NASSAU, The Bahamas, Nov. 7, 2011 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) — Steiner Leisure Limited has announced it has completed the acquisition of the assets of Cortiva Group Inc. (“Cortiva”). As announced by Steiner on Oct. 12, 2011, Steiner entered into an agreement to acquire Cortiva, which operates seven post-secondary massage therapy schools with a total of 12 campuses located in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington. The purchase price of the Cortiva acquisition, funded from existing cash and through borrowings under Steiner’s credit facility, was $33 million.
Leonard Fluxman, president and chief executive officer of Steiner Leisure Limited, said, “We are very excited to strategically expand the geographic footprint of our Schools Division with the addition of the highly respected Cortiva group. We look forward to integrating Cortiva with our existing operations and welcoming the Cortiva team to our education group.”
About Steiner Leisure
Steiner Leisure Limited is a worldwide provider and innovator in the fields of beauty, wellness and education. We are dedicated to maintaining the highest quality standards and continually evolving to include and anticipate new developments within our industry. We aim to maintain and expand our existing diverse portfolio of services, products and brands, as well as to seek out new opportunities to complement our business.
Our services include traditional and alternative massage, body and skin treatment options, fitness, acupuncture, herbal medicine, medi-spa treatments and laser hair removal. We are committed to providing our customers with a wide-ranging assortment of beauty products, including premium quality options developed by us under our own brands, as well as those purchased from third parties.
Our distribution channels include our shipboard and land-based spas and salons, destination spas, health clubs, department stores and third party retail outlets and distributors. We also sell our products on certain British Airways flights, on QVC, by catalog and online through our websites, including www.timetospa.com and www.blissworld.com.
Our post secondary schools offer programs in massage therapy and skin care, among others, and, along with our recruiting and training operations, prepare spa professionals for careers in the health and wellness industry, including within the Steiner family of companies.
Our cruise line operations are conducted in spas onboard 155 ships, including Azamara Club Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Lines, Silversea Cruises, Thomson Cruises and Windstar Cruises.
Our land-based spa operations are carried out under our Elemis(R), Mandara(R), Chavana(R), Bliss(R) and Remède(R) brands and take place in 68 locations, including resort spas, urban hotel spas and day spas. In addition, a total of 28 resort and hotel spas are operated under our brands by third parties pursuant to license agreements with the company. Our land-based customers include Caesar’s Entertainment, Hilton Hotels, InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, Kerzner International, Loews Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Nikko Hotels, Planet Hollywood, Sofitel Luxury Hotels, St. Regis Hotels, W Hotels and Resorts and Westin Hotels and Resorts.
Our Ideal Image customized laser hair removal services are provided by highly trained, experienced practitioners through a nationwide network of 71 treatment centers (17 of which are operated by franchisees) across 22 states.
We develop and sell a variety of high quality beauty products under our Elemis, La Therapie(TM), Bliss, Remède, Laboratoire Remède(R) and Jou(R) brands.
Our schools operations consist of 12 post secondary schools (comprised of a total of 30 campuses) located in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Tucson, Arizona; Westminster and Aurora, Colorado; Groton, Newington and Westport, Connecticut; Miami, Orlando, Pompano Beach, Sarasota and Tampa/St. Pete, Florida; Chicago, Crystal Lake and Woodridge, Illinois; Baltimore, Maryland; Boston, Massachusetts; Las Vegas, Nevada; Hoboken and Wall, New Jersey; King of Prussia and York, Pennsylvania; Dallas, Texas; Salt Lake City and Lindon, Utah; Charlottesville, Virginia; and Federal Way and Seattle, Washington. Offering programs in massage therapy and, in some cases, skin care, these schools train and qualify spa professionals for health and beauty positions within the industry, including our own operations.
As part of our employee recruitment operations for our shipboard spas, we provide education to our shipboard employees through our rigorous training programs, at our primary training facilities near London, England or one of our satellite training centers in South Africa and the Philippines. These employees are sourced primarily from the British Isles, Australia, South Africa, Southeast Asia, Canada, the Caribbean and continental Europe.