Teladoc to Acquire Best Doctors to Provide a Comprehensive Virtual Healthcare Delivery Platform

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PURCHASE, N.Y., June 19, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Teladoc, Inc. (NYSE:TDOC), the nation’s first and largest telehealth platform, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Best Doctors, the world’s leading expert medical consultation company focused on improving health outcomes for the most complex, critical and costly medical issues. Teladoc is creating a new paradigm for how patients access care by delivering a powerful connected care platform – a single solution for addressing a complete spectrum of medical conditions, from non-critical, episodic needs to chronic, complicated medical conditions. By leveraging the proven portfolio of healthcare solutions from both Best Doctors and Teladoc, members will have one simple, virtual, patient-centric way to resolve their healthcare issues, improving outcomes and reducing costs. 

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“Today is a big day for patients and the greater healthcare system. At Teladoc, our vision has always been to provide the central, trusted source for consumers to find resolution to the broadest array of healthcare needs, on their terms,” said Teladoc CEO, Jason Gorevic. “Now with Best Doctors’ network of world-renowned experts in over 450 specialties, global footprint, and exceptional analytic capabilities, we are taking a monumental step towards making that vision a reality.”  

Best Doctors has redefined the standard for addressing high acuity, complex care cases with a patient-centric clinical model proven to drive better outcomes for hundreds of the most high-cost medical conditions. Using advancements in analytics, cognitive computing, and an award-winning patient-centric process, the company brings the brightest minds in medicine to provide answers to the most complex medical concerns for their millions of members. The Best Doctors global network consists of 50,000+ medical experts who are peer-rated in a Gallup-certified poll as the top 5% of physicians in more than 450 medical specialties. In every major region of the world, the suite of Best Doctors solutions plays an important role in population health management, with the ability to monitor, react and positively affect change. 

“By combining data and analytics with a focus on nothing but the highest standard for care, we’ve successfully created a better way for patients and their families across the globe to get resolution to the most life-changing medical conditions,” said Best Doctors CEO, Peter McClennen, who will continue to lead Best Doctors as president of the new division of Teladoc. “Now aligned as one greater organization under Teladoc, the impact we can make together is tremendous, delivering a paradigm shift in care access that comes with a phenomenal patient experience, unprecedented outcomes and cost savings.”

This acquisition builds on Teladoc’s successful track record of acquiring and integrating companies with common purpose, complementary capabilities, and access to new markets. 

Teladoc will marry its award-winning technology, industry-leading engagement capabilities, and robust, scalable platform with Best Doctors’ world-renowned network of medical experts, analytics expertise, patient decision-support, and regional expertise on a global scale. The newly combined company offers a highly differentiated suite of virtual care delivery solutions for a broad range of market segments, spanning the full spectrum of employers to health plans and health systems. Furthermore, Teladoc will now develop and deploy global expansion plans, meeting a broader spectrum of care needs outside the U.S.

Additional Information

  • Hear Teladoc CEO Jason Gorevic’s vision for the combined company here.
  • Learn more about the announcement here.

Transaction Summary
This transaction is expected to close in July 2017 subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. Under the terms of the agreement, the purchase price consists of $375 million cash and $65 million of Teladoc common stock. Teladoc has secured committed financing from Jefferies Finance LLC and Jefferies Group LLC for $360 million, which combined with the company’s cash on hand, will fund the entire cash portion of the transaction. Piper Jaffray & Co. and Jefferies LLC. acted as financial advisors to Teladoc on this transaction and Latham & Watkins LLP acted as Teladoc’s legal advisor. William Blair acted as exclusive financial advisor to Best Doctors and Ropes & Gray LLP acted as Best Doctors’ legal advisor.

Financial Reporting and Business Outlook
Best Doctors generated 2016 revenue of $92.2 million, and generated $23.7 million of revenue for the first three months of 2017. Best Doctors is expected to generate in excess of $100 million in 2017 revenues. Best Doctors generated $5.6 million of net loss and approximately $6.5 million of Adjusted EBITDA in 2016 and $2.1 million of net income and $2.2 million of Adjusted EBITDA for the first three months of 2017. 

  • Teladoc reiterates its previously communicated second quarter 2017 guidance and commitment to achieving adjusted EBITDA break-even in the fourth quarter of 2017 independent of incremental positive contributions from Best Doctors.
     
  • As part of its second quarter earnings report, after the expected close of this transaction, Teladoc …

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