APRIL enters into exclusive negotiations to acquire 
a 54% equity stake in La Centrale de Financement

APRIL today announces that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with the shareholders of La Centrale de Financement to acquire 54% of its share capital.

La Centrale de Financement was founded in 2013 by Sylvain Lefevre and Philippe Girou with support from Artémis, an investment company held by the Pinault family. Through this change in business partners, the management team behind La Centrale de Financement wishes to increase its equity stake from 38% to 44% while opening up 2% of its share capital to its network. Following this transaction, APRIL shall own 54% of the capital.

This industry partnership with APRIL will enable the companies to create strong synergies within the mortgage market and its ecosystem.

Completion of this transaction is subject to prior consultation with employee representative bodies from La Centrale de Financement and the standard statutory, regulatory, legal and financial approvals. Subject to these reservations, it is expected to be completed by the end of September 2018.


In 2018, APRIL-the international insurance services group and leading wholesale broker in France-will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. And at 30 years young, APRIL still has many more years to offer to simplify the lives of its customers and partners-be they individuals, professionals and businesses-in the 31 countries where the group operates. On their behalf, APRIL's 3,800 employees design, manage and distribute specialist insurance solutions (health and personal protection, mortgage, property and casualty, mobility and legal protection) as well as insurance services, capitalising on its experience to make insurance easier and more accessible to as many customers as possible. Listed on Euronext Paris (Compartment B), the group recorded revenue of 928.4 million euros in 2017. 

Full regulated information is available on our website at www.april.com (Investors section).

About La Centrale de Financement
La Centrale de Financement was created by Sylvain Lefevre and Philippe Girou, two renowned experts combining almost 40 years of experience in mortgage brokerage. La Centrale de Financement has grown 45% per year since its creation in 2013. In 2017, la Centrale de Financement's network negotiated €3.6 billion in mortgages thanks to its 162 agencies and 660 staff members based in France. Its main ambition is to offer a complete range of mortgage and loan insurance solutions to the largest number of clients, with the most favourable terms as well as tailored long-term support to its customers.


Insign for APRIL
Samantha Druon : +33 (0)7 64 01 74 35 - samantha.druon@insign.fr
Mélanie Farge : + 33 (0)7 63 13 42 10 - melanie.farge@insign.fr

A+ CONSEILS for La Centrale de Financement
Christelle Alamichel : +33 (0)6 31 09 03 83 - christelle@aplusconseils.com
Marion Lebel : +33 (06) 76 02 57 47 - marionl.aplusconseils@gmail.com 


Guillaume Cerezo : +33 (0)4 72 36 49 31 / +33 (0)6 20 26 06 24 - guillaume.cerezo@april.com