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Summit Partners prepares Snap Fitness exit after five-year holding

19 Dec 2013

Snap FitnessSummit Partners-backed gym  franchise Snap Fitness is reportedly up for sale five years after the growth equity firm picked up a minority stake.

North Point Advisors and William Blair have been hired to run the sale process according to peHUB, which cited two people with knowledge of the matter.

Snap’s 24-hour clubs have grown to number almost 1,500 globally since it was founded a decade ago.

In June Bridges Ventures made a 3.7 times cash multiple and 50 per cent IRR by selling its majority stake in The Gym Group to Phoenix Equity Partners.

The firm said it had decided to keep a 25 per cent stake in the low-cost UK gym business, which has 36 sites and plans to open up to 30 new ones next year.

Two months later the UK’s Business Growth Fund backed budget gym chain Xercise4Less with a £5m investment.

In October AltAssets revealed Summit Partners had set a $750m target for its second credit fund.

Summit Partners Credit Fund II is larger than the firm’s first credit vehicle, which was closed on $520m in August 2012, beating its $300m target.

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