Buyer: Blackstone Group, Carlyle Group and Hellman & Friedman LLC
Sector: Medical Supply
The global medical supply and equipment company Medline says it has agreed to be acquired by a group of private equity firms
BOSTON — A consortium of private equity firms has reached a deal — reportedly worth about $34 billion — to acquire family-run Medline, the medical supply and equipment company announced Saturday.
The leveraged buyout’s value was reported by The Wall Street Journal, which said the acquiring firms — Blackstone Group, Carlyle Group and Hellman & Friedman LLC — had beat out a rival bid from Brookfield Asset Management, a Canadian investing firm.
Northfield, Illinois-based Medline Industries, one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of health care products like devices, medical clothing and bandages, logged $17.5 billion in revenue in 2020. The privately held company, founded in 1910 by A.J. Mills, is still led by the Mills family.
The company will continue to be led by the Mills family, who will remain the largest single shareholder, after the company is purchased, according to a statement from Blackstone. The deal is expected to be completed in late 2021 and is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions
Blackstone and Medline both said in statements Saturday that Medline’s entire senior management team will remain in place. Medline said the company plans to use the new resources from the deal to expand its product offerings, accelerate international expansion and make infrastructure investments to strengthen its global supply chain.
“This investment from some of the world’s most experienced and successful private investment firms will enable us to accelerate that strategy while preserving the family-led culture that is core to our success,” said Medline CEO Charlie Mills in a statement.
GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, is also investing as part of the partnership, according to the statement.
The M&A market for healthcare companies continues to strengthen in 2021 and ahead of the projected increases in US capital gains taxes. There is unprecedented capital in market, the lowest interest rates in US history and strong acquirer motivations for high quality healthcare companies. Across the continuum of care, buyers and investors are looking for well established, profitable businesses and offering strong valuations and options for management.
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