EQT Mid Market to invest in Touhula pre-schools and day-care centers

  • EQT Mid Market to invest in the leading Finnish pre-school and day-care center operator Touhula
  • EQT Mid Market to provide resources and support for Touhula’s growth strategy with a long term, sustainable approach

EQT Mid Market Fund (“EQT Mid Market”) has acquired a majority ownership in Touhula Varhaiskasvatus Oy (“Touhula” or “the Company”), a Finnish early education service provider, from Coronaria Hoitoketju Oy.

Touhula was founded in 2010 and today operates over 80 pre-schools and day-care centers across Finland. The company has a unique high-quality education philosophy and operates two different brands: Touhula and Aarresaari, encouraging children to natural physical activity and adventure. As a private company, Touhula complements the welfare services provided by municipalities and increases the options available to parents in choosing a suitable day-care provider for their children. The majority of Touhula’s day-care centers operate under a voucher model. The voucher model ensures equal access to private day care to all Finnish families.

"The Touhula way – our new purpose-built facilities and high quality early education services – have received very positive feedback from parents in over 30 municipalities across Finland. With satisfied parents and EQT as a responsible owner, Touhula will be able to expand to new areas in Finland and in the future provide additional services and day-care concepts”, says Touhula’s CEO Jari Mäki-Runsas.

“EQT is an active and responsible owner, with a long history of developing companies and adding value to society by having a sustainable and long term approach. Touhula has excellent service concepts, as well as high levels of customer and employee satisfaction, which signal that the business is run in a good and sustainable manner. We believe EQT is well suited to support the Company’s growth in Finland, and add value to society at large through high-quality pre-school education services”, says Jarkko Murtoaro, Director at EQT Partners, the Investment Advisor to EQT Mid Market.

“EQT has been present in Finland for almost 20 years, and we continue to see interesting investment opportunities. EQT’s investment philosophy is to help companies grow and develop into great and sustainable companies, both under EQT’s ownership and with future owners. We believe EQT can accelerate Touhula’s development even further, for example by adding the world class know-how of our industrial advisor network. We are very pleased to have the current owners to continue as minority shareholders of Touhula”, says Vesa Koskinen, Partner at EQT Partners.

After completion of the acquisition, EQT Mid Market will be the majority owner of Touhula Varhaiskasvatus Oy. The current management, Cor Group Oy, Finnish Industry Investment Oy and Norvestia Oyj will continue as minority shareholders. The transaction is subject to approval of the Finnish Competition Authority and is expected to be completed during April.

Contacts

Vesa Koskinen, Partner, EQT Partners Oy, +358 9 6962 4737

Kerstin Danasten, Press Officer EQT, +46 8 506 55 334

About EQT

EQT is a leading global private equity group with approximately EUR 29 billion in raised capital. EQT has portfolio companies in Europe, Asia and the US with total sales of more than EUR 17 billion and approximately 140,000 employees. EQT works with portfolio companies to achieve sustainable growth, operational excellence and market leadership.

For further information, please visit: www.eqt.se

About Touhula

Touhula Varhaiskasvatus Oy is a Finnish early education service provider. Touhula Day Care Centers offers high-quality stimulating pre-school education in a fun and safe environment. Touhula has received the ISO9001 quality certificate. Aarresaari Day Care Centers are focused on activity, music and adventure. Touhula takes care of approximately 6,000 children and employs approximately 1,000 day care professionals.