Scott Dunn / Inflexion Private Equity
Cavendish is delighted to announce that it advised on the sale of a majority stake in Scott Dunn Holdings Ltd (Scott Dunn), the award winning luxury travel brand, to Inflexion Private Equity. The price and terms of the sale were not disclosed.
The transaction followed a pre-sale strategic review of Scott Dunn undertaken by Cavendish during 2014 and culminated in a limited competitive process to short-listed trade and financial bidders.
Founded in 1986 by Andrew Dunn, Scott Dunn provides a broad range of luxury holidays from skiing and Mediterranean resorts to tailor-made journeys and bespoke honeymoons. Scott Dunn is recognised as a premium brand in the sector and is distinguished by delivering very high levels of service to its guests.
Scott Dunn was voted number one specialist tour operator by the readers of Condé Nast Traveller in 2014. The company operates within the luxury travel market, which has grown by more than 12% CAGR over the last three years, as demand from affluent customers in the UK and overseas has increased.
Andrew Dunn, Founder and President of Scott Dunn, commented: “Jonathan, Anya and Eimear did an excellent job and provided expert and diligent advice. Most importantly they worked hard to get the deal across the line. As expected, the project work and transaction spanned a number of months during which time the Scott Dunn team was given support to minimize disruption to the running of the business. Cavendish demonstrated a very good knowledge of luxury brands which, along with their private equity expertise, enabled them to find the perfect partner for Scott Dunn. The proof is in the result though. The deal terms achieved and transaction timing fully met my expectations. I would gladly recommend them to other business owners.”
Simon Russell, CEO of Scott Dunn said: “Cavendish achieved a superb result for both the shareholders and management team, putting in place all the things needed ahead of the sale then running a highly effective process. In the end it all came together beautifully – and very very quickly!”
Jonathan Buxton, Partner and head of the consumer group at Cavendish, commented: “We have greatly enjoyed working with Andrew Dunn, Simon Russell and the team during this process. Scott Dunn is a true luxury brand with a unique breadth of offering and we were able to attract a huge amount of interest from both trade and private equity investors.”
The transaction builds on Cavendish’s expertise in the wider consumer and leisure sectors, including advising businesses such as: Eton Hotels, Searcy, Princess Yachts, Smythson, Liberty, Raleigh Bicycles, Watches of Switzerland, Mappin & Webb and, most recently, the elite cycling company, Boardman Bikes.
Scott Dunn is one of a number of previous and current travel mandates for Cavendish, and follows its appointment during 2014 to advise on strategic options for leading East African luxury safari group Nomad Tanzania.
“I would also like to thank the team at finnCap Cavendish. They have done a great job in finding us the right buyer and running a smart and efficient process. Their support throughout has been excellent and combined with their commercial approach and sector knowledge, they have made great advisers for us.”
“Joe Stelzer and his team at finnCap Cavendish were the perfect partners as we navigated this exciting next step for the group. The firm’s wealth of expertise in advising entrepreneurial growth businesses, partnered with their quality of service and professionalism was invaluable and helped make this deal function as smoothly as possible.”
“This transaction is huge for our business as we look to continue our growth journey. We’re very excited to have raised enough capital from a leading impact investor to expand our market-leading position and maintain standards of excellence across all our products. We’re hugely grateful to the team at finnCap, who played a fundamental role, in what we hope, will be a very exciting growth story.”
“I would like to thank all of those involved in the process that has concluded with us ultimately choosing Neighborly as our partner going forward, those at finnCap Cavendish and our CFO Mike Bergin, without whom this would have not happened.”
Thank you to the Cavendish team for your unwavering support throughout this process. Finding a strategic overseas partner to allow me to realise my global ambition was my number one aim, and this has been achieved. In the current market the result you have delivered is exceptional.
It was a great pleasure to work with the Cavendish team again having originally worked with them when we sold Naked Wines to Majestic Wine in 2015. John, Rebecca and the team rigorously assessed the market to find the right new owner for a business with dedicated staff and suppliers and the right deal to achieve Naked’s goal of realising capital and simplifying the business.
“Jonathan, thank you to you and your team for your tremendous support and wise counsel during the process. You kept a calm head throughout and successfully charted a course to bring us to this great conclusion. David, the team and I are all delighted with the outcome as we now join forces with Cafento to build the brand to even greater heights. I would highly recommend your services!”
“The team at Cavendish went far beyond what was expected, supporting us through the entire fundraising process. I am certain that the deal with Piper would never have completed in the time frame without their help.”
Jonathan, thank you for all your help, sound advice and hard work over the last year. You very skilfully guided us through a challenging process. As well as a fantastic exit for some very happy shareholders, there is no doubt in my mind that Orlebar Brown has ended up in the right place. Your patience was rewarded!
“Cavendish worked hard and achieved an excellent result for stakeholders. I would certainly recommend their services.”
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