Partners LLP have been abbreviated to "Apax Partners" 
       or "the Investment Adviser" 
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       (EU) NO. 596/2014 ("MAR") 
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 4.   The information presented herein is not an offer for sale within 
       the United States of any equity shares or other securities 
       of Apax Global Alpha Limited ("AGA"). AGA has not been and 
       will not be registered under the US Investment Company Act 
       of 1940, as amended (the "Investment Company Act"). In addition, 
       AGA's shares (the "Shares") have not been and will not be registered 
       under the Securities Act or any other applicable law of the 
       United States. Consequently, the Shares may not be offered 
       or sold or otherwise transferred within the United States, 
       or to, or for the account or benefit of, US Persons, except 
       pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements 
       of the Securities Act and under circumstances which will not 
       require AGA to register under the Investment Company Act. No 
       public offering of the Shares is being made in the United States 
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       other things, AGA's results of operations, financial condition, 
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       regarding AGA's present and future business strategies and 
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       to continue to obtain financing to meet its liquidity needs, 
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       or guarantee of future results, and no representation or warranty, 
       express or implied, is made regarding future performance. AGA 
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       or to update or to keep current any other information contained 
       in this announcement. Accordingly, undue reliance should not 
       be placed on the forward-looking statements, which speak only 
       as of the date of this announcement. 
 

About Apax Global Alpha Limited

AGA is a Guernsey registered closed-ended collective investment scheme incorporated as a non-cellular company that listed on the London Stock Exchange on 15 June 2015. It is regulated by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission.

AGA's objective is to provide shareholders with capital appreciation from its investment portfolio and regular dividends. The Company is targeting an annualised Total Return, across economic cycles, of 12-15% (net of fees and expenses) including a dividend yield of 5% of Net Asset Value.

The investment policy of the Company is to make Private Equity investments in Apax Funds, and Derived Investments which are investments in equities and debt derived from the insights gained via Apax Partners' Private Equity activities.

Further information regarding the Company and its publications are available on the Company's website at www.apaxglobalalpha.com.

About Apax Partners LLP

Apax Partners LLP ("Apax") is a leading global private equity advisory firm. For nearly 50 years, Apax has worked to inspire growth and ideas that transform businesses. The firm has raised and advised funds with aggregate commitments of more than $60 billion. The Apax Funds invest in companies across four global sectors of Tech, Services, Healthcare and Internet/Consumer. These funds provide long-term equity financing to build and strengthen world-class companies. For further information about Apax, please visit www.apax.com .

Apax Partners is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK.

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