Management Buy In | Completed June 2012 | Mid market – $60m – $100m
Business Overview
  • Largest independent provider of flight simulator training in Southern Hemisphere
  • Business acquired from Ansett administrators in 2004 and had experienced significant growth under the new owners
  • Business has 11 simulators and provides a range of airline clients wet and dry flight training options
What we did
  • Identified industry with attractive growth profile and approached owners of #1 player in Australia to determine business and shareholder drivers
  • Developed investment thesis and identified appropriate private equity investor
  • Brought in Margaret Jackson (ex-Qantas Chair) as industry expert and Executive Chair
  • Yorkway introduced and advised Champ Ventures on its acquisition
  • Yorkway took a shareholding in AAT alongside Champ Ventures and Margaret Jackson
  • Provided exit strategy for previous owner

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“Yorkway Partners are professionals I like to work with. When Yorkway approached me about becoming Executive Chair of Ansett Aviation I had to consider it. Their research and analysis demonstrated the exciting growth potential of the business and provided me with a hands-on opportunity to leverage my interest in SME business.”

Margaret JacksonExecutive Chairman, Ansett Aviation

“We have invested in two businesses where we have partnered with Yorkway Partners, happily both meeting expectations. Yorkway’s strategic and commercial expertise adds value in identifying and growing good businesses and I like that they always invest alongside us and help build and deliver the strategic plan.”

Greg SmithExecutive Director, CHAMP Ventures