Ardent Leisure sells bowling division to help bolster theme parks

DREAMWORLD’S parent company Ardent Leisure has announced it has agreed to sell its Bowling & Entertainment division to the new owners of Timezone for $160 million.

Ardent announced the sale to The Entertainment and Education Group in a statement to the ASX on Wednesday.

The sale frees up a stack of cash for Ardent to bolster its theme parks following last year’s tragedy at Dreamworld which saw attendances slump.


News of the sale pushed Ardent’s shares up 20.5¢, or 11.9 per cent. The sale is expected to be completed next year.

The Entertainment and Education Group – jointly owned by Quadrant Private Equity and the Steinberg family – only acquired the assets of Timezone Group last month.