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May 2024
UK & Ireland, > £500m

Liberty advises the management team of Audiotonix on their acquisition by PAI Partners

Liberty Corporate Finance is delighted to announce they have advised the management team of Audiotonix, a global leader in the professional audio mixing console and ancillary products market, on the investment by PAI Partners (“PAI”), a pre-eminent private equity firm, alongside the management team and the current investor Ardian, who will retain a minority holding in the group.

We have worked with the Liberty team on the last three transactions and having their current market guidance helps us deliver the right result for our management team.

James Gordon
CEO of Audiotonix

Headquartered in the UK, Audiotonix specialises in designing, engineering and manufacturing products that enable outstanding sound quality for a variety of formats, from blockbuster live tours and concerts, theatre shows and major international live events to TV, film, music recording, sporting occasions and places of worship. Audiotonix’s products have been used on global tours by artists such as Coldplay and U2, at major sporting events including the Super Bowl and FIFA World Cup, and in iconic venues like the Las Vegas Sphere.

Audiotonix is well positioned within the audio mixing console market and other attractive audio segments with its leading portfolio of prestigious brands, including Allen & Heath, DiGiCo, Calrec, Solid State Logic, Sound Devices, Slate Digital, and sonible, which cater to high-specification professional end-users and sound engineers globally.

Headed by an industry-leading management team with an outstanding track record, Audiotonix distributes its products through an international network of more than 400 value-added distributors and partners in more than 90 countries worldwide, with a sizable footprint in North America.

Audiotonix was acquired by Ardian in March 2020. Despite pandemic restrictions, under Ardian’s ownership, the group has continued to expand organically. During this time, the group has secured five strategic acquisitions to further diversify and strengthen its portfolio, developed new market-leading products, increased its focus on software and reinforced its management team. Audiotonix today possesses the most extensive product portfolio in the market.

PAI’s investment will support Audiotonix to leverage sustained and accelerating secular trends towards the experience economy. It will also continue to support further strengthening of the group’s R&D capabilities, foster brand synergies, drive organic growth and pursue strategic M&A opportunities across the audio ecosystem.

We have advised the team at Audiotonix on several transactions and each time it is a pleasure to see the amazing results they have delivered and to be a small part of their incredible success story. I can only wish them continued success in their new partnership with PAI and Ardian and have no doubt they will keep pushing boundaries as they move forward together.

Simon Hill
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