Audio Mixing Specialist Audiotonix Sells to PAI Companions, Targets Continued Expansions and Acquisitions

Audio Mixing Specialist Audiotonix Sells to PAI Companions, Targets Continued Expansions and Acquisitions


Audiotonix has bought to PAI Companions. Photograph Credit score: Natalie Parham

French funding home Ardian has formally unveiled a deal to promote a majority curiosity in U.Ok.-based audio mixing firm Audiotonix.

Ardian representatives reached out right now with phrase of the sale settlement, which the funding home and Paris-headquartered non-public fairness agency PAI Companions only in the near past finalized. For reference, Audiotonix has north of 750 staff and describes itself particularly as “a worldwide market chief within the design, engineering and manufacture {of professional} audio mixing consoles and ancillary merchandise.”

Behind that billing, the enterprise’s manufacturers embody however aren’t restricted to Allen & Heath, Calrec, and DiGiCo. And within the curiosity of brevity, Ardian formally bought a majority stake in Audiotonix from Astorg in December of 2019, leaving the latter entity aboard as a minority proprietor.

In the course of the previous 4 years and alter, Ardian-owned Audiotonix has closed 5 acquisition offers “to additional diversify and strengthen its portfolio,” per the concerned events, in addition to leaning into product and software program improvement.

Transferring past these pertinent background particulars, Ardian itself is now anticipated to carry a minority stake in Audiotonix as a part of the pact with PAI Companions.  

Waiting for its future as a division of PAI, Audiotonix, which says its merchandise have been used on excursions from Coldplay and U2, is poised to pursue strategic acquisitions and nil in on “secular developments in the direction of the expertise economic system.”

Constructing on these factors in an announcement, Audiotonix CEO (and former longtime DiGiCo exec) James Gordon emphasised PAI’s perceived skill to assist take his firm “to the following degree.”

“I wish to thank Ardian for the arrogance and strong help of Audiotonix, the administration group and our employees,” Gordon stated partly. “The group invested alongside us simply because the Covid lockdown started, and from our first assembly had been aligned with us, ensuring Audiotonix emerged in a stronger place than earlier than. … With PAI, it’s clear it is a group and accomplice we are able to take Audiotonix to the following degree with, whereas preserving the fervour and vitality which have made the group the success it has turn out to be in our business.”

And in joint remarks of their very own, PAI companions Colm O’Sullivan and Neil McIlroy communicated partly: “Audiotonix is properly positioned to profit from optimistic structural tailwinds within the expertise economic system and numerous skilled audio environments – whether or not in stay leisure, put in skilled audio, music or sports activities. We look ahead to working with the group because the group continues to ship market-leading, skilled merchandise, defining audio experiences worldwide.”

Price mentioning in conclusion is that Samsung subsidiary Harman’s skilled options unit in December of 2023 formally closed its acquisition of FLUX Software program Engineering.

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