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Palatine-backed Verdant Leisure acquires eighth leisure park

Verdant Leisure, which is backed by Palatine Private Equity, has acquired its eighth leisure park, Scoutscroft Holiday Centre in the Scottish Borders. The acquisition is the bespoke leisure park operator’s fourth holiday park purchase in the last 18 months.

Scoutscroft is just one mile from Coldingham Bay Leisure Park, the site Verdant Leisure purchased in early 2017.
The purchase brings Verdant Leisure’s portfolio to eight parks across southern Scotland and North East England and marks the fourth bolt-on since the company was backed by Palatine Private Equity in April 2016. This deal will continue the company’s growth strategy to create a strong regional group with significant scale, and Verdant Leisure remains keen to add further parks to its group during 2018.
Situated in the picturesque Borders village of Coldingham, the leisure park is unrivalled in its position, within a few minutes’ walk from the sandy beach of Coldingham Bay.The area is a magnet for water sports enthusiasts with diving, sea kayaking and canoeing popular at the bay and nearby St. Abbs. Such outdoor pursuits and the area’s rich history make it popular with holidaymakers and holiday home owners throughout the year.
Graham Hodgson, CEO of Verdant Leisure says: “This acquisition is a perfect choice for the Verdant Leisure group in terms of the geographical location right in the heart of our existing business interests. It is an area we know well and Scoutscroft will bring a further 180 pitches to the wider group. We have further investment in the park planned and this will roll out over the next 24 months. We will also look to extend the opening period of the park to 11 months from the existing 9 and-a-half enabling our customers to enjoy more time at their holiday homes.”
Ed Fazakerley, Partner at Palatine Private Equity, says: “We have been impressed by the hard work and commitment of the management team over the last 18 months. This is the fourth park acquired by Verdant since we invested in 2016 and we plan to continue growing Verdant’s portfolio of leisure parks further.”
Verdant Leisure was advised by KPMG (financial due diligence) and Gateley PLC (legal advice).

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