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PALLETWAYS

Date Invested

July 2004

STATUS

Realised

SECTOR

Palletways is Europe’s largest and fastest growing network for palletised express freight.  Phoenix spent a year working alongside James Wilson (former CEO of TNT) to identify an attractive investment opportunity in the specialist logistic sector, before investing in Palletways. During the period, Palletways was transformed from a UK business into the only pan-European palletised freight network. Additional capital supported international expansion, and network economics were re-engineered. In 2016, Palletways was sold to Imperial Holdings.


EDIF

Date Invested

February 2011

STATUS

Realised

SECTOR

Edif is a leading worldwide provider of a diverse range of testing and inspection services for large industrial assets.  Edif reduces risk, optimises performance and enhances the capability of its clients’ assets. Partnering with CEO Rob Dilworth, Phoenix invested in Edif in 2011. Two platform acquisitions were successfully executed that year and ten more acquisitions were subsequently completed, enhancing Edif’s range of services and its geographical reach. Following the development of a global network across 45 countries and 28 offices, Edif was sold to RINA S.p.A in 2016.


KARMA

Date Invested

May 2011

STATUS

Current

SECTOR

Karma Communications Group ("Karma") is a leading independent marketing services group with a fully integrated offer and a strong focus on digital and new media channels. Phoenix invested in 2011. During the investment period to date, growth has been achieved through both the organic development of the business and by acquisition; three further businesses have been acquired. The Karma team has also been strengthened further with the appointment of five senior recruits with outstanding reputations in the industry.


THE GYM

Date Invested

June 2013

STATUS

Current

SECTOR

Led by CEO John Treharne, The Gym is a leading operator of low-cost gyms. During Phoenix's investment period, there has been a strong focus on accelerating the roll-out of new gyms in high quality locations, and the rate of new site openings has doubled along with member numbers. A larger and highly experienced management team has also been built. The business achieved a successful IPO in 2016 and Phoenix remains a major shareholder in The Gym.


CLOSERSTILL

Date Invested

May 2012

STATUS

Realised

SECTOR

CloserStill is a leading international business-to-business exhibition organiser. It focuses on the healthcare and IT sectors and uses a highly disruptive business model. We invested in the company in May 2012. During the investment period, Phoenix and the management team developed an ambitious strategic plan to grow rapidly through new launches, acquisitions and international expansion. Staff numbers doubled, revenues tripled and profits quadrupled. CloserStill was sold in March 2015.