Paine & Partners portfolio company enters into irrigation merger

Athens, Greece-headquartered Eurodrip has agreed to merge with Rivulis Irrigation of Israel.

Eurodrip, a Paine & Partners portfolio company, has entered into an all-share merger agreement with Israel-based Rivulis Irrigation.

The merger, subject to regulatory approval, creates a company with 18 factories and employees in 30 countries operating under the Rivulis Irrigation name. Based in Gvat, Israel, the company will remain under the leadership of current Rivulis chief executive officer Richard Klapholz.

“This merger reflects our continued belief in the potential for improving agricultural productivity around the globe,” said Paine & Partners partner David Buckeridge, in a statement. “Both companies share the same commitment to leading the transformation and development of drip irrigation globally.”

Rivulis was established in 2014, when FIMI Opportunity Funds, an Israeli private equity firm with $3 billion in assets under management, acquired the irrigation assets of John Deere for an undisclosed sum.

In January 2013, P&P Water Holdings (Greece), a Paine & Partners Capital Fund III Fund affiliate, finalized the acquisition of a majority stake in Eurodrip.

Established in 1979, Eurodrip’s products include integrated drip lines, flat and round drippers, blank tube and other irrigation products. The company has a market presence in more than 70 countries and operates subsidiaries in Turkey, Greece, Egypt, Jordan, Peru, Mexico and the United States.

Paine & Partners president Kevin Schwartz told Agri Investor in 2014 that the firm was using Eurodrip as a platform for vertical integration through the acquisition of both upstream and downstream technology in the sector.