Verdant

Consumer & Leisure

Verdant Leisure is a bespoke holiday park operator offering self-catering lodge and caravan holidays and holiday home ownership across Scotland and Northern England.

THE JOURNEY

Key Facts

Initial Investment: 04/04/2016

Sector: Consumer & Leisure

Buyout Fund III

Status: Realised

Investment Highlights

  • Completed the acquisition of a further six parks with Palatine investing an additional £4m to part fund the acquisitions.
  • Supported significant investment in holiday park facilities to enhance customer experience.
  • In house call centre operation established which resulted in holiday hire revenues more than trebling.
  • Invested in a centralised head office function to help improve efficiencies and further enhance team performance.
  • Supported management in various ESG initiatives including Green Tourism Scheme and Team Verdant HR strategy, which has seen the business gain recognition in The Sunday Times Best Places to Work programme.
  • Broadened board composition to include the operations director and marketing director.
  • Exchanged on sale of the business to Pears Capital Partners in September 2021 generating a 3.7x return

Partnership motivation.

The business had enormous growth potential due to the growing trend towards ‘staycations’, coupled with increased demand for holiday accommodation in premium locations. We were also impressed by the expertise and experience of the management team. Our strategy was to scale the group through supporting management’s defined buy and build strategy, expanding and upgrading the existing parks and growing holiday hire revenues.

We have enjoyed great support from Palatine over the last five years. The team’s expertise in buy and build and its forward-thinking approach to ESG strategy, has helped us to scale profitably and consolidate our status as an operator of choice at a time of great opportunity in the UK holiday market. The management team now look forward to continuing this growth strategy with the support of our new investors at Pears Partnership Capital.

Graham Hodgson

CEO – Verdant Leisure