Mindbody, a leading wellness experience technology platform, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire ClassPass, a monthly subscription service providing access to an extensive network of fitness and wellness experiences. The deal will bring two prominent wellness industry companies together, creating a one-stop shop for both business owners and consumers.
“This acquisition comes at a pivotal time for the wellness industry as it continues to rebound from COVID-19 related closures – and local and authentic experiences are more important to people than ever,” said Josh McCarter, CEO of Mindbody. “Our companies share a singular focus on bringing wellness experiences to more people, in more places. By leveraging the best of both companies’ technology and expertise, we are more committed than ever to providing studios with best-in-class tools to help them grow and thrive, while also driving more consumers to their businesses.”
In conjunction with the acquisition, Mindbody has secured a strategic investment of $500 million (USD) from a group led by Sixth Street, a leading global investment firm. Prior Sixth Street investments include Airbnb, Datavant, Legends, MDLive, the San Antonio Spurs, Spotify and Sprinklr. This investment, together with the continued support of Mindbody’s majority investor and partner, Vista Equity Partners, will help further accelerate the company’s growth and build upon product innovations and investments that have been made over the course of the pandemic.
Mindbody’s intent to acquire ClassPass comes on the heels of recent research and data from both companies that proves consumers are getting back to in-person wellness experiences as studios reopen. Nearly eighty percent of consumers feel wellness is more important than ever. Additionally, several markets that have fully reopened are seeing bookings on the Mindbody platform rebounding to pre-COVID levels and ClassPass consumer usage is at one-hundred-and-ten percent of pre-COVID usage for subscribers who have gone back to class.
For business owners, ClassPass offers data-driven, machine learning-based SmartTools that help studios to manage excess inventory and market unsold spots. percent visit a new studio for the first time using the platform.
“The ClassPass network includes many businesses already working with Mindbody. By combining our respective operations, we will create more seamless integrations and unlock new revenue opportunities for business owners using both services, while continuing to support all fitness, salon and spa businesses who choose to work with Mindbody or ClassPass,” said Fritz Lanman, ClassPass CEO. “For consumers using our marketplace and professionals enrolled in the ClassPass Corporate Program, our goal is to create greater choice and flexibility in the experiences they can book.”
The acquisition will be an all-stock deal at a non-disclosed price and will integrate both teams—with ClassPass continuing to operate its app and website. Upon closing of the deal, Lanman will serve as President of ClassPass and Mindbody Marketplace, working alongside McCarter and Mindbody’s executive team.
“Since the founding of ClassPass, our north star has always been how we can help people discover and seamlessly book soul-nurturing experiences,” said ClassPass founder Payal Kadakia. “This acquisition will be a massive milestone for a female-founded company, and I am confident in the leadership of Josh McCarter and my long-time business partner Fritz Lanman to propel the business forward and continue to deliver a best-in-class experience for consumers and business owners alike.”