Apple Leisure Group, a leading hospitality company, today announced that
KKR and an affiliate of KSL Capital Partners (KSL) have entered into a
definitive agreement to acquire the company from Bain Capital Private
Equity. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Apple Leisure Group is North America's top seller of all-inclusive
vacation packages, with a vertically integrated business model that
leverages its capabilities and expertise to deliver exceptional value to
travelers, and distribution reach and resort management expertise for
hotel owners. Apple Leisure Group's collection of leading subsidiaries
includes AMResorts (hotel management and marketing services), Amstar
(the largest destination management company for Mexico and the Dominican
Republic), a portfolio of travel distribution brands (Apple Vacations®,
Travel Impressions®, CheapCaribbean.com®), and the exclusive Unlimited
Vacation Club travel program.
"We are pleased to be partnering with KKR and KSL for our next phase of
growth," said Alex Zozaya, Chief Executive Officer of Apple Leisure
Group. "They share our commitment to the vision of Apple Leisure Group
as we continue to deliver great results to travelers, guests and hotel
owners. We are extremely appreciative of Bain Capital Private Equity's
partnership and support in executing our growth mission and helping us
strengthen our leadership position over the past four years."
"Apple Leisure Group is a unique franchise with a differentiated market
position as well as an impressive management team," said KKR Members
Paul Raether and Tagar Olson. "We are pleased to be partnering with KSL
to continue to grow the company and build upon its already premier
reputation in the travel industry."
"Apple Leisure Group has emerged as a truly differentiated market
leader, with a strong management team executing a strategic growth plan
while continuing to deliver exceptional service and real value to
leisure travelers," said Phil Loughlin a Managing Director at Bain
Capital Private Equity. "It has been a privilege to work side-by-side
with this talented team as we have invested to build the business for
the long-term by creating more effective collaboration among the various
companies in the group and integrating several acquisitions which added
value to the company's product offerings," added Ryan Cotton a Managing
Director at Bain Capital Private Equity.
"Nearly 25 years ago, KSL first partnered with KKR to acquire premier
hospitality businesses, and we are delighted to once again partner with
them to invest in Apple Leisure Group," said Richard Weissmann, a
Partner of KSL. "We have spent several years searching for the right
opportunity in the Caribbean, and could not be more pleased to partner
with Apple Leisure Group and its talented management team and employees.
With a devoted customer base and thousands of loyal members, we believe
Apple Leisure Group has tremendous potential for future growth."
The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter of 2017,
and is subject to customary regulatory approvals. KKR's investment is
being made principally from its eleventh Americas Private Equity
Credit Suisse and Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as advisors to Bain
Capital Private Equity. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Dentons
served as advisors to KKR and KSL.
About Apple Leisure Group
Philadelphia-based Apple Leisure
Group® is a leading hospitality company in the North American travel
industry. Its vertically integrated business model and robust
infrastructure leverages the expertise of six innovative subsidiaries to
deliver exceptional value to savvy travelers and strong resort
performance to owners. ALG's award-winning subsidiaries include:
AMResorts®, provider of hotel management services under six luxury
resort brands; Apple Vacations®, the world's largest tour operator to
Mexico and the Dominican Republic; Travel Impressions®, a prominent U.S.
wholesaler possessing an extensive global portfolio;
CheapCaribbean.com®, a popular online travel agency specializing in
luxury vacation packages and resort accommodations in Mexico and the
Caribbean; Amstar DMC, a destination management company offering premium
airport transfers, tours and excursions; and Unlimited Vacation Club®,
AMResorts' popular guest loyalty program for discerning travelers who
expect the very best in a vacation experience. For more information on
Apple Leisure Group®, visit www.appleleisuregroup.com.
KKR is a leading global investment firm that
manages investments across multiple asset classes including private
equity, energy, infrastructure, real estate, credit and hedge funds. KKR
aims to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient
and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and
driving growth and value creation at the asset level. KKR invests its
own capital alongside its partners' capital and brings opportunities to
others through its capital markets business. References to KKR's
investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds. For
additional information about KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE:KKR), please visit
KKR's website at www.kkr.com
and on Twitter @KKR_Co.
KSL is a private equity firm specializing in
travel and leisure enterprises in five primary sectors: hospitality,
recreation, clubs, real estate and travel services. KSL has offices in
Denver, CO; Stamford, CT; and London. Since 2005, KSL has raised
approximately $7.4 billion in equity capital commitments. KSL's current
portfolio includes some of the premier properties in travel and leisure.
For more information, please visit www.kslcapital.com
About Bain Capital Private Equity
Bain Capital Private
has partnered closely with management teams to provide the strategic
resources that build great companies and help them thrive since our
founding in 1984. Our team of more than 220 investment professionals
creates value for our portfolio companies through our global platform
and depth of expertise in key vertical industries including
consumer/retail, financial and business services, healthcare,
industrials, and technology, media and telecommunications. In addition
to private equity, Bain Capital invests across asset classes including
credit, public equity and venture capital, and leverages the firm's
shared platform to capture opportunities in strategic areas of focus.
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For Apple Leisure Group:
Kristi Huller or Cara Kleiman
KSL Capital Partners:
Julie Messing-Paea, 310-691-9979
Bain Capital Private Equity:
Source: KKR & Co. L.P.
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