Strategical acquisition of Ubeeqo
Saint-Quentin en Yvelines, 16 January 2015
Europcar completes its first strategic acquisition with Ubeeqo, the specialist in shared mobility solutions for businesses
Europcar, one of the leading mobility players and European car hire leader, has announced its acquisition of a majority stake, alongside the founders, in Ubeeqo, a French start-up specialising in car-sharing and pioneer and leader of the business market. The operation is part of Europcar’s strategy to extend its mobility offering in response to its customers’ challenges, with simple, turnkey solutions.
In addition, Europcar subscribes to a capital increase amounting to 4 million euros aimed at supporting Ubeeqo’s development with the ambition of making it the European leader in new mobility technologies.
As early as 2008, Ubeeqo started thinking ahead of the profound changes the business fleet market would soon be experiencing under the effects of skyrocketing new technologies. Thanks to a proprietary technology, Ubeeqo targets the expanding business mobility market by offering a range of innovative and complementary solutions:
- “Bettercar Sharing”: a tailored private car-sharing solution that promotes business fleet pooling.
- “Bettercar Connected”, the groundbreaking fleet management solution using onboard telematics, lets clients analyse vehicle fleet usage (and not just costs) and generate significant new savings.
- “Mobilities Benefits”, the multimodal alternative to the company car, allowis employees to abandon their large company cars and to benefit from, in addition to a smaller car or access to a fleet of shared cars, a mobility allowance to fund their personal travel needs (train, taxi, car hire, etc).
Ubeeqo filed a turnover of 2.6 million euros in 2013 (+ 40%), and is part of the top 30 high-growth technology companies, according to Deloitte’s latest Technology Fast50 ranking.
Ubeeqo solutions will be offered to Europcar’s BtoB clients (a segment representing 46% of the group’s sales) thereby providing the start-up with significant development potential. The company, already present in France and Belgium, is currently setting up in Germany and is also planning to deploy in the United Kingdom thanks to support from Europcar.
Europcar’s mobility offering includes a smartphone app and a joint venture with Daimler involving a groundbreaking car-sharing concept, Car2Go, one of the first collaborative mobility solutions launched in 2012.
Europcar C.E.O. Philippe Germond, states: “With Ubeeqo, Europcar continues to develop its offering, its skills and its portfolio of technological innovations in mobility. We are immensely attracted by the ingenuity and audacity of the solutions Ubeeqo comes up with. Together, we are going to simplify our customers’ lives by providing them with a new concept that adapts seamlessly to their usage patterns and mobility challenges.”
Benoît Chatelier and Alexandre Crosby, Ubeeqo founding partners, add: “Ubeeqo is poised at the crossroads of major trends: the world we are offering our customers is collaborative, connected and environment-friendly. We are delighted that this vision matches Europcar’s. Joining this group is going to empower us to steeply accelerate our growth, and above all, make the mobility revolution we are promising to our clients even more real. Our objective remains unchanged: delivering a true alternative to the private car and supporting our clients through the necessary transition from ownership to usage.”
The company’s portfolio already includes Airbus, L’Oréal, Danone, Veolia, and Safran, to which it delivers significant savings, a gentler impact on the environment and enhanced employee satisfaction.
Ubeeqo’s personnel, based in Boulogne-Billancourt, will remain under the supervision of the founders, who will steer the company’s development with the support of Europcar.