Chennai: Talwalkars Better Value Fitness Ltd, which runs a chain of gymnasiums, has agreed to buy a 50% stake in Chennai-based Zorba, owner of a chain of yoga studios.

This is the fourth acquisition n four months by Talwalkars.

“We will retain the Zorba brand and will invest about 8 crore in this company," said Anant Gawande, chief financial officer of Talwalkars.

The acquisition will be funded by money raised in a 107 crore qualified institutional placement in June.

The Mumbai-based fitness chain bought a 49.5% stake in Sri Lanka-based Power World Gym in October for an undisclosed amount.

A month later it acquired 51% of Chennai-based Inshape Health and Fitnez Pvt. Ltd for an undisclosed amount. It also purchased a 19% stake in health and fitness centre discovery site GymTrekker Fitness for an undisclosed amount.

Talwalkars share’s fell 1.5% to 242.80 on BSE, while the benchmark Sensex declined 0.33% to 24,772.97 points.

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