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Elliott and Veritas team up to buy Athenahealth for $5.7bn

Athenahealth has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Veritas Capital for $135 per share in cash.

Athenahealth is a leading provider of network-enabled services for hospital and ambulatory customers in the States, the sale price of $5.7bn represent a per share purchase price premium of approximately 12 percent over the company’s closing stock price on November 9, 2018

Veritas and Evergreen expect to combine athenahealth with Virence Health, the GE Healthcare Value-based Care assets that Veritas acquired earlier this year. The combined business is expected to be a leading, privately-held healthcare information technology company with an extensive national provider network of customers and world-class products and solutions to help them thrive in an increasingly complex environment.

Following the close of that transaction, the combined company is expected to operate under the athenahealth brand and be headquartered in Watertown, Massachusetts. The company will be led by Virence Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob Segert and an executive leadership team comprised of executives from both companies. Following the completion of the transaction, Virence’s Workforce Management business will become a separate Veritas portfolio company under the API Healthcare brand.

Jeff Immelt, Executive Chairman of athenahealth “After a thorough strategic review process, we have decided to enter this agreement with Veritas, which we believe maximizes value for our shareholders and accelerates our goal to transform healthcare.”

“Combining with Virence will create new opportunities for collaboration and growth. Operating as a private company with Veritas’s ownership and support will provide athenahealth with increased flexibility to achieve our purpose of unleashing our collective potential to transform healthcare.”