M&A Deal Summary

Risk Capital Partners Acquires Neilson Active Holidays

On November 25, 2013, private equity firm Risk Capital Partners acquired leisure company Neilson Active Holidays from Thomas Cook Group for 9M GBP

Acquisition Highlights
  • This is Risk Capital Partners’ 1st transaction in the Leisure sector.
  • This is Risk Capital Partners’ 2nd largest (disclosed) transaction.
  • This is Risk Capital Partners’ 21st transaction in the United Kingdom.
Investment Fate
  • Neilson Active Holidays was sold to a consortium of financial buyers in 2018.

M&A Deal Summary

Date 2013-11-25
Target Neilson Active Holidays
Sector Leisure
Buyer(s) Risk Capital Partners
Sellers(s) Thomas Cook Group
Deal Type Divestiture
Deal Value 9M GBP

Target

Neilson Active Holidays

Brighton, United Kingdom
Neilson Active Holidays is a provider of overseas active holidays. Neilson offers ski and snowboard in Europe, the United States, and Canada; active holidays; clubs; yachting in Greece and Croatia; and the United Kingdom sailing services. Neilson Active Holidays was founded in 1994 and is based in Brighton, United Kingdom.

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Buyer(S) 1

Buyer

Risk Capital Partners

London, United Kingdom

Investor Investor


Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 2001
PE ASSETS 75M GBP
Size Small
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

Risk Capital Partners is a private investment group focused on working with entrepreneurs and helping them achieve growth through acquisitions, roll-out programs, and bold organic growth strategies. Risk looks to invest £2 to £15 million of equity in established, profitable companies based in the UK and will consider opportunities across a broad range of industry sectors including consumer, retail, leisure, healthcare, financial services, transport, and support services. Risk Capital Partners was formed in 2001 and is based in London.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 21 of 33
Sector (Leisure) 1 of 3
Type (Divestiture) 2 of 2
Country (United Kingdom) 21 of 32
Year (2013) 3 of 3
Size (of disclosed) 2 of 2
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2013-08-28 Red Hot World

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Red Hot World provides a buffet restaurant group, which serves English, Indian, Chinese, Italian, Tex-Mex and Japanese dishes. Red Hot World was formed in 2004 and is based in Birmingham, England.

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FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2014-05-07 APT Controls

Harrow, United Kingdom

APT Controls is a supplier of vehicle and pedestrian access solutions for revenue, security and traffic management applications.

Sell -

Seller(S) 1

SELLER

Thomas Cook Group

London, United Kingdom

Category Company
Sector Leisure
Revenue 9.6B GBP (2018)
DESCRIPTION

Thomas Cook Group plc is a global travel company provides Domestic and International Tour Packages, Flight Bookings, Hotel Bookings, Forex & Visa. Thomas Cook Group is based in London, United Kingdom.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 1 of 1
Sector (Leisure) 1 of 1
Type (Divestiture) 1 of 1
Country (United Kingdom) 1 of 1
Year (2013) 1 of 1
Size (of disclosed) 1 of 1
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2007-06-19 Mytravel Group

Rochdale,, United Kingdom

MyTravel Group plc operates in the leisure travel industry, offers package holidays and other leisure travel products.

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