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Onex to acquire childcare provider KidsFoundation from HIG

Canadian private equity firm Onex Corp has agreed to acquire KidsFoundation Holdings BV, a Dutch childcare services provider, in partnership with existing management.

No financial terms were released for the deal, which is expected to close later this year.

The seller is U.S. private equity firm HIG Capital. HIG established KidsFoundation in 2014 through the acquisition of assets from the estate of Estro Group.

Based in Almere, the Netherlands, KidsFoundation offers nursery care as well as before- and after-school care services. It currently provides childcare for more than 30,000 children across 281 centres.

In 2018, Onex closed its fifth flagship private equity fundOnex Partners V, securing US$7.15 billion in committed capital.


Onex to Acquire KidsFoundation

TORONTO, July 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Onex Corporation (“Onex”) (TSX:ONEX) today announced it has agreed to acquire KidsFoundation Holdings B.V. (“KidsFoundation”) in partnership with the existing management team. KidsFoundation is the largest childcare provider in the Netherlands. The transaction is expected to close later this year, subject to customary conditions and regulatory approvals. The terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.

KidsFoundation is one of the highest-rated childcare providers in the country. It offers nursery care for children between six weeks and four years old as well as before and after school care services for children between four and 12 years old. The company provides childcare for more than 30,000 children across 281 centres with approximately 3,750 employees.

“KidsFoundation is committed to a high standard of care and quality for the families it serves, and that is a commitment we want to continue and build on,” said Nigel Wright, a Managing Director with Onex. “We are pleased to be partnering with the KidsFoundation management team and look forward to supporting their growth for years to come.”

“Onex’ strong investment track record and history of supporting the teams it invests alongside makes it an ideal partner for us,” said Jeanine Lemmens, Chief Executive Officer of KidsFoundation. “Our first priority is to provide high-quality care of our children in safe facilities with the best staff. Onex is aligned with the strategic direction of our firm and we are excited to work together in our next phase of growth.”

The investment will be made by Onex Partners, Onex’ private equity platform focused on larger investment opportunities.

About Onex

Onex is one of the oldest and most successful private equity firms. Through its Onex Partners and ONCAP private equity funds, Onex acquires and builds high-quality businesses in partnership with talented management teams. At Onex Credit, Onex manages and invests in leveraged loans, collateralized loan obligations and other credit securities. Onex has more than $32 billion of assets under management, including $6.7 billion of Onex proprietary capital, in private equity and credit securities. With offices in Toronto, New York, New Jersey and London, Onex and the team are collectively the largest investors across Onex’ platforms.

Onex’ businesses have assets of $49 billion, generate annual revenues of $31 billion and employ approximately 207,000 people worldwide. Onex shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the stock symbol ONEX. For more information on Onex, visit its website at Onex’ security filings can also be accessed at

For further information:
Emilie Blouin
Director, Investor Relations
Tel: 416.362.7711