Caisse de dépôt lends $113 mln to CD&R’s Carestream Dental

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec has provided US$113 million in loans to Carestream Dental, an Atlanta, Georgia-based maker of imaging systems and practice management software for dental offices. The Caisse said it is collaborating in the growth financing with Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), a U.S. private equity firm. CD&R and CareCapital Advisors, a part of Hillhouse Capital Management, struck a deal to acquire Carestream Dental from Carestream Health earlier in 2017. The deal closed this month. Carestream Health has been owned by Canadian private equity firm Onex Corp since 2007.

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CDPQ invests USD 113 million to support the growth of Carestream Dental

MONTRÉAL, Sept. 5, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Today, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) announced that it has provided a total of USD 113 million of loans to Carestream Dental, a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of imaging systems and practice management software for general and specialist dental offices globally. CDPQ is collaborating in the financing under the leadership of Carestream Dental’s majority owners Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), a private investment firm, with which CDPQ has been partnered since 2004.

“Carestream Dental’s offering responds to core demands in the health industry, including the need for faster and more efficient services from dental health professionals. With the industry’s ongoing transition to digital dental health records and images, Carestream is a company well-positioned to succeed and expand across markets,” said Marc Cormier, Executive Vice-President, Fixed Income at CDPQ. “By collaborating with CD&R – a reliable and experienced partner to CDPQ – we’re continuing our strategy of investing with the best industry players to generate long-term value.”

Carestream Dental’s products are used by seven out of ten practitioners in the dental health sector, and deliver more precise diagnoses, improved workflows and superior patient care. The company, which has 1,500 employees worldwide, was recently purchased by a group led by CD&R, which will support the company as it expands its products and services to new markets.

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