Statistics
Euro file

Despite challenging market conditions brick-and-mortar club operators are now back on track, says Karsten Hollasch from Deloitte


The 10th edition of the European Health and Fitness Market report was published in May 2023 by EuropeActive and Deloitte, detailing the latest market developments and trends in the fitness industry. It’s widely regarded as the most comprehensive report on fitness and physical activity, owing to Deloitte and EuropeActive’s market experience and the insights contributed by the organisation’s growing network of club operators and industry experts.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the European fitness industry has faced exceptional obstacles in recent years, which has caused many gym operators to close temporarily or even permanently. However, the year 2022 was subject to significant improvements, with many restrictions on health clubs, such as club closures and hygiene measures, gradually being lifted. This has allowed market players to resume regular operations and led to a robust rebound of the sector in 2022.

As well as covering market trends and developments, this year’s report takes a closer look at the sustainability of health clubs and provides the first-ever market estimate for the intermediary sub-sector.

The intermediary segment has attracted increasing market attention in recent years, as evidenced by the expansion of partner location networks, numerous M&A transactions, funding rounds involving fitness intermediaries and significant membership growth, all of which highlight the upward trajectory of this comparatively new area of the fitness ecosystem.

In addition, EuropeActive and Deloitte conducted extensive consumer research for the second consecutive year to understand recent consumer trends and fitness behaviour. Among others, the research has shown that the number of surveyed participants who engage in regular fitness activities significantly increased in 2022. Moreover, sport and fitness activities were found to be less affected by budget cuts associated with inflation, being viewed in the same category as essential daily needs.

European fitness market development
The European brick-and-mortar fitness market generated significant growth in 2022, as evidenced by positive performance measurements across key indicators. However, it’s important to note that growth rates varied between countries, reflecting different market structures and the varying impact of COVID-19 in different regions. Both total market revenue and total memberships experienced double-digit growth, while the number of fitness clubs increased moderately.

Total revenue increased by approximately 66 per cent year-on-year to a total of €28bn. This figure was close to the record revenue achieved in 2019, which is primarily a result of the fact that most fitness companies could operate again throughout 2022 without COVID-19-related club closures. Overall, a significant market recovery was observed across all European fitness markets, particularly in countries that had implemented strict COVID-19 prevention measures in 2021.

Membership numbers also experienced strong growth, rising from 56.2 to 63.1 million individuals (12.3 per cent), which reflects the return of existing members to health clubs, but also new members seeking fitness facilities for their physical activity needs. Consequently, the European fitness market has shown a notable increase in the penetration of fitness memberships, rising from 7.0 per cent in 2021 to 7.9 per cent in 2022 – almost reaching pre-COVID level of 2019 (8.2 per cent). The number of European fitness clubs increased slightly by approximately 0.5 per cent to a total of 63,830 clubs.

In 2022, the top 20 European fitness operators – ranked by revenue – collectively generated €4.9bn of sales, indicating a substantial growth of 2 per cent compared to the previous year. Furthermore, the top 20 operators by membership experienced a significant rise in members of 2.6m (22 per cent), reaching a total of 14.8m. However, the top operators manage approximately 8.5 per cent of the total number of fitness clubs in Europe by the end of 2022, illustrating the comparable high market fragmentation with a significant proportion of fitness facilities operated by companies outside the top 20 operators, including smaller fitness chains and single club operators.

Major industry transactions
In 2022, the European fitness market recorded a total of 13 M&A transactions, indicating a slightly lower level of activity when compared to previous years (19 transactions in 2021 and an average of 17 transactions per year over the past decade). Leading European fitness chains such as LifeFit Group, Medicover, Keep Cool, RSG Group, and SATS Group played a significant role on the buy-side of these deals, contributing to the ongoing consolidation of the European fitness market.

The largest deal by club number was Swiss Migros Group’s divestment of ACISO and its 172 clubs (including franchises) in a deal comprising the Injoy, FT-Club and Elements brands. Lafayette Mittelstand Capital, an investor with experience in the fitness industry through its investment in Elixia Group, became the new ACISO owner in early 2022. (Read about Migros in HCM’s interview with René Kalt at www.hcmmag.com/ReneKalt)

Norwegian financial investor Credo Partners was part of the second largest transaction in 2022 by merging five national club operators (Nr1 Fitness, Sprek365, Toten Treningssenter, Trento, Trimhuset) to form the holding company Mova Group, with Credo Partners as the majority shareholder. Thus, the newly-formed fitness group became one of the leading fitness companies of the country.

The acquisition of World Class Romania and its 41 mid-market to premium clubs by Nigerian financial investor African Industries Group completed the three largest fitness transactions by number of clubs in 2022 and represented the African Industries Group’s initial venture into the fitness industry.

Looking ahead
European fitness operators demonstrated their ability to adapt to changing conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic by diversifying their business activities and focusing on their customers’ needs. They also respond to the currently challenging market environment, such as increased energy costs, by raising prices for consumers. Recently announced membership and revenue figures of major (stock-listed) European fitness chains including Basic-Fit and SATS Group further support European operators’ predominantly positive perception of the business outlook. Also due to ambitious expansion plans of major European chains, the European health and fitness market is expected to continue its growth and thus, could reach EuropeActive’s goal of 100 million members in Europe by 2030.

More: www.HCMmag.com/EHFR23

Order a printed copy at: www.hcmmag.com/BlackBox

Photo: deloitte

"The top 20 European fitness operators by revenue generated €4.9bn – growth of 52% compared to the previous year" – Karsten Hollasch<

Total revenues: €28bn
Total members: 63.1 millions
Members of other operators: 48.3 million
Members of top 20 operators: 14.8 million
Increase in members: 12.3 per cent
Number of clubs: 63,830
Increase in clubs: 0.5 per cent
M&A deals: 13
Key findings: Deloitte and EuropeActive study

• Health club expenditure is less impacted by inflation-related budget cuts than other areas of consumer expenditure

• There’s been an increase in the number of people who are regularly active

• Home, outdoor and in-club fitness continues to be used in a complementary way

• Health club attendance outgrew home and outdoor

• Health club users utilise digital workout planning tools to organise club visits

• The use of non-paying offerings have driven increases in at-home workouts

Top operators such as RSG manage 8.5% of total fitness clubs Credit: photo: Dominik von Winterfeld/RSG
LifeFit Group, led by CEO Martin Seibold and MD Johannes Massen helped drive M&A activity Credit: photo: LifeFit Group
African Industries Group bought World Class Romania – its first investment in the sctor
 


CONTACT US

Leisure Media
Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2024

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
 
19 Jun 2024 Leisure Management: daily news and jobs
 
 
HOME
JOBS
NEWS
FEATURES
PRODUCTS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION
PRINT SUBSCRIPTION
ADVERTISE
CONTACT US
Sign up for FREE ezine

Features List



SELECTED ISSUE
Health Club Management
2023 issue 6

View issue contents

Leisure Management - Euro file

Statistics

Euro file


Despite challenging market conditions brick-and-mortar club operators are now back on track, says Karsten Hollasch from Deloitte

Fitness activities are viewed in the same category as essential daily needs photo: LifeFit Group
Top operators such as RSG manage 8.5% of total fitness clubs photo: Dominik von Winterfeld/RSG
LifeFit Group, led by CEO Martin Seibold and MD Johannes Massen helped drive M&A activity photo: LifeFit Group
African Industries Group bought World Class Romania – its first investment in the sctor

The 10th edition of the European Health and Fitness Market report was published in May 2023 by EuropeActive and Deloitte, detailing the latest market developments and trends in the fitness industry. It’s widely regarded as the most comprehensive report on fitness and physical activity, owing to Deloitte and EuropeActive’s market experience and the insights contributed by the organisation’s growing network of club operators and industry experts.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the European fitness industry has faced exceptional obstacles in recent years, which has caused many gym operators to close temporarily or even permanently. However, the year 2022 was subject to significant improvements, with many restrictions on health clubs, such as club closures and hygiene measures, gradually being lifted. This has allowed market players to resume regular operations and led to a robust rebound of the sector in 2022.

As well as covering market trends and developments, this year’s report takes a closer look at the sustainability of health clubs and provides the first-ever market estimate for the intermediary sub-sector.

The intermediary segment has attracted increasing market attention in recent years, as evidenced by the expansion of partner location networks, numerous M&A transactions, funding rounds involving fitness intermediaries and significant membership growth, all of which highlight the upward trajectory of this comparatively new area of the fitness ecosystem.

In addition, EuropeActive and Deloitte conducted extensive consumer research for the second consecutive year to understand recent consumer trends and fitness behaviour. Among others, the research has shown that the number of surveyed participants who engage in regular fitness activities significantly increased in 2022. Moreover, sport and fitness activities were found to be less affected by budget cuts associated with inflation, being viewed in the same category as essential daily needs.

European fitness market development
The European brick-and-mortar fitness market generated significant growth in 2022, as evidenced by positive performance measurements across key indicators. However, it’s important to note that growth rates varied between countries, reflecting different market structures and the varying impact of COVID-19 in different regions. Both total market revenue and total memberships experienced double-digit growth, while the number of fitness clubs increased moderately.

Total revenue increased by approximately 66 per cent year-on-year to a total of €28bn. This figure was close to the record revenue achieved in 2019, which is primarily a result of the fact that most fitness companies could operate again throughout 2022 without COVID-19-related club closures. Overall, a significant market recovery was observed across all European fitness markets, particularly in countries that had implemented strict COVID-19 prevention measures in 2021.

Membership numbers also experienced strong growth, rising from 56.2 to 63.1 million individuals (12.3 per cent), which reflects the return of existing members to health clubs, but also new members seeking fitness facilities for their physical activity needs. Consequently, the European fitness market has shown a notable increase in the penetration of fitness memberships, rising from 7.0 per cent in 2021 to 7.9 per cent in 2022 – almost reaching pre-COVID level of 2019 (8.2 per cent). The number of European fitness clubs increased slightly by approximately 0.5 per cent to a total of 63,830 clubs.

In 2022, the top 20 European fitness operators – ranked by revenue – collectively generated €4.9bn of sales, indicating a substantial growth of 2 per cent compared to the previous year. Furthermore, the top 20 operators by membership experienced a significant rise in members of 2.6m (22 per cent), reaching a total of 14.8m. However, the top operators manage approximately 8.5 per cent of the total number of fitness clubs in Europe by the end of 2022, illustrating the comparable high market fragmentation with a significant proportion of fitness facilities operated by companies outside the top 20 operators, including smaller fitness chains and single club operators.

Major industry transactions
In 2022, the European fitness market recorded a total of 13 M&A transactions, indicating a slightly lower level of activity when compared to previous years (19 transactions in 2021 and an average of 17 transactions per year over the past decade). Leading European fitness chains such as LifeFit Group, Medicover, Keep Cool, RSG Group, and SATS Group played a significant role on the buy-side of these deals, contributing to the ongoing consolidation of the European fitness market.

The largest deal by club number was Swiss Migros Group’s divestment of ACISO and its 172 clubs (including franchises) in a deal comprising the Injoy, FT-Club and Elements brands. Lafayette Mittelstand Capital, an investor with experience in the fitness industry through its investment in Elixia Group, became the new ACISO owner in early 2022. (Read about Migros in HCM’s interview with René Kalt at www.hcmmag.com/ReneKalt)

Norwegian financial investor Credo Partners was part of the second largest transaction in 2022 by merging five national club operators (Nr1 Fitness, Sprek365, Toten Treningssenter, Trento, Trimhuset) to form the holding company Mova Group, with Credo Partners as the majority shareholder. Thus, the newly-formed fitness group became one of the leading fitness companies of the country.

The acquisition of World Class Romania and its 41 mid-market to premium clubs by Nigerian financial investor African Industries Group completed the three largest fitness transactions by number of clubs in 2022 and represented the African Industries Group’s initial venture into the fitness industry.

Looking ahead
European fitness operators demonstrated their ability to adapt to changing conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic by diversifying their business activities and focusing on their customers’ needs. They also respond to the currently challenging market environment, such as increased energy costs, by raising prices for consumers. Recently announced membership and revenue figures of major (stock-listed) European fitness chains including Basic-Fit and SATS Group further support European operators’ predominantly positive perception of the business outlook. Also due to ambitious expansion plans of major European chains, the European health and fitness market is expected to continue its growth and thus, could reach EuropeActive’s goal of 100 million members in Europe by 2030.

More: www.HCMmag.com/EHFR23

Order a printed copy at: www.hcmmag.com/BlackBox

Photo: deloitte

"The top 20 European fitness operators by revenue generated €4.9bn – growth of 52% compared to the previous year" – Karsten Hollasch<

Total revenues: €28bn
Total members: 63.1 millions
Members of other operators: 48.3 million
Members of top 20 operators: 14.8 million
Increase in members: 12.3 per cent
Number of clubs: 63,830
Increase in clubs: 0.5 per cent
M&A deals: 13
Key findings: Deloitte and EuropeActive study

• Health club expenditure is less impacted by inflation-related budget cuts than other areas of consumer expenditure

• There’s been an increase in the number of people who are regularly active

• Home, outdoor and in-club fitness continues to be used in a complementary way

• Health club attendance outgrew home and outdoor

• Health club users utilise digital workout planning tools to organise club visits

• The use of non-paying offerings have driven increases in at-home workouts


Originally published in Health Club Management 2023 issue 6

Published by Leisure Media Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 | Contact us | About us | © Cybertrek Ltd