Searchlight Capital Lands Majority Stake in Care Advantage

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Funds suggested by Searchlight Capital Companions have reached an settlement to amass a majority stake in Care Benefit, one of many largest in-home care corporations within the Mid-Atlantic area.

Phrases of the transaction weren’t disclosed.

Based over three a long time in the past, Care Benefit presents a spread of in-home care companies to sufferers throughout Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Delaware. The Richmond, Virginia-based firm cared for roughly 12,000 sufferers in 2020.

“Care Benefit is important to the well being of its communities and the broader well being care ecosystem,” Eric Zinterhofer, a founding companion at Searchlight, mentioned in a press release. “Its caregivers are particular people who serve the senior inhabitants and allow the paradigm shift from ‘sick care’ to ‘well being care.’”

With workplaces in New York, London and Toronto, Searchlight is a worldwide personal funding agency with over $8 billion in belongings beneath administration. Spanish-language media firm Univision is amongst its present investments, as is British boots designer Hunter Boot and Mitel, a worldwide supplier of voice and unified communications companies.

The PE agency’s majority stake in Care Benefit shall be its first for a well being care supplier.

“Well being care was one thing they needed to take extra of a daring step into,” Care Benefit CEO Tim Hanold informed House Well being Care Information. “They get it. They perceive the significance of residence care and the broader well being care ecosystem.”

Searchlight is buying Care Benefit from BelHealth Funding Companions. The well being care-focused funding agency has been the house care supplier’s primary PE backer since January 2017, serving to Hanold and his workforce execute a minimum of a dozen acquisitions throughout that point.

“We had an excellent run with BelHealth,” Hanold mentioned.

Care Benefit considers itself a “home of manufacturers” that operates beneath quite a lot of completely different names all through its native markets. As of March, the supplier had almost 40 whole places throughout its geographic footprint.

Whereas Care Benefit accomplished quite a lot of transactions in 2018 and 2019, it largely paused M&A exercise final 12 months as a result of COVD-19 pandemic and different components. The supplier plans to restart its development engine once more following the brand new funding from Searchlight, each “in its personal yard” and in different strategic markets, Hanold urged.

Searchlight closed a $3.4 billion fund final November, its third raised since being based in 2010.

“They’ve been doing their analysis on well being care and residential take care of properly over a 12 months,” Hanold famous. “They’ve a really wholesome steadiness sheet that can assist us develop organically and thru acquisitions.”

Searchlight was suggested by Latham & Watkins and Edgemont Companions. Care Benefit was suggested by Moomjian Waite & Coleman, Norton Rose Fulbright and Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.

“We’re excited to companion with Tim and the management workforce to develop the enterprise and assist its acquisitive development technique,” Phil Bacal, managing director at Searchlight, mentioned. “We’re assured that Care Benefit is properly positioned to learn from robust natural development within the sector over the long run. The senior inhabitants more and more wants lower-cost caregiving alternate options that permit them to age comfortably in their very own properties.”

Tuesday’s information continues the development of personal fairness funding in home-based care.

On its finish, Care Benefit had obtained a number of M&A curiosity prior to now 12 months, partly resulting from its progressive, value-based care method to working with its payer companions. There have been loads of fascinating alternatives, however finally the timing wasn’t proper till now, Hanold defined.

A lot of that curiosity was pushed by potential PE consumers, however Care Benefit moreover obtained the eye of extra strategic-type consumers. Consumers of all sizes and styles have set their sights on residence care, recognizing the more and more essential function suppliers’ are taking part in all through the continuum of care.

“It was a wholesome mix,” Hanold mentioned.

The transaction is topic to receipt of customary regulatory approvals and is anticipated to shut later this 12 months.

“This can undoubtedly be an accelerator for us,” Hanold mentioned. “In 2020, a number of corporations form of hit the [dealmaking] ‘pause button’ just a little bit. However we had been nonetheless very actively constructing our M&A pipeline, so we have now a really actionable pipeline that we’re going to have the ability to actually transfer swiftly on right here in 2021 and past.”

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