Week 17: RockBox Fitness
Boxing group fitness + another big acquisition
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In today’s edition we’ll cover another big franchise acquisition, as well as a breakdown of an under-the-radar fitness franchise.
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On to the headlines! 👇
Roark Capital Acquires Mathnasium
Roark Capital, the majority owner of affiliate Inspire Brands, acquired the tutoring franchise Mathnasium for an undisclosed amount. If you’re not familiar with Roark/Inspire Brands, they are the owner of massive franchises such as Dunkin’, Sonic, Arby’s, and more.
Mathnasium is a math tutoring franchise for kids in grades 2-12. After being founded in 2002, they’ve grown to an international franchise with 1,082 locations worldwide, with 927 of those within the U.S.
At 1,000+ units, this acquisition was likely in the 9-figure range 💰💰
Big money acquisitions are fun to talk about, but to me the real story here is the power of franchising. In less than 20 years, three founders were able to take 1 local tutoring center, and turn it into a $100M+ brand with over 1,000 locations.
An absolutely incredible story! Read the press release here
Mici Handcrafted Italian Inks 30 Unit Deal
A new food franchise off to a big start in Phoenix!
An Inside Look at 4 Acai Bowl Concepts
Take a look at 4 franchises competing in the acai bowl arena
A Youth Sports Hold Co Acquired a Golf and Tennis Franchise
The acquisition is Youth Athlete’s United 3rd brand, this time a 59 unit franchise
Breakdown: RockBox Fitness
Founded in 2017
Based in North Carolina; 33 units open as of 2021
The brand operates boxing, kickboxing, & functional strength training fitness studios
Fees + Investment
Royalty: 7% of gross sales
Brand Fund: 1% of gross sales
Franchise Fee: $49,900
Initial Investment: $235K - $464K
The below table illustrates the gross revenue, gross profit, and net income from 3 RockBox affiliate studios that operated the entire 2019 calendar year
The Wolf’s Take 🍟
Boutique fitness has been an area of insane growth over the last 10 years, and the public markets seems to have just learned that fact after the IPO’s of Xponential Fitness and F45 this year.
The pre-covid financials from RockBox affiliate locations show a solid return, with an average net income of $158,261 between the 3 units. This shows a 3:1 investment to profit ratio, which is not easy to find for franchises.
I also like RockBox because it’s a niche concept even within the world of boutique fitness, where it has minimal competitors. The main ones would be Rumble and Title Boxing, however both of those brands have initial investments that are larger than RockBox’s (Rumble’s is up to $4 Million/location).
If you want to jump on the boutique fitness wave, RockBox is a great brand to look at specifically because of the stage they’re at - founded just 4 years ago and already have 33 units open. The first franchisees are in and have taken the biggest risk, and now you can determine how they’ve performed thus far before deciding if RockBox could be right for you!
Twitter Watch 👀
My thread last night dove into Chick-Fil-A’s origins and their unique approach to franchising - one that enables franchisees to pay a $10k investment and operate a restaurant that on average does a whopping $5M per year 🤑.
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