NEP recaps health club chain Movati

Norwest Equity Partners has recapitalized Windsor, Canada-based Movati Athletic Group, a health club chain. Antares Capital served as an administrative agent and joint lead arranger on an $111 million loan to back this transaction.


CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Antares Capital announced today it is serving as administrative agent and joint lead arranger on a $111 million senior secured credit facility to support the growth and recapitalization of Movati Athletic Group by Norwest Equity Partners (“NEP”).

Founded in 1997 in Windsor, Canada, Movati is a premium fitness concept that offers amenities such as group fitness classes, pools, basketball courts, women’s-only sections, childcare and a common area for weight training and cardio to more than 95,000 members.

“Antares has supported a prior fitness industry investment of ours, so we knew they would bring strong sector experience to this transaction,” said Andy Cantwell, partner at NEP. “We’ve worked with Antares for over 20 years and value their extensive financing and capital markets expertise.”

“Movati is uniquely positioned to gain share in the premium health club market in Canada,” said Dave Swanson, managing director with Antares. “With best-in-class member retention rates, a strong management team, and a proven investor with significant industry experience, we are excited about the continued growth potential for Movati.”

About Norwest Equity Partners
Founded in 1961, NEP is a leading equity investment firm and focuses on partnering with companies to build them into industry leaders. As one of the largest and oldest equity investment firms in the Upper Midwest, NEP has a long-standing history of investment and operational success. More information on NEP and the firm’s investment history can be found on

About Antares
Antares Capital is a credit manager and leading provider of financing solutions for middle-market, private equity-backed transactions. Offices are located in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Norwalk and Toronto. Antares issued more than $18 billion in financing during 2016, and was named 2017 Lender of the Year by ACG NY and 2015 Dealmakers of the Year by Mergers & Acquisitions. Visit us at or follow Antares Capital on Twitter at Antares Capital is a subsidiary of Antares Holdings LP.