Private Equity

Since its launch in 1994, Pacific has made a number of global private equity investments across the leisure, media, education and healthcare sectors.

Pacific maintains an active involvement in the businesses it invests in, shaping strategy, overseeing operations and business development.

Pacific has a solid track record of investing proprietary capital behind a range of global private equity opportunities.
— Sir John Beckwith & Mark Johnson

Track Record

ENTITY NATURE OF BUSINESS PERIOD OF INVESTMENT IRR MONEY MULTIPLE
Sports & Outdoor Media International PLC Sports advertising 3 years 162.97% 7.4x
Riverside PLC Health & fitness group 4 years 50.95% 3.9x
Barbican Healthcare PLC Provision of corporate healthcare services 3 years 191.91% 8.9x
Ambassador Theatre Group Theatre operator and owner 9.7 years 4.28% 1.5x
Paris Nightclubs - Le Palais Maillot Nightclub 6.7 years 22% 2.64x

Current

Clube VII - Raquet & Healthclub

Acquired by Pacific in 2000, the Clube VII racquet and health club is located in the exclusive Parque Eduardo VII in the heart of Lisbon. With 7 tennis courts, gymnasium, aerobics, dance and pilates studios, cross-fit box, a 25 metre swimming pool and 4 padel courts, a major refurbishment was undertaken in 2015 which expanded the club facilities creating a truly unique facility. Due to its location and facilities, Clube VII occupies a prestigious position in Lisbon as the premier health and racquet club, an environment in which members interact with one another to achieve their social, sporting and business objectives.
Visit the site here.


Futbol City

Futbol City was established in Spain in 2008 to capitalise on the growing popularity of five–a–side football prevalent in the UK and France. The site in Valencia opened in September 2009. Futbol City is a roll-out of state of the art football and padel tennis facilities. The Valencia site includes four five-a-side football fields. Additionally two seven-a-side pitches have been constructed to cater for the more traditional form of short-sided football in Spain. A modern 500 m² low cost gym opened in September 2014 and already boasts 600 members.
Visit the site here.


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Paris Nightclubs - Hobo

Having successfully sold Le Palais Maillot nightclub in 2014, Pacific continues to operate a re-branded 67 Club now called Hobo. Hobo is situated off the Champs Elysees and with a recent refurbishment continues to trade strongly and provide solid cashflows. As part of the refurbishment a new bar next to Hobo called Blaine was launched in 2016.


Urban Football

Following the freehold acquisition of an underperforming racquet centre in Paris, Pacific engaged a management team to convert the site into a five–a–side football centre. Located in Puteaux, the site is managed by Urban Football and commenced operation in 2005. As freeholders, Pacific receives a substantial return on investment through combined rent and profit share.
Visit the site here.


Realised

 

Sports & Outdoor Media International PLC

In 1997, Pacific acquired Sports & Outdoor Media (SAOML) for £2.3 million. SAOML controlled the perimeter advertising at test match cricket grounds in the UK. In 1998, SAOML acquired the Boyer Group, a leading Australian Sports advertising business, and the combined group was floated on AIM with a market capitalisation of £20 million becoming Sports & Outdoors Media International PLC (SOMI).

It became the exclusive operator of advertising for all of the UK's test match cricket grounds, numerous Premier League Football Clubs in the UK, all of the major sporting stadia in Australia and all of the spectacular outdoor advertising at Sydney and Brisbane airports. SOMI was sold for an enterprise value of £65 million in 2000.


 

Riverside PLC

Riverside was one of the first health and fitness groups in the UK to focus on providing well–serviced and high quality sports exercise and indoor and outdoor racquet facilities. The Riverside Club, Chiswick, was originally opened by London & Edinburgh Trust (LET) in the late 1980s.

In September 1993, a group of investors including Sir John Beckwith and Pacific acquired the Riverside Club from SPP, the owner of LET. Following this acquisition, the Riverside concept was expanded to a total of five operational clubs with a further three clubs under development at the time of its sale.

In June 1997, Riverside was sold to First Leisure Corporation PLC for an enterprise value of £61 million in cash.


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Frontiers Group UK

Frontiers Group UK was established in partnership with Simon Halden, the former CEO of Sports & Outdoor Media International PLC (SOMI). The business was focused on developing long–term commercial rights and sponsorship opportunities in sport, entertainment and media in the UK.

Frontiers Group secured the exclusive advertising rights to all Test Match Grounds in the UK, which enabled the rapid growth of the business to include other high profile rights and a full event management and consultancy offering.

With negligible investment, the business was sold to an AIM listed company in 2007 for £8m, representing a significant return to Pacific.


Frontiers Group India

Following the successful investment in Sports and Outdoor Media International, a new sports marketing business was created in India to exploit the ever popular game of cricket. The Company had a highly respected and experienced local management team who secured representation of the majority of the International Test and One Day International grounds, including Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai and Nagpur. The business has also represented a number of sports personalities. Visit the site here.


 

Barbican Healthcare PLC

Pacific acquired Barbican Healthcare in 1996 for £1.9 million. In the same year, Pacific floated the Company on AIM to raise new development funds of £2.75 million, capitalising the Company at £12 million. The funds were used for the acquisition of City Healthcare and the further development of its clinical operations in central London.

Barbican was sold to BUPA in December 1998 for £22.7 million. At the time of its sale Barbican was a major participant in the corporate healthcare market with ancillary activities in sports, orthopaedic medicine and dental care.


 

Ambassador Theatre Group

Pacific Investments acquired a strategic shareholding in Ambassador Theatre Group (“ATG”) in 2000, one of the UK’s most significant theatre owners and operators. ATG is also one of the most successful and innovative producers, both in Britain and overseas.

In November 2009, Pacific sold its shareholding as part of the £90 million acquisition by ATG of Live Nation’s UK Theatres, creating a combined business valued at around £150 million. Visit the site here.


Paris Nightclubs - Le Palais Maillot

Pacific established Le Palais Maillot nightclub in 2009 in Le Palais de Congres. With capacity for 800 people and an identifiable brand the club hosted (and continues to host) some of the most exclusive parties in Paris. The club was sold in 2013 for €4m generating Pacific an IRR of 22%.