Aveanna Healthcare Completes Acquisition of Comfort Care
Expands Aveanna's Adult Home Health and Hospice Operations
ATLANTA, Dec. 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aveanna Healthcare Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAH), a leading, diversified home care platform focused on providing care to medically complex, high-cost patient populations, today announced that it has successfully completed the acquisition of Comfort Care, a leading adult home health and hospice company with operations in Alabama and Tennessee, for $345 million, representing $290 million of value, net of the present value of approximately $55 million in estimated net tax benefits. Comfort Care is expected to be fully integrated into Aveanna during 2022, with the majority of the integration process occurring in the first 180 days.
Founded in 2000, Comfort Care provides both skilled Home Health & Hospice services to the traditional Medicare patient population through a network of 31 locations, primarily throughout the state of Alabama, with a growing presence in Tennessee. Comfort Care generates approximately $100 million in annual revenue on a current run rate basis with approximately 47% of its revenues derived from home health and approximately 53% of its revenues derived from hospice services.
Rod Windley, Executive Chairman of Aveanna, commented: "The addition of Comfort Care advances Aveanna’s strategy of expanding our Home Health and Hospice segment by adding density in demographically attractive markets for skilled adult care services. Comfort Care has an established reputation in Alabama, a growing presence in Tennessee and a strong management team that will allow us to bring Aveanna’s high standards of care to even more patients and families. We’re excited to welcome Comfort Care’s talented professionals and exceptional capabilities to Aveanna, enhancing our ability to serve fast-growing, attractive markets."
Alan G. Parker, Chief Executive Officer of Comfort Care, said: “At Comfort Care, we have always been dedicated to providing our patients the highest level of quality care with empathy and professionalism. We were attracted to Aveanna because they share these same fundamental values. We look forward to continuing to grow and serve as part of the Aveanna family.”
Aveanna funded the Comfort Care acquisition from a combination of sources, including: i) proceeds from a new $415 million term loan closed on December 10, 2021; ii) proceeds from a new $150 million securitization facility closed on November 12, 2021; and iii) cash from the balance sheet.
Edge Healthcare Partners served as Aveanna's financial advisor, and Greenberg Traurig, LLP as its legal advisor. Edgemont Partners served as Comfort Care’s financial advisor and Butler Snow, LLP as its legal advisor.
About Aveanna Healthcare
Aveanna Healthcare is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and has locations in 30 states providing a broad range of pediatric and adult healthcare services including nursing, rehabilitation services, occupational nursing in schools, therapy services, day treatment centers for medically fragile and chronically ill children and adults, home health and hospice services, as well as delivery of enteral nutrition and other products to patients. The Company also provides case management services in order to assist families and patients by coordinating the provision of services between insurers or other payers, physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare providers. In addition, the Company provides respite healthcare services, which are temporary care provider services provided in relief of the patient’s normal caregiver. The Company’s services are designed to provide a high quality, lower cost alternative to prolonged hospitalization. For more information, please visit www.aveanna.com.
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