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Originally known as Sanofi Santé Nutritional Animale, a subsidiary of Sanofi-Aventis, the management conducted the first of three leveraged buy-outs in 1999 and launched Ceva Santé Animale. In the latest LMBO (Leverage Management Buy-out) completed in 2007, Ceva's management and employees acquired the majority shareholding in the company with the backing of our financial partners, Euromezzanine, Natixis and Sagard in 2010.
A results culture:
During our first 10 years, the company’s growth rate averaged 8.4%, which is well above the industry average. This was achieved by combining internal product-driven growth, together with acquisition - since 2000, Ceva has acquired 19 companies.
The ability to integrate new businesses and products successfully into a wider strategic vision has been critical to our success. Our results-driven culture has allowed many entrepreneurs, who joined from outside, the freedom to continue to manage in their own style while linked to a common purpose.