Since its inception in 1967 as a small-sized Spanish operator, Parques Reunidos has become one of the leading operators of leisure parks in Europe and the US, through organic growth and multiple acquisitions, including Bobbejaanland (Belgium, 2004), Mirabilandia (Italy, 2006), Warner (Spain, 2007), Palace Entertainment (US, 2007) and Tropical Islands (Germany, 2018).
The company operates amusement, animal and water parks with a portfolio of regional and local parks, which have strong local brands
Excluding the reimbursements by the French tax authorities of withholding taxes which had been applied to Total and ENGIE dividends
The local and regional leisure park market benefits from structural factors, including:
- Appeal of experience
- “Staycation”(1) effect providing resilience during downturn
- High industry fragmentation with build-up potential
Parques Reunidos is uniquely positioned:
- Large and well-diversified portfolio of parks in multiple countries with well-known local brands
- Multiple avenues of organic and external growth, and operational improvements
- Strong M&A track record with the ability to transfer best practices to newly-acquired parks
The take-private of the company alongside EQT and Corporación Financiera Alba should enable to accelerate the organic and external growth strategies.
(1) Vacation where one returns home each night