Strategic Investment Fund (FSI)
Announced by the public authorities in November 2008, the FSI was created on 19th December 2008. A limited company in which Caisse des Dépôts has a 51% share, with the State holding 49%, FSI contributes through equity capital to French businesses whose projects create value and competitiveness for the economy. FSI acts as a minority shareholder, through involvement on its own or as a joint investor.
The FSI's objective is to support:
- The development of growing small and medium-sized enterprises to which it contributes through equity capital financing via the France Investissement programme (businesses worth less than 100 million Euros);
- medium-sized enterprises (worth between 100 million and 2 billion Euros) which have the potential to create value, in particular because they master innovative technology or can build up to leading positions, meaning that they play a role as catalysts for development and innovation;
- medium-sized enterprises operating within changing sectors, which, given their sound base (in particular on a technical, human resources or product-orientated level) could emerge as reference points for their sector; through its equity capital contributions, the FSI plays a role in accelerating industrial redeployment;
- Large or medium-sized enterprises which play an important role in their sector and whose capital stabilization allows for the completion of industrial projects which create value and thus richness in terms of skills, technology and jobs.