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Budget fitness chain, Xercise4Less, is being sold off by its investors, directors and shareholders, which include the BGF investment fund and Proventus Capital Partners, HCM can reveal.

The chain, which operates 51 gyms across the UK, has been hit by the COVID-19 lockdown and the owners brought in restructuring specialist Alan Fort recently to review its position.

Speaking to HCM today, an official spokesperson said: “The directors and owners have reviewed the financial resources of the company and assessed the projected reopening date of our clubs – along with the time needed to rebuild the membership base of the business.

"The decision has been taken to seek additional funds, with the best way of achieving this being to begin a sale process.

"This will enable us to come out of the COVID-19 crisis in a stronger position.”

The move comes less than 18 months after the low-cost operator announced ambitious plans to double in size and have 100 clubs open by 2021.

In May 2018, Xercise4Less secured growth investment of £42m from Proventus, which is debt provider to the company. BGF is understood to have a £21.7m stake, while Jon Wright continues to have an interest in the business.

Founded in 2009 by Wright, Xercise4Less currently has around 250,000 members.

In August 2018 it appointed industry veteran Peter Wright as its new CEO. The company confirmed today that he left the business in January.

Proventus Capital Partners is a 50-year-old, family-owned private investment house based in Stockholm.

In addition to its interests in commerce and finance, it has made a number of moves into the leisure sector, including investments in the East London Pub Co, StayCity and Riviera Travel.

The company was an early investor in The Gym Group and German chain WellYou Fitness.

BGF is a backer of Gym Box.

• Peter Wright gave an interview to HCM in January 2019, outlining his plans for the company. Read the interview here.

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Budget fitness chain, Xercise4Less, is being sold off by its investors, directors and shareholders, which include the BGF investment fund and Proventus Capital Partners, HCM can reveal.
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