Ardent Health Services and LHP Hospital Group Inc have agreed to merge. No financial terms were disclosed for the deal, which is expected to close in early 2017. With the close, the new business will be the second largest private, for-profit hospital operator in the United States with 19 hospitals in six states. Equity financing for the merger will be provided by Ardent’s owner, Equity Group Investments. Plano, Texas-based LHP, established to provide capital and expertise to not-for-profit hospitals and hospital systems, is backed by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and CCMP Capital Advisors.
Ardent Health Services And LHP Hospital Group, Inc. Announce Plans To Merge
Combined Company Will Become Second Largest Private, For-Profit Hospital Operator in the U.S.
Expands Ardent’s National Presence with 19 Hospitals Across Six States and More Than $3 Billion in Revenues
Adds Relationships with Leading Not-For-Profit and Academic Health Systems
NASHVILLE, Tenn. and PLANO, Texas, Oct. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Ardent Health Services (“Ardent” or “the Company”) and LHP Hospital Group, Inc. (“LHP”) today announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which the two companies will merge their operations. The transaction will create the second largest private, for-profit hospital operator in the United States with 19 hospitals across six states and $3 billion in revenues. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Ardent currently operates three health systems with 14 hospitals and employs multi-specialty physicians in nearly 100 clinic locations across New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. LHP operates five acute-care hospitals in Florida, Idaho, New Jersey and Texas with its joint venture partners, which include leading not-for-profit and academic medical centers. LHP’s hospitals include:
Bay Medical Center in Panama City, Florida – a joint venture with Sacred Heart Health System
HUMC Mountainside in Montclair, New Jersey – a joint venture with HackensackUMC, a subsidiary of Hackensack Meridian
HUMC at Pascack Valley in Westwood, New Jersey – a joint venture with HackensackUMC, a subsidiary of Hackensack Meridian
Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho – a joint venture with Portneuf Health Trust, Inc.
Seton Medical Center in Harker Heights, Texas – a joint venture with Seton Healthcare Family
Under the terms of the agreement, Ardent will assume LHP’s management and operational responsibilities within each joint venture partnership. The transaction is not expected to impact the day-to-day operations of the affiliated hospitals.
Through this transaction, Ardent will operate 3,200 patient beds across six states with approximately 18,000 employees, including more than 475 employed physicians. The transaction will diversify and grow the Company’s quality portfolio of hospitals through partnerships with top-tier, not-for-profit and academic health systems.
“This is a transformative growth opportunity for Ardent that will provide significant benefits to each of the communities our companies serve,” said David T. Vandewater, president and CEO of Ardent Health Services. “In addition to combining two organizations with similar operating philosophies and a strong focus on local partnerships and collaboration, this transaction dramatically enhances our scale, diversity and geographic reach – creating new synergies that better position us for future growth and investment in new and existing markets. We look forward to working closely with the outstanding employees, physicians, nurses and partners associated with LHP to advance our shared goals.”
Once complete, the Ardent management team will continue to lead the Company with the assistance of key LHP executives. Ardent will remain headquartered in Nashville.
“LHP’s decisions have always been driven by our commitment to advance our mission of restoring and enhancing the health of our patients,” said John Holland, president and CEO of LHP Hospital Group. “We recognized we had a unique opportunity to accelerate that mission by joining forces with Ardent and tapping into their exceptional resources, skills, track record and reach.”
The transaction is expected to close in early 2017, pending customary regulatory reviews and approvals. Ardent expects to fund the transaction primarily through secured debt financing, as well as through equity capital provided principally by its majority owner, an affiliate of Equity Group Investments (EGI). Ventas, Inc. (NYSE: VTR) has provided a commitment for secured debt financing for the transaction.
Citigroup acted as exclusive financial advisor to LHP in this transaction.
About Ardent Health Services
Ardent Health Services (Ardent) invests in people, technology, facilities and communities, producing high-quality care and extraordinary results. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Ardent’s subsidiaries own and operate acute-care health systems in three service areas in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico that include 14 hospitals and more than 13,000 employees including 375 employed physicians in nearly 100 clinic locations. Ardent facilities exceed national averages in Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating as ranked by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; 91.6 percent of its hospitals received a three-star rating or above in comparison with 76.6 percent of all hospitals ranked. Five of the company’s 14 hospitals were recognized by Modern Healthcare as “Best Places to Work” in 2016 – more than any other system in the country.
Ardent operations are owned by an affiliate of Equity Group Investments (EGI), a Chicago-based private investment firm; Ventas, Inc., a leading real estate investment trust; and members of Ardent’s executive management team. For more information, visit www.ardenthealth.com.
About LHP Hospital Group, Inc.
LHP Hospital Group, Inc. (LHP) is a privately held company established to provide essential capital and expertise to not-for-profit hospitals and hospital systems. In cooperation with local hospitals, LHP forms joint ventures to acquire, own, operate and manage acute care facilities in small cities and select urban markets throughout the United States. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, LHP is owned by affiliates of the private equity firm CCMP Capital Advisors, LLC and the CPP Investment Board as well as certain members of management and the board of directors. For more information, visit www.lhphospitalgroup.com.
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