INVISION SELLS VANTAGE EDUCATION TO A GROUP OF SWISS INVESTORS
We are pleased to announce the sale of Vantage Education AG (Vantage) to a group of Swiss investors. Vantage, one of the leading providers of higher education programs in Switzerland, will remain independent and will continue to be led by the existing management team.
After 7 years of successful growth under the ownership of Invision, a good new home has been found for Vantage. The new Swiss owners can draw on a wealth of experience in the area of educational investments and a solid financial base to successfully expand Vantage in the future and as a long-term commitment.
Over the past 7 years, Invision has supported Vantage through a series of consolidation transactions, ultimately combining 5 acquisitions under one roof. The educational companies offer high quality education programs in business administration, sales, marketing, information management and tourism management at 13 locations throughout Switzerland. With a commitment to the sustainable progress of students, Vantage has continuously invested in educational offerings and its various formats. Today, the offering covers mostly higher and executive education through more than 60 programs.
Heinz Sommer, CEO of Vantage, comments: "The unification of various education providers under the umbrella of Vantage proved to be the right strategy to jointly ensure the continuous development of analogue and digital learning content and the quality of education, in addition to the synergies and the associated broad, practice- and transfer-oriented educational offerings. The students are always the first priority; education should bring them added value in their private and professional lives. Our modern educational offer, supported by our e-learning environment, enables us to be a trustworthy educational partner for our students both on campus and online. I look forward to further strengthening our position and to continuously expanding our group and educational offerings with our new partners through additional educational companies".
The new Swiss owners are determined to support Vantage's strategy and further expand its strong position in the Swiss educational landscape. Jonathan Wynne, the new Chairman of the Vantage Education Group, commented: "Vantage is a great example of a successful education group, focusing on the practical and transfer-oriented diversity of its programs, the quality of its education and the success of its students. We look forward to supporting the Group's long-term ambitions with our educational expertise and capital resources. We look forward to working with Heinz and the management team to build on Vantage's impressive track record to date and further strengthen and expand its position as the group of choice for students in Switzerland".
Marco Martelli, Partner at Invision, comments: "Building Vantage over the past few years has been a great journey and we are proud to have made a significant contribution to the development of the Group and the private education sector in Switzerland in general. I am very happy that we have found a good partner to help move the schools forward and that Vantage will remain in Swiss hands".
Vantage unites 3 strong educational companies under one roof and is therefore one of the leading private educational providers in the areas of Business & Management, Sales, Marketing, Information Management and Tourism Management. At 13 locations in German- and French-speaking Switzerland, Vantage accompanies over 5000 students in their educational journey and has now become one of the leading market players in its segment.
Since its foundation in 1997, Invision has successfully developed into one of the leading investment companies for corporate succession and growth financing in Europe. During this time, Invision has invested more than EUR 750 million of equity in over 50 companies, achieving sustainable value growth. Invision sees itself as an entrepreneurial partner of founders, entrepreneurs and management teams. Invision places particular emphasis on understanding the specific needs of companies and entrepreneurs and developing individual solutions. Invision invests in established medium-sized companies, especially in succession constellations.