Czechoslovak Group (CSG) announces the acquisition of a 70% stake in Fiocchi Munizioni, a global leader in premium and super premium small caliber ammunition. CSG Group will partner with the current shareholders, the Fiocchi family and Charme Capital Partners, that will retain a minority stake, to pursue the continued growth path envisaged for Fiocchi Munizioni over the next years.
Founded in 1876 in Lecco (Italy), Fiocchi Munizioni designs, manufactures and sells premium and super-premium small caliber ammunition for shooting sports (brand of choice for top athletes, Olympic games winners, with 33 medals), hunting (for enthusiast hunters and most demanding opinion leaders) and law enforcement, under the iconic Fiocchi, Baschieri & Pellagri and Lyalvale global brands. Fiocchi Munizioni is one of the very few global players with three fully vertically integrated industrial and commercial platforms in Italy, in the US (where Fiocchi has been directly present for more than 40 years) and in the UK. Fiocchi has a wide range of proprietary product and process technologies in critical areas, including rare primer production capabilities, developed through a continuous in-house proprietary innovation activity. Fiocchi Munizioni is expected to record consolidated revenues exceeding Euro 380 million in 2022 and employs more than 1.300 people worldwide.
CSG, based in Prague (Czech Republic) is a diversified industrial group active in 5 strategic business segments, aerospace, defense, automotive, railways and business projects, where it operates at a global level. CSG Group is 100% controlled and led by Michal Strnad who has been able to transform it into the most relevant Czech Republic industrial group with a strong international footprint. CSG employs more than 8.000 people worldwide and it owns and manages a diverse portfolio of industrial and trade companies across the civil and defense sectors. Over the years, CSG has entered various strategic partnerships with top-tier European and US multinational companies including General Dynamics, Siemens, Stadler, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Airbus, NexterSystems and Rheinmetall.
The transaction envisages the acquisition of a 70% stake in Fiocchi Munizioni by CSG in partnership with the Fiocchi family and Charme Capital Partners, that will maintain the remaining 30% stake thus granting continuity with the Company’s 146 year-long history and with the recent development achieved since the acquisition by Charme Capital Partners at the end of 2017. CSG is strongly committed to grow Fiocchi Munizioni over the next years, with a further international development supported by new investments in all the current factories that will also drive new hirings.
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Michal Strnad, Chairman of CSG, commented on the transaction: "This transaction marks a major milestone for the entire CSG, being the investment in Fiocchi the largest financial investment in the history of our group. Today we become the majority shareholder and the partner of a global leader in the field of small-caliber ammunition, with a solid presence in the NATO countries. Fiocchi Munizioni, like the CSG, has been built by
several generations of the Fiocchi family. We consider the Fiocchi family's commitment to the management and development of the company to be a strong asset and we want to develop the company in close partnership. We also deeply appreciate and respect what Charme Capital Partners has been able to achieve over the last five years and we will treasure its precious legacy also going forward thanks to its reinvestment as a minority shareholder".
Petr Formánek, Member of the Board of Directors of CSG Group and Head of M&A, said: "Joining forces with Fiocchi is the result of CSG Group's long-term strategy. We are interested in acquiring globally operating companies that are oriented towards Western Europe and US, have a strong product and market position and operate within one of our group's core industries".
"This acquisition is the basis of a new division of the CSG that will be focused on small-caliber ammunition and that we have called CSG Ammo+" added David Štěpán, Member of the Board of Directors of CSG Group and Investment Director for CSG International Projects.
Stefano Fiocchi, Fiocchi Munizioni Chairman and representative of the Fiocchi family, added: "Our family has supported Fiocchi Munizioni since 1876, when it was founded by my ancestor Giulio Fiocchi. A few years ago, we decided to open our family business with a new partnership with Charme Capital Partners to foster Fiocchi Munizioni’s growth, implement a modern managerial approach and eventually strengthen our world leadership position. We are grateful to Charme Capital Partners for the success that we have built together. Today we welcome a new strategic partner that will be able to guide Fiocchi Munizioni to new achievements. I believe that my family and Michal Strnad share a similar entrepreneurial culture and a true desire to grow the business of Fiocchi Munizioni and CSG Group. We are looking forward to the future together with the CSG Group".
Maurizio Negro, Fiocchi Munizioni CEO, commented: “The partnership established between Charme Capital Partners and the Fiocchi family has been instrumental in achieving an outstanding growth and international expansion over the last five years. This was also made possible thanks to all the people that work for Fiocchi Munizioni and share a true passion for what we do every day. We are now pleased to become part of the CSG Group, with whom we share a deep industrial and international culture. I am sure that this new chapter in the Fiocchi Munizioni’s history will be marked by a continued solid growth and by a further strengthening of our worldwide leadership position”.
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Fiocchi is among the global leaders in the production and commercialization of small caliber ammunition. The company designs, manufactures and sells premium and super-premium ammunition for shooting sports (brand of choice for top athletes, Olympic games winners, with 33 medals) and hunting (for enthusiast hunters and most demanding opinion leaders), under the iconic Fiocchi, Baschieri & Pellagri and Lyalvale global brands.
Fiocchi was founded in 1876 by Mr. Giulio Fiocchi in Lecco (Italy) and has a strong 146 year-long heritage.
Fiocchi Munizioni is one of the very few global players with three fully vertically integrated industrial and commercial platforms in Italy, in the US (where Fiocchi has been directly present for more than 40 years) and in the UK. Fiocchi has a wide range of proprietary product and process technologies in critical areas, including rare primer production capabilities, developed through a continuous in-house proprietary innovation activity.
Fiocchi’s strategy is based on two pillars: Go Premium and Go Green. The Company is further strengthening its leadership by continuously expanding the current range of premium and super-premium products and further
positioning the brand in the high-end segment while enhancing brand awareness. A particular focus will be placed on environmentally sustainable products, where Fiocchi has a worldwide leadership with unique green proprietary technology (e.g. lead-free primers).
Fiocchi currently employs over 1,300 people. Since 2018, the Group has increased its workforce by 75% despite the global pandemic, and is planning to continue its hiring plan in the coming years as well. The Group is also highly committed to diversity and inclusion female participation today stands above 40% of the total workforce.