It’s hump day, readers!
Today’s rundown includes a new pharma services company headed to the auction block as another player in the sector partners with WindRose Health Investors, plus reports of CVC Capital Partner’s $20 billion-plus proposal to take Japan’s Toshiba private.
Avista Capital Partners is gearing up for a sale of United BioSource Corporation, the provider of pharmaceutical support services it carved out from Express Scripts over three years ago, people familiar with the matter told PE Hub.
While a process has not yet launched, Jefferies has been mandated for sell-side financial advice, the sources said. Significant sponsor interest is anticipated.
One of UBC’s three businesses provides outsourced patient support and hub services, which help patients efficiently access drug therapies, clinical education and care coordination. UBC also operates a contract research organization for late-stage research, as well as generates and analyzes real-world evidence to enable safer and more effective medical treatments.
While UBC is more diverse, sources likened UBC’s hub services arm to that of CareMetx. In January, Vistria Group sold a majority stake in CareMetx to General Atlantic, generating an approximately 4.8x return on its initial investment, a source with knowledge of the matter told PE Hub.
Elsewhere in pharma services, WindRose announced this morning the completion of an equity recapitalization of Versitat Group, a global clinical research organization (CRO). The company’s outsourced services to biotech and pharma sponsors include strategic consulting, regulatory affairs, clinical operations, biostatistics, data management, medical writing, and pharmacovigilance. Read PE Hub’s brief on the deal.
Big one: Confirming various media reports, Japan’s Toshiba Corp. confirmed Wednesday it had it had received a buyout proposal for acquisition from CVC Capital Partners. The company said it planned to “ask for further clarification and give it careful consideration” and “make further a further announcement in due course.”
The Nikkei was the first to report on the proposal, writing that CVC is evaluating more than $20 billion deal, which would represent a 30 percent premium over the Japanese industrial group’s share price. Read the report here.
Bloomberg wrote that Toshiba’s association with sensitive industries – including its deep involvement in decommissioning the wrecked Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant – could complicate government approval for a sale to a foreign entity. CVC was said to have completed a 21.3 billion-euro ($24 billion) fundraising for its eighth flagship fund last year, the Bloomberg report said.
According to WSJ, which cited data from Dealogic, the deal would be one of the largest leveraged buyouts in history and possibly the largest in Asia, rivaling the 2018 deal led by Bain Capital to acquire Toshiba’s flash-memory unit.
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