DDA & Company advises Graitec on the bolt-on acquisition of Arma Plus, fabrication management software developer for construction delivery

 

Paris, July  10th, 2018,

 

DDA & Company supports Graitec, an international BIM (Buiding Information Modelling), Fabrication and Design software developer for AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction), in the consolidation of its Intellectual Property.

Operating through 35 offices across 11 countries worldwide, and backed by private equity fund Isatis Capital since 2015, Graitec consolidates its IP with the bolt-on acquisition of Arma Plus, a French-based company that provides IT and Fabrication Software solutions for the construction, steel and concrete industries.

After ProCAD (Canada), Total CAD (United States), HPC (France), Robobat (Poland), Microcad (United Kingdom), Integer (United Kingdom), Civil Design (Canada), Arma Plus acquisition is the 8th external growth operation advised by DDA for Graitec.

This acquisition complements Graitec’s strategy to become the leader in BIM for structural design, detailing and fabrication, whilst empowering the company to improve their existing software portfolio, and the development of pioneering BIM solutions.

At a time when technical and financial considerations have never been so high on the agenda in the construction industry and where BIM opens new exciting areas, professionals are standardizing and industrializing more and more of their processes. As part of this move, design and fabrication worlds are converging. The acquisition of Arma Plus occurs in this context where Graitec, a global champion of Design & Detailing solutions for construction, now enables customers to continue the journey by including fabrication in the process.

Francis Guillemard, Graitec President, comments: “Graitec continues to invest in its fabrication software solution in order to propose a global design solution with our technologies in simulation & fabrication. With this acquisition, Graitec reinforces its global leading position in design, detailing and fabrication for the construction industry which employs over 7% of the global workforce in a 10 trillion-dollar industry, this places Graitec firmly in a position to help the industry leaders in this sector take advantage of this ever-growing marketplace”

Jean-Jacques Touya, Arma Plus CEO, adds: “By joining Arma Plus and Graitec, our customers will further streamline their design to manufacturing process, eliminate errors and reduce costs and time to market. Arma Plus’s experience with production machine technology will benefit digital models and ensure smart fabrication with 100% feasibility”.

Alexandre Odin, DDA & Company Founding Partner, comments: “We are proud and delighted to providing further support to Graitec with this new acquisition, which enables the company to strengthen both its IP portfolio and his leadership in the BIM industry”.

The DDA & Company team, composed by Alexandre Odin, Partner, and Clément Darcourt, Analyst, advised Graitec in this operation.

 

About DDA & Company: Founded in 1995, DDA & Company is an independent corporate finance firm, based in the United States and well-established in Europe. The firm advises both French and international counterparties in capitalistic operations (acquisitions, disposals, fundraising, evaluation). DDA & Company capabilities include the whole spectrum of financial engineering and strategic advisory.

DDA & Company, key figures:

  • More than 100 transactions advised in 10 years;
  • Specialized on small cap transactions ranging from €5m to €100m valuations;
  • Strong expertise on cross-borders operations (more than 70% of the deals advised);
  • Founding member of the Alliance of International Corporate Advisors, a network of 50 advisors providing services in 40 countries on 5 continents.

 

About Graitec: Founded in 1986, GRAITEC is an international group helping construction and manufacturing professionals achieving successfully their digital transformation by providing BIM and Industry 4.0 software and consultancy. Graitec is a developer of high performance BIM applications as well as an Autodesk Platinum Partner in Europe and Gold Autodesk Partner in North America and Russia.

Operating through 35 offices across 11 countries worldwide, GRAITEC offers its clients an extensive range of established software solutions combined with the full portfolio of Autodesk products which help address the most demanding project needs and maximizing productivity, efficiency and performance. GRAITEC is an innovation focused company whose products are used by more than 60,000 construction professionals worldwide.

About Arma Plus: Founded in 1984, Arma Plus group of companies is specialized in development and implementation of integrated M.E.S. solutions for concrete construction and steel industry. With a staff of forty employees its head office in Saint Herblain, four in Barcelona and two in Colombia, and has a turnover of 5 million euros across forty countries. Its ability to adapt to all types of customers, whatever their size or culture, enables Arma Plus to support industrial development of many construction manufacturers and jobsites. Arma Plus, world’s leader in IT solution for concrete steel reinforcing, has been deploying its teams, solutions and know-how for over three decades and continues its quest for innovation and progress.