TA Completes Triumph HealthCare Sale

TA Associates has completed its sale of Houston, Texas-based Triumph HealthCare, a long-term acute care hospitals operator, for around $570 million to RehabCare Group Inc. (NYSE: RHB). TA bought Triumph in 2004 in a leveraged deal that included $34.5 million in equity. It had already returned its investment several times over, via a pair of dividend recaps.


RehabCare Group, Inc. (NYSE: RHB) announced today it has completed its merger with Triumph HealthCare Holdings, Inc., a leading developer and operator of long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs) in the U.S. The transaction is RehabCare’s largest investment to date toward the development of its Hospital operations and its strategic vision of creating post-acute continuums of care in markets across the country.

The combined organization delivers post-acute services in more than 1,280 locations in 41 states and represents the fourth largest post-acute hospital operator and the third largest LTACH provider in the U.S.

“Our merger with Triumph is a winning combination, and we are excited to begin the process of blending our strengths to elevate the role of our Hospital division and achieve a more diverse company with the potential to reach more patients in need of specialized, restorative care,” said John H. Short, Ph.D., RehabCare President and Chief Executive Officer.

Based in Houston, Texas, Triumph HealthCare specializes in providing long-term acute care services to medically complex patients, currently operating 20 LTACHs in seven states, with two hospitals scheduled to be added by mid-2010. Brock Hardaway, Triumph HealthCare President and Chief Operating Officer, will lead the combined company’s LTACH business, under the direction of RehabCare Senior Vice President of Hospital Operations Kevin Gross. Mr. Hardaway joined Triumph HealthCare in 2005 and previously managed the operations of over 30 hospitals at Select Medical Corporation.

“Brock brings extensive experience in the industry and has helped position Triumph as the paragon of LTACH management and service delivery,” said Dr. Short. “We look forward to integrating our best practices, technologies and the talents of our now more than 18,000 people as we work toward a common goal of helping people regain their lives.”

The Company stated that the transaction is being financed through a combination of committed bank financing, the net proceeds of the equity offering that closed on November 18, 2009, and cash on hand. Concurrent with the closing of this transaction, the Company closed on a new senior secured credit facility consisting of a $450.0 million term loan B facility and a $125.0 million revolving credit facility.

Founded in 1982, RehabCare (www.rehabcare.com), a St. Louis-based company, is a leading national provider of post-acute services, managing rehabilitation programs in partnership with over 1,250 hospitals and skilled nursing facilities in 41 states and owning and operating 33 rehabilitation and long-term acute care hospitals. RehabCare is included in the Russell 2000 and Standard and Poor’s Small Cap 600 Indices.