TPG Growth’s travel nurse platform explores sale, Gores’ Mark Stone on the SPAC frenzy

SPACs are not slowing down in new year and TPG Growth mulls sale of Medical Solutions.

It’s hump day, everybody.

In case you haven’t noticed, the flurry of SPAC issuances and business combinations hasn’t slowed in the first weeks of the year. SPACs this month alone raised nearly $20 billion across 67 blank check companies – a tally and value surpassing all of 2019.

On the heels of the largest SPAC deal in history, The Gores Group’s Mark Stone told PE Hub he expects a bifurcation of winners and losers to emerge in the market.

There’s bound to be disappointments amid the proliferation of the vehicle, the senior managing director said when asked about the historically poor returns delivered by SPACs: “The number of SPACs are larger than number of companies that deserve to go public.”
Completed just a few days ago, Gores took United Wholesale Mortgage public on the NYSE at a $16 billion value.

Many SPACs in the latest wave have combined with upstarts that can’t go public through a traditional IPO route, making UWM, an established nonbank mortgage underwriter for brokers, one of the outliers.

Read more insights from Stone on PE Hub.

When hospital utilization is booming: As seen through the covid period, that equates to a boost in demand for temporary nurse staffing.

As such, TPG Growth is exploring the sale of one growing business in the sector, Medical Solutions. In a transaction completed in June 2017, the growth capital arm of TPG acquired Medical Solutions at an approximately $500 million value, according to previous media reports.

Under TPG Growth, which bought a majority stake from Beecken Petty O’Keefe, a transformative M&A playbook has helped fuel growth in the business. Omaha, Nebraska-based Medical Solutions’ compound annual growth rate was 20 percent over the past five years, an August announcement said.

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