Louisville, Kentucky based Kindred Healthcare yesterday (5-15-14) announced a bid to buy all of the outstanding shares of common stock of home health giant Gentiva Health Services. This comes after a merger offer by Kindred was rejected by Atlanta based Gentiva’s board of directors. This value of the purchase, including assumption of Gentiva’s debt, would be $1.6 billion according to Kindred.
Gentiva’s stock price exploded with the announcement, going up 63% in the first couple hours of trading.
Kindred is the largest post-acute care provider in the U.S., reporting first quarter revenue of $1.3 billion, a 2% increase over the year-ago quarter. The company’s strategy includes a commitment to growing its Care Management division, which houses home health and hospice operations.
Gentiva is the nation’s largest provider of home health and hospice services. It reported revenue of $487.5 million for the first quarter, an increase of 17% over first quarter 2013, and is expecting net revenue of from $1.9 billion to $2.1 billion for 2014. It acquired private Harden Healthcare Holdings Inc. last September for about $409 million.
The combined company would:
- Serve nearly 127,000 patients per day;
- Operate in 47 states;
- Employ approximately 110,000 individuals, making it the 78th largest private employer in the United States;
- Deliver pro forma annual revenues of approximately $7.2 billion; and
- Generate pro forma EBITDAR of nearly $1 billion.