Investment funds managed by Morgan Stanley Capital Partners (MSCP) today announced the sale of their majority interest in Hojeij Branded Foods (HBF), a leading North American airport food and beverage concessionaire, to Lagardère Travel Retail (Paris:MMB) for $330 million. MSCP acquired a majority stake in HBF from its founders in July 2015 in a transaction that valued the company at $155 million.
When MSCP invested in HBF, the investment team identified a unique opportunity to invest in a best-in-class airport food and beverage operator that was rapidly gaining share within an attractive industry benefiting from secular tailwinds. During MSCP’s ownership, HBF’s number of airports, restaurant locations and EBITDA more than doubled. HBF also completed the successful acquisition of Vino Volo, a leading wine bar operator, adding a proprietary concept to HBF’s broader portfolio of 35+ restaurant brands and concepts. This investment outcome is consistent with MSCP’s strategy of partnering with founder/owners to build leading businesses.
“We were attracted to HBF given the management team’s demonstrable track record of market share gains within the growing airport F&B industry,” said Adam Shaw, Managing Director of MSCP.“Over the course of our investment period, HBF, led by Regynald Washington, successfully assembled a top management team, entered numerous new airports and geographies and completed the acquisition of Vino Volo, creating a truly scaled airport operator.”
“MSCP has been a great partner to HBF, supporting us not only with additional growth capital, but also with the thought leadership and creativity necessary to help us achieve our financial goals in a sustainable way. We look forward to building upon this platform in the years to come with our new partners,” said Regynald Washington, CEO of HBF.
Prior to Morgan Stanley’s investment, HBF was majority owned and operated by its founders, both of whom were pioneers within the North American airport F&B industry. MSCP seeks opportunities to partner with founder-owners and leverage its deep operational resources and access to Morgan Stanley’s array of resources to help transform businesses into more profitable, sustainable enterprises. In collaboration with management, MSCP helped develop numerous critical operating initiatives that more than doubled earnings of the business during their ownership.
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