13
Feb’ 2020

CAPZA arranges unitranche financing for Datawords

CAPZA arranges unitranche financing for Datawords as part of its capital change to support the acceleration of its international development.

With nearly 20 years of existence, Datawords is today a fully integrated global group, offering its customers the ability to roll out digital and video content on an international scale, with the support of multilingual technologies.

 

The Group has been expanding rapidly for several years, as illustrated, since 2015, by sustained organic growth linked to the successful deployment strategy in North America (with the gain of numerous clients in the United States and the opening of new offices in Montreal and Mexico City) and the strengthening of the Group’s activity in Asia, particularly in continental China (with new office openings in Shanghai and Manila, following those in Hong Kong, Seoul, and Tokyo). In less than five years, its turnover rose from €30 to €70 million (at the end of 2019) and the number of employees doubled to reach 800 people.

 

Datawords has also carried out several external growth operations over the past two years, with the acquisitions of Vanksen, 87 Seconds and WhatSquare, thus accelerating the diversification of its service offering.

 

The Group’s technological expertise was also strengthened through major investments in the development of proprietary solutions (Wezen) and the launch of several strategic partnerships (notably with Adobe, Assist or ContentSquare).

Datawords is a good example of CAPZA's ability to support companies in different phases of their development and to create long-term relationships.
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Guillaume de Jongh, Private Debt Partner at CAPZA

The unitranche financing, including a dedicated line for future operations, is designed to provide the Group with greater flexibility while enabling it to pursue and accelerate its technological innovation strategy, especially in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Furthermore, Datawords will continue to enrich its offering in digital content creation and production and to expand its international presence.

 

Guillaume de Jongh, Private Debt Partner at CAPZA, explains: “We are delighted to once again support Datawords in its expansion ambitions. It is a company that we accompanied for the first time in 2011 as a majority shareholder and which has since become a truly international platform. It is a good example of CAPZA’s ability to support companies in different phases of their development and to create long-term relationships.

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