Valagro S.p.A Announces Investment from Metalmark Capital

Metalmark to Support Valagro’s Continued Growth as Leading Global
Provider of Biostimulants and Tailored Solutions for Growers

ATESSA, Italy–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Valagro S.p.A (“Valagro” or the “Company”), a global leader in the
production and commercialization of biostimulants and specialty
nutrients, today announced that it has received a growth equity
investment from Metalmark Capital (“Metalmark”), a New York-based
private equity firm with expertise in the agribusiness sector. Valagro
will use the proceeds to fund organic growth initiatives in strategic
markets, such as the biologicals, and to expand its offerings of
tailored solutions to farmers and growers. Through this investment,
Metalmark has become a minority equity investor in Valagro. Financial
terms of the Metalmark investment were not disclosed.

“We are excited to partner with Metalmark as we continue to build upon
our more than 30 years of success producing and marketing biostimulants
and specialty agricultural inputs,” said Giuseppe Natale, Co-Founder and
Chief Executive Officer of Valagro. “With Metalmark’s support, we will
continue to capitalize on future growth opportunities while maintaining
our commitment to innovation and delivering top products and services to
our loyal customers. We view Metalmark as a long-term partner and look
forward to leveraging their financial and sector expertise and
capabilities as we enter this next phase of growth and continue to
expand our global footprint.”

Founded in 1980 in Italy, Valagro is a leading provider of biostimulants
and specialty nutrients to the global agricultural market and currently
offers more than 20 branded product lines, with a robust pipeline of new
products in development. The plant biostimulant category represents one
of the fastest growing sub-segments in the agricultural products sector,
making Valagro well-positioned to benefit from both the growing demand
for naturally-derived, environmentally-friendly products and the
increasing need to improve agricultural yields beyond the level
currently achievable from traditional agricultural inputs. Over the next
twenty years, the global population is expected to increase by over a
billion people while the total cultivated acreage worldwide will
continue to decrease. Valagro’s expertise in biologicals, key inputs in
a more holistic farming approach known as Integrated Crop Management,
supports yield improvements that will be critical to satisfy this
growing demand for food, through sustainable and
environmentally-friendly solutions.

“Valagro has developed a strong international footprint and a leading
position in the natural and sustainable crop input markets,” said Leigh
Abramson, a Partner of Metalmark Capital. “Working alongside Giuseppe
and his colleagues aligns with our historical investment strategy of
developing long-term, valued partnerships with founder-owned businesses
and contributing to their continued success. Valagro has a bright future
and we are excited to support the Company as it enters this new chapter.”

This marks the first institutional capital investment in Valagro’s
business to date.

Michael Bosco acted as legal advisor to Valagro. Davis Polk & Wardwell
LLP and Chiomenti Studio Legale acted as legal advisors to Metalmark.
Jefferies acted as financial advisor to Metalmark.

About Valagro S.p.A

Valagro is a global leader in the production and commercialization of
biostimulants and specialty nutrients for use in agricultural
production, lawns, gardening and various industrial applications.
Valagro also produces special ingredients for animal feed, human food
and cosmetics. The Company was founded in 1980 in Abruzzo, Italy, and
currently has 13 subsidiaries located throughout the world with over 600
employees. In addition to its production site and R&D center in Atessa,
Italy, the company has two other active production facilities in Norway
and three others in India. Valagro most recently acquired the Indian
company SriBio in 2015, which is recognized for its contribution to the
development of environmentally-friendly and sustainable biological
solutions in agriculture. Valagro’s distribution network currently
reaches over 80 countries. For more information, please visit

About Metalmark Capital

Metalmark Capital is a leading private equity firm that seeks to build
long-term value through active and collaborative partnerships with
business owners, founders and executives. The Firm focuses its
investment activity in agribusiness, natural resources, growth
industrials and healthcare. Metalmark Capital manages funds with $3.7
billion in aggregate capital commitments. For more information, please


For Valagro S.p.A:
Marco Rosso, +39 334.6737943
Metalmark Capital:
Abernathy MacGregor
Chuck Dohrenwend or
Emily Ward, 212-371-5999