Advised Aldebaran, a manufacturer of programmable humanoid robots, on its sale to SoftBank
Jan 2012
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  • Sector: Systems & Deep Tech; Industrial Tech
  • Deal Type: Private Equity Deals; Venture Capital Exits
  • Engagement type: Sellside
  • Size: <$200m
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Arma Partners is pleased to announce that it acted as exclusive financial adviser to CDC Innovation, Crédit Agricole Private Equity and I-Source on the sale of Aldebaran Robotics S.A. (“Aldebaran”) to SoftBank. SoftBank is a Japan-based company that provides digital information services. Aldebaran is a leading manufacturer of programmable humanoid robots.

This transaction further illustrates Arma Partners’ leadership in advising companies in the technology sector, across multiple geographies, leveraging Arma’s deep domain expertise, understanding of the buyer universe and first class execution skills.

– Aldebaran Robotics S.A. is the world’s only manufacturer of programmable humanoid robots designed for consumer applications

– The company provides the robotics industry with the platform, software, and tools to explore and develop the applications of tomorrow

– The company was founded in 2005 and is based in Paris, France with an additional offices in US and China

– SoftBank operates in various fields such as broadband infrastructure, e-commerce, Internet services, fixed-line telecommunications, mobile phone and web business, financial services and many more

– With a market capitalization of around $40 billion, SoftBank is one of the biggest companies in Asia

– The company was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan

– Although not the first to develop humanoid robots, Aldebaran is one of the first companies to be able to produce them at lower prices

– Softbank’s investment will support Aldebaran’s development of their specialized product offerings and facilitate the Company’s expansion into new geographical regions and market segments

– Although Softbank has not previously been involved in robotics, Masayoshi Son, the company’s chief executive, is interested in addressing a number of societal problems, for example backing the development of green energy in Japan. Securing care for an ageing population is in line with this

– Arma Partners provided comprehensive advisory services to the VC investors of Aldebaran, including financial analysis, strategic positioning, valuation, marketing materials preparation, due diligence and transaction negotiation

– Arma Partners staged a structured negotiation and has managed to double the proceeds to Aldebaran’s VC investors