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Actic divested FSN Capital LP II has signed an agreement to divest the leading Nordic fi tness club chain Actic to funds managed by IK Investment Partners. Closing of the transaction is subject to legal and regulatory approvals. Founded in Sweden in 1981,


Pedro Ruiz (pictured with his wife Constance) was honoured for his contribution to the industry Vivafi t CEO receives award


An awards ceremony recognising Spanish and Portuguese business leaders took place in Lisbon on 10 July. Pedro Ruiz, CEO of women-only fi tness franchise Vivafi t, won the Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 award. T e Portuguese health and fi tness


association AGAP was present at the event, which was organised by the Luso- Spanish Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCILE). Prizes awarded by CCILE are given


to managers and entrepreneurs who have contributed very signifi cantly to the growth of their professional activity, whether through investment or the


Events diary Visit www.ihrsa.org/calendar


13 September 2012


Innovative Marketing to Grow Your Membership (Webinar)


1–4 November 2012 12th Annual IHRSA European Congress – Vienna, Austria


19–22 November 2012


ChinaFit / IHRSA China Management Forum – Shanghai, China


19–22 March 2013


IHRSA’s 32nd Annual International Convention & Trade Show – Las Vegas, Nevada, US


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development of their companies. “For the fi rst time, an entrepreneur from the fi tness industry was awarded this very prestigious award – totally deserved for the achievements in Portugal and abroad,” says AGAP’s Armando Moreira. “T e fi tness market needs good


examples and good practice, and it’s an asset to the market to have competitive companies like Vivafi t,” adds Moreira, noting that the brand already has clubs in Europe, South America and Asia. Ruiz’s wife and Vivafi t co-founder


Constance Ruiz was also recognised, as were all employees and business partners.


Physical inactivity


as bad as smoking Published in T e Lancet, a new study shows how big a toll physical inactivity takes on our health, with its impact on mortality comparable to that of smoking. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s


Hospital and Harvard Medical School found not engaging in moderate exercise for 150 minutes a week was linked with 5.3 million deaths worldwide in 2008 – around 9 per cent of all deaths. “With elimination of physical inactivity, life expectancy of the world’s population might be expected to increase by 0.68 years,” say researchers. T e researchers analysed past


studies and found that not engaging in recommended exercise levels was the main cause of 6–10 per cent of coronary heart disease, breast cancer, colon cancer and type 2 diabetes cases globally.


Fitness chain Actic operates 143 clubs across six countries in the Nordic region


Actic (formerly Nautilus Gym) has developed into a leading Nordic fi tness club chain with 143 clubs and around 200,000 members in six countries. In 2011, Actic had sales of SEK575m (€69m) and an EBITDA of SEK139m (€16.7m). Since the investment by FSN


Capital LP II in 2007, Actic has seen strong growth in sales and EBITDA, with CAGRs of 14 per cent and 16 per cent respectively. T e doubling of EBITDA has been achieved despite signifi cant investments in central operating expenses, and the implementation of large structural changes at both club and central level.


About IHRSA


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