Location: Poole, UK (HQ)
Total Enterprise Value: £5.9 billion
Date of Investment: November 2019
In November 2019, a consortium of long-term investors comprising KIRKBI Invest A/S (“KIRKBI”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of KIRKBI A/S, the ultimate owner of the LEGO® brand, funds managed as part of Blackstone’s long-dated “Core” private equity strategy (“Blackstone”), and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (“CPPIB”; together, the “Consortium”) closed the take-private acquisition of Merlin Entertainments plc (“Merlin” or the “Company”)
Merlin is a global leader in location-based, family entertainment. As Europe’s number one and the second largest visitors attraction business globally, Merlin now operates over 130 attractions, 19 hotels and seven holiday villages in 25 countries and across four continents.