FSN Capital’s investment in VIA Travel shows how the private equity model can transform an underperforming business into a clear leader in its market. In 2005, VIA Travel was one of the large corporate travel management companies in the Nordic region, but had shown limited organic growth over recent years.
The company was taken private by FSN in 2005, and has since grown impressively to become the largest player in the Nordic market, and expanded into other regions. A total of 11 add-on acquisitions were completed, bringing employee numbers to 1,500 and the number of offices to 120, before the business was sold to a subsidiary of Expedia Inc., creating the world’s fifth largest travel management company in 2012.
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