Ayelet Buys Conmed Healthcare for $57.2M

Ayelet Investments has acquired publicly traded Conmed Healthcare Management, a provider of correctional facility healthcare services, for $3.85 per share in cash, or approximately $57.2 million. Financing for the deal comes from Ayelet and from Los Angeles-based private equity firm Levine Leichtman Capital Partners. The deal is expected to close during the third quarter.


Conmed Healthcare Management, Inc. (NYSE Amex: CONM), a leading full service provider of correctional facility healthcare services to county and municipal detention centers, today announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by Ayelet Investments LLC, an affiliate of James H. Desnick, M.D., for $3.85 per share in cash, or an aggregate purchase price of approximately $57.2 million. The board of directors of Conmed has unanimously approved the transaction.

Richard W. Turner, Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer of Conmed, said, “The Company is well positioned for this next phase of development.”

The transaction has fully committed financing to be provided by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, a Los Angeles, California based private equity firm with approximately $5.0 billion of assets under management, and Ayelet Investments and its affiliates. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2011, subject to the satisfaction of a number of closing conditions, including the approval of Conmed’s stockholders and other customary closing conditions.

Gleacher & Company Securities, Inc. is acting as the financial advisor and Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP as the legal advisor to Conmed. Winston & Strawn LLP is acting as the legal advisor to Dr. Desnick, Ayelet and their affiliates. Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP is acting as the legal advisor to Levine Leichtman Capital Partners.

About Conmed
Conmed has provided correctional healthcare services since 1984, beginning in the State of Maryland, and currently serves county and municipal adult and juvenile correctional facilities in nine states, including Arizona, Kansas, Maryland, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington. For more information, visit us at www.conmedinc.com.

Additional Information About This Transaction
Conmed intends to file a proxy statement in connection with the stockholder meeting to be called to vote on approval of the proposed merger. The proxy statement will be mailed to Conmed’s stockholders. Conmed’s stockholders are urged to read the proxy statement and other relevant materials when they become available because they will contain important information about the merger. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of these documents (when they are available) and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Conmed on its corporate website at www.conmedinc.com.

Conmed’s officers and directors may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Conmed’s stockholders with respect to the merger. Information about Conmed’s executive officers and directors, and their ownership of Conmed common stock, is set forth in the proxy statement for Conmed’s 2011 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 22, 2011. Additional information regarding the direct and indirect interests of Conmed’s executive officers and directors in the merger will be set forth in the proxy statement regarding the proposed merger, which will be filed by Conmed with the SEC. Copies of these documents may be obtained, free of charge, as described above.