Phoenix announces the sale of Porthaven Care Homes

Phoenix Equity Partners (“Phoenix”) announces today the sale of Porthaven Group Holdings (“Porthaven”), owner and operator of premium quality care homes, to Fremont Realty Capital (“Fremont”) and co-investors. Financial details of the transaction are not disclosed.

In October 2011, Phoenix backed John Storey, the founder and CEO of Porthaven, to build a group of high quality care homes to serve the elderly. During its six year investment period, Phoenix has worked with John and his management team to increase the number of homes fivefold from three to fifteen, through an organic roll-out plan comprising acquiring land and building additional homes. The number of residents living in Porthaven homes has increased from 80 to over 500 during Phoenix’s investment period as a result. Commitment to quality of care has remained at the forefront of what Porthaven does, along with a clear focus on strong governance processes and the recruitment and retention of the very best staff. John Storey will continue to lead and grow the group alongside Fremont.

James Thomas, Managing Partner at Phoenix, said: “We are delighted with the strong growth that Porthaven has achieved during our investment period and with the outstanding care that has been provided to hundreds of elderly residents. It has been a pleasure working with John Storey and his management team, and we wish them every continued success for the future.

John Storey, founder and CEO of Porthaven, said: “I would like to thank Phoenix for all their support over the last six years. They understood the need to ensure the Porthaven ethos of delivering outstanding care and services to our residents remained at the heart of the business from the outset, and have been hugely valuable business partners. We look forward to continuing this strategy with Fremont, as well as the further development and improvement of Porthaven as we continue to grow.”

This is the seventh exit for Phoenix’s 2010 Fund, following the successful sale of Key Retirement Group three months ago which delivered a return of 4.5x cost.

Phoenix and Porthaven were advised by CBRE (lead advisory), Pinsent Masons (legal), KPMG (financial due diligence), and Grant Thornton & Travers Smith (tax). Fremont were advised by Gibson Dunn (legal).