LGP and Ares-led investor group buy Press Ganey Associates

An investor consortium led by Leonard Green & Partners LP and Ares Management Corporation has acquired Press Ganey Associates Inc, a provider of safety, quality, patient experience and workforce engagement solutions for healthcare organizations. No financial terms were disclosed. GIC, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority are other investors that participated in this transaction. Press Ganey was backed by EQT,

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BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Press Ganey Associates, Inc., a leading provider of safety, quality, patient experience and workforce engagement solutions for healthcare organizations, announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition by private equity funds managed by affiliates of Ares Management Corporation (NYSE: ARES, “Ares”) and Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. (“LGP”), together with investment partners GIC, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (“BCI”), and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (“ADIA”). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We are excited to work with Ares and LGP, two of the leading private equity firms worldwide, to expand on our vision to improve the overall experience of care through innovative solutions and complementary acquisitions,” said Patrick T. Ryan, Executive Chairman of Press Ganey. “We appreciate the tremendous partnership we have had with EQT and the considerable impact we have been able to make on the health care industry. Today marks another milestone in Press Ganey’s journey toward achieving safe, high quality, patient centered care.”

“We look forward to supporting Press Ganey’s mission through expansion of their transformational portfolio, which has potential for broad application across the healthcare industry,” said Pete Zippelius, Partner, Leonard Green & Partners.

“There is significant opportunity to drive improvement across the continuum of care through a shared view of the overall experience of both patients and caregivers,” said Kevin Ryan, Partner in the Ares Private Equity Group. “We are proud to be part of developing solutions that make a difference in people’s lives every day.”

“Press Ganey has helped to redefine the approach to patient-centered care through its work with leading providers across the US,” said Eric Liu, Partner at EQT Partners, Investment Advisor to EQT VII. “It has been a pleasure to work with this dedicated team of professionals to deliver thought leadership and product innovation that improve the overall experience of care.”

About Press Ganey
Press Ganey pioneered the healthcare performance improvement movement more than 30 years ago. Today Press Ganey offers an integrated suite of solutions that enable enterprise transformation across the patient journey. Delivered through a cutting-edge digital platform built on a foundation of data security, Press Ganey solutions address safety, clinical excellence, patient experience, and workforce engagement. The company works with more than 41,000 healthcare facilities in its mission to reduce patient suffering and enhance caregiver resilience to improve the overall safety, quality, and experience of care.

About Ares Management Corporation
Ares Management Corporation is a publicly traded, leading global alternative asset manager with approximately $137 billion of assets under management as of March 31, 2019 and 18 offices in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. Since its inception in 1997, Ares has adhered to a disciplined investment philosophy that focuses on delivering strong risk-adjusted investment returns throughout market cycles. Ares believes each of its three distinct but complementary investment groups in Credit, Private Equity and Real Estate is a market leader based on assets under management and investment performance. Ares was built upon the fundamental principle that each group benefits from being part of the greater whole. For more information, visit www.aresmgmt.com.

About Leonard Green & Partners, L.P.
Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. is a leading private equity investment firm founded in 1989 and based in Los Angeles. The firm partners with experienced management teams and often with founders to invest in market-leading companies. Since inception, LGP has invested in over 90 companies in the form of traditional buyouts, going-private transactions, recapitalizations, growth equity, and selective public equity and debt positions. LGP primarily focuses on companies providing services, including consumer, business, and healthcare services, as well as retail, distribution, and industrials. For more information, please visit www.leonardgreen.com.

About GIC
GIC is a leading global investment firm established in 1981 to manage Singapore’s foreign reserves. As a disciplined long-term value investor, GIC is uniquely positioned for investments across a wide range of asset classes, including equities, fixed income, private equity, real estate and infrastructure. In private equity, GIC invests through funds as well as directly in companies, partnering with its fund managers and management teams to help world class businesses achieve their objectives. GIC has investments in over 40 countries and has been investing in emerging markets for more than two decades. Headquartered in Singapore, GIC employs over 1,500 people across 10 offices in key financial cities worldwide. For more information on GIC, please visit www.gic.com.sg or LinkedIn.

About British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI)
With C$145.6 billion of managed net assets, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI) is one of Canada’s largest institutional investors within the global capital markets. Based in Victoria, British Columbia, BCI is a long-term investor that invests in all major asset classes including private equity. BCI’s clients include public sector pension plans, public trusts, and insurance funds. Visit BCI.ca for more information.

About ADIA
Established in 1976, ADIA is a globally-diversified investment institution that prudently invests funds on behalf of the Government of Abu Dhabi through a strategy focused on long-term value creation. ADIA has invested in private equity since 1989 and has built a significant internal team of specialists with experience across asset products, geographies and sectors. Through its extensive relationships across the industry, the Private Equity Department invests in private equity and credit products globally, often alongside external partners, and through externally managed primary and secondary funds. Its philosophy is to build long-term, collaborative relationships with its partners and company management teams to maximize value and support the implementation of agreed strategies.

About EQT
EQT is a leading investment firm with more than EUR 61 billion in raised capital across 29 funds and around EUR 40 billion in assets under management. EQT funds have portfolio companies in Europe, Asia and the US with total sales of more than EUR 21 billion and approximately 127,000 employees. EQT works with portfolio companies to achieve sustainable growth, operational excellence and market leadership. More info: www.eqtpartners.com