How Basic-Fit pulled off its IPO with LucaNet

Success story Basic-Fit International B.V.

As it was preparing to go public, the Dutch fitness chain Basic-Fit needed software that would provide it with valid, consistent figures and a single point of truth.

The world of finance wants to know how the turnover of new Basic-Fit studios grows compared to our established clubs. Thanks to LucaNet, we can generate these kinds of analyses quickly and easily.

Tino Bijlemeer
International Manager (Reporting and Tax)

How Basic-Fit uses LucaNet:

  • Consolidated financial statements in line with IFRS
  • Data analysis
  • P&L, balance sheet and cash flow planning

About the enterprise

With more than 560 clubs in five countries, Basic-Fit is one of the most successful fitness franchises in Europe. It has around 1.6 million members in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Spain

Business Processes

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Industry:

Leisure and tourism

Core Business:

Fitness

Headquarter city:

Hoofddorp (Netherlands)

Employees:

1,500

Website:

https://corporate.basic-fit.com/

The challenge

Preparing to go public

For its IPO, Basic-Fit needed software capable of delivering consistent, reliable data and meeting the requirements of international accounting standards. “When you’re going public, consistent financial data are of the utmost importance. There is only one truth, and it needs to be the same for everyone involved. You can't give your banks and lawyers one set of figures in January and then hand out a brochure with different numbers in it in March. Every party needs to receive the same numbers as all the others,” explains Tino Bijlemeer, International Manager for Reporting and Tax at Basic-Fit International B.V.

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The solution

Data you can rely on

“We work with as few organisational units as possible. The Basic-Fit Nederland BV brand currently comprises a large number of fitness studios in a single company." Since 2011, all of the figures have been consolidated using LucaNet. According to Tino Bijlemeer, LucaNet has satisfied the expectations of people outside of the company, as well. “During the first phase following our IPO, we dealt with two of the ‘Big Four’ auditing companies. Let me tell you, they were pretty impressed with the insights LucaNet offered into our figures. That's exactly why reliable and accessible source data are so crucial.”

For Basic-Fit, the added value of LucaNet takes many shapes and forms, but one of its main benefits is the way it links financial data with non-financial information. "We can analyse performance right down to our individual studios, and the software also gives us insights into other aspects – such as how many full-time equivalents (FTEs) we employ, which contract models are popular in which areas, and which (and how many) additional subscriptions are sold per studio,” Bijlemeer adds.

Basic-Fit uses LucaNet for data collection and analysis, as well. “Big data has been a buzzword for many years now. But data are only useful if they tell us something. LucaNet helps us to convert data into information. The combination of financial and non-financial data is something we can monitor well on many levels: for each country, region, cluster and even studio." 

How LucaNet software benefits Basic-Fit:

  • Transparent figures that are immediately available
  • Financial data that are linked to non-financial information
  • Software that’s easy to use

Further references from the industry Leisure and tourism