CDC Entreprises, a management company approved by the AMF, and a Caisse des Dépôts subsidiary, is in charge of the group's capital investment activities. It's mission is to develop the different sectors of this market in France. The objective: to promote equity capital financing of growing French SMEs in the technological sector or in traditional industry which create value and jobs.
CDC Entreprises invests in capital investment vehicles which, in turn, invest directly in SMEs. This involvement goes from technological support to small transmissions, on a national and regional level.
It acts as an advised investor, taking time and assuming riskier positions than those taken by private entities. It invests in market conditions, looking for levels of efficiency, liquidity and profitability allowing it to draw in private investors.
CDC Entreprises is pivotal to the public general interest mechanism France Investissement, founded on a partnership between Caisse des Dépôts and private institutional investors. To this end, it contributes annually to the France Investissement Guarantee Fund managed by Oseo Garantie.
CDC Entreprises will invest more than € 2 billion from 2006 to 2012 (an average of € 360 M per year) to reinforce the equity capital of growing French SMEs. In 2009, it financed more than 300 new SMEs.