FSI and Nice have finalized the strategic partnership agreement that was announced on August 30. The deal includes an investment by FSI of 100 million euros through a reserved capital increase and the joining of two representatives in Nice’s Board of Directors: Carlo Bozotti, former CEO of STMicroelectronics — who will be vice chairman of BoD — and Carlo Moser, FSI’s investment director.
The partnership will support Nice’s growth plan, which has completed seven strategic acquisitions in Europe and North America since 2018, with a total value of approximately EUR 400 million.
The most recent one, Nortek Security & Control, now Nice North America, took place in 2021. In 2022, the group revenues, pro-forma for the acquisition, were EUR 773 million, up 40.7 percent compared to the previous year.
A new facility in Limeira, Brazil, was also inaugurated on June 12, 2023, result of an investment of more than EUR 20 million. A state-of-the-art building was constructed on an area of over 20,000 square meters, including a smart factory inspired by the principles of Industry 4.0 and an export hub perfectly integrated into Nice’s ecosystem, which will play a key role in the company’s development strategy in Latin America and globally.
“The partnership with FSI is a significant step in our development path and allows us to have additional resources available to continue investing in projects that are strategic to our mission: making a positive impact on people’s quality of life through innovation that goes hand in hand with research, sustainability, and continuous improvement,” says Lauro Buoro, founder and chairman of Nice.
“The partnership with Nice is the first investment of the new fund FSI II, through which FSI confirms its role of growth investor that supports Italian entrepreneurs,” says Maurizio Tamagnini, Founder and CEO of FSI. “Lauro represents the Italian entrepreneurship that has been able to create a global leader, with strong R&D in Italy. Our track record in the technology industry, in which we invested a billion Euro in recent years, makes FSI the right partner to support the next phase of Nice growth.”
Nice is advised by Lazard and Legance Avvocati Associati and supported by Kearney. FSI is advised by BNL BNP Paribas, Unicredit, Ernst & Young, Oliver Wyman, and Bonelli Erede.