Centene signs definitive agreement to divest Spanish and Central European businesses

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | July 26, 2022 Business Affairs European News
ST. LOUIS, July 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) announced today that as part of its previously announced review of strategic alternatives for its international portfolio, it has signed a definitive agreement to sell to Vivalto Santé its Spanish and Central European businesses, which include:

Ribera Salud, a healthcare provider in Spain, which operates hospitals and provides other healthcare services, including through public-private partnerships; Torrejón Salud (Torrejón), a public-private partnership in the Community of Madrid which is operated by Ribera Salud; and Pro Diagnostics Group (PDG), a subsidiary of Ribera Salud, which owns clinics providing radiology and other services in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

"This transaction represents another significant milestone in our value creation plan and ongoing portfolio review," said Sarah London, CEO of Centene. "We are pleased to have found a leading European healthcare partner in Vivalto Santé, who we believe is best positioned to drive growth and make additional investments in Ribera Salud, Torrejón, and PDG, so they can continue providing high-quality care for patients across Europe."

Vivalto Santé is the third-largest private hospital company in France, operating more than 50 private hospitals, and is controlled by Vivalto Partners, a European private equity firm dedicated to the healthcare industry. Over 1,000 doctors are also shareholders of the group, providing a unique dual ownership and governance model. Vivalto Santé has pioneered social impact in the private hospital sector in France by becoming the first "Société à Mission" (French equivalent of a Certified B Corporation) in the sector, incorporating in its by-laws a clear "raison d'être" vis- à -vis patients "to care for and accompany patients along their care pathway and their lives" and vis-à-vis employees "to empower caregivers by emphasizing team spirit, favorable working conditions and professional inclusion." Approximately 35% of the employees are shareholders of the company.

Barclays is serving as financial advisor to Centene, and Garrigues and Havel Partners are serving as its legal counsel. Latham & Watkins is serving as legal counsel to Vivalto Partners.

Centene intends to use the majority of the net proceeds from the sale to repurchase stock and the balance to reduce debt. The transaction is expected to be neutral to Centene's adjusted diluted earnings per share in the 12-month period post-closing.

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