Clearwater International France has advised Vacalians, European leader in outdoor accommodations, on the sale and leaseback of a portfolio of nine accommodation sites.
Along with the sale of these assets, the Group has signed several long term leases so as to assure the longevity of their operations.
This transaction has allowed the Group to generate a capital reserve to finance future growth and represents a new phase in the Groups development, who plans to adapt its business model to reinforce its leadership position.
Vacalians is the only actor to be simultaneoulsy present in the 3 sectors of the market: Holidays, Distribution, and Services, thanks to its portfolio of unique brands like Campings Tohapi, Canvas Holidays and Gain.
As pioneers in the consolidation of the market, Vacalians plays a central role in the fast growing industry of outdoor accommodations. Its innovative vision on camping and its ability to strengthen the potential of each of its brands has allowed the Group to rise to the n°1 or n°2 position in all areas of the sector: operation of accommodation sites, distribution of holiday offerings, sale of mobile-homes and BtoB services.
The Clearwater International France team who advised Vacalians on this transaction was composed of Laurent Camilli, Managing Partner and Julien Choppin, Associate Director.
Christophe Alaux, Chairman of the Management Board, Vacalians commented: “This is the first sale and leaseback for the Group. It allows us to strengthen our unique portfolio of assets, to secure the foundations of our activities on a long term basis and to accelerate our development strategy within the framework of our ambitious Cap 2020 plan.”
Laurent Camilli, Managing Partner, Clearwater International added: “It has been an absolute pleasure to advise Vacalians in their first sale and leaseback operation. This deal is a perfect example of the opportunities that are possible in the outdoor accommodations sector, in which Vacalians plays an important role as consolidator.”