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M&A Leisure deal flow

09 August 2022


Welcome to our review of the latest deals and M&A activity in the leisure market. Our expert Leisure M&A team examine the latest developments and news across all areas of leisure including restaurants & bars, hospitality, sports and travel.

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  • Hero Brands, which is behind German Doner Kebab, Choppaluna and Island Poké, has invested in US comfort food and cocktails brand Dirty Bones to drive its UK growth. (Propel)
  • RedCat Pub Company has added both the Forest Park Country Hotel and Inn in the New Forest in Hampshire, and Jamaica Inn in Cornwall to its The Coaching Inn Group division with a guide price of £8m. (Savills & The Morning Advertiser)
  • Dufry, the Switzerland-based duty-free retailer group, is set to acquire Autogrill SpA, the Italy-based motorway restaurant operator, from Edizione SpA, a family office based in Italy, for €1.93bn. (Dufry)
  • The Restaurant Group acquired Barburrito, the Mexican-themed fast food restaurant operator, for £7m – 4.4x company EBITDA. (City A.M.)
  • Royal Unibrew, a Danish producer of beer, malt, and soft drinks, is to acquire Toronto-based craft brewery firm Amsterdam Brewery Co. for CAD 44m. (Reuters)
  • The McWin Restaurant Fund, which has backed brands including bakery brand Gail’s and pasta chain Vapiano, has raised €500m to invest in restaurant brands. Abu Dhabi Investment Authority led the investment round. (Bloomberg)
  • Caskade Group, which is a franchisee of KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell, has acquired the Hotel Indigo in Birmingham off a guide price of £12.5m. (Propel)
  • City Football Group, the operator and manager of professional male and female football clubs, has acquired 80% of US Citta di Palermo SpA, the Italy-based professional football club, for approximately €13m. (GOAL)
  • Dazn Group, the sports streaming platform, is to acquire Eleven Sports Network, the local provider of media broadcasting services from Aser Media, the local global investment company. (Financial Times)
  • Viaplay Group, the Sweden-based provider of broadcast TV and video streaming services, is to acquire Premier Sports Ltd, the Ireland-based sports broadcaster, for £30m. (Insider)
  • Corporate Travel Management, the business travel management services provider, has completed the takeover of Australian 1000 Mile Travel Group, a network of independent travel experts specialising in SME business travel services across Australia and the UK. (Travel Weekly)
  • Voyageurs du Monde SA, the France-based tour operator specialising in customised holidays, has acquired 65% of Extraordinary Journeys Inc, the United States-based provider of custom luxury African safaris. (Voyageurs du Monde)
  • French luxury hotels operator Lodge & Spa Mountain has been acquired by its domestic competitor DeSavoie for €140m. (Les Echos Capital Finance)
  • Hotel group Sandman has acquired the 128-bedroom Quays Hotel and adjacent multi-story car park in Sheffield with a £10m guide price. (Propel)
  • Fattal Hotels, the Israel-based hotel chain, has acquired five hotels in the Balearic Islands operating under the Alua Hotels & Resorts brand from KKR, for €165m. (Hospitality ON)
  • Manga Hotels Group, the Canada-based hotel owner-operator, has acquired a Hampton Inn & Suites hotel in Albany, the United States, for $17.3m. (Albany Business Review)
  • 3i Group has invested in Vakantiediscounter, a Netherlands-based online travel agency. (3i Group)
  • Singapore-based transportation group ComfortDelGro Corp Ltd has acquired Evobus & Coach Limited, the Ireland-based operator of the GoBus coach service, for €12m. (ComfortDelGro)
  • The private equity real estate manager Henderson Park Capital Partners is to acquire the Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. hotel for $139m. (Hospitality Insights)
  • European Camping Group, the France-based campsites operator backed by private equity sponsor PAI Partners, has acquired fellow competitor Vacanceselect from the private equity firm Permira. (PAI Partners)
  • Equistone Partners has acquired a majority stake in Virgin Experience Days, a leading UK-based experiences business, from Inflexion Private Equity. (Inflexion)
  • The Dutch music entertainment promoter, ID&T, has acquired Apenkooi Events BV, the local event organiser. (Mergermarket)
  • Creditors have acquired Vue Holdings (UK) Ltd, the cinema operator and developer, through a debt for equity swap. (The Times)
  • H.I.G. Capital has acquired Family Entertainment Group, a United States-based designer, developer, and operator of amusement facilities. (Business Wire)