Centene divesting Spanish, central European companies

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In one other spherical of divestitures, Centene might be promoting off its Spanish and central European companies to French hospital operator Vivalto Santé for an undisclosed sum, in a transaction anticipated to shut earlier than the top of the yr.

Centene framed the transfer as a part of a assessment of “strategic options” for its worldwide portfolio. It follows the divestiture in Could of two of its pharmacy companies, Magellan Rx and PANTHERx Uncommon, for $2.8 billion.

The businesses being offered embody Spanish healthcare supplier and hospital operator Ribera Salud; Torrejón Salud, a public-private partnership in the neighborhood of Madrid, which is operated by Ribera Salud; and Professional Diagnostics Group, a subsidiary of Ribera Salud, which owns clinics offering radiology and different providers in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.


Vivalto Santé is the third-largest personal hospital firm in France, working greater than 50 personal hospitals, and is managed by Vivalto Companions, a European personal fairness agency devoted to the healthcare business.

Greater than 1,000 docs are additionally shareholders of the group, leading to a twin possession and governance mannequin.

Vivalto Santé grew to become the primary “Société à Mission” within the sector – the French equal of a Licensed B Company. Its mission is “to look after and accompany sufferers alongside their care pathway and their lives” and “to empower caregivers by emphasizing workforce spirit, favorable working circumstances {and professional} inclusion.” Roughly 35% of the workers are shareholders of the corporate.

Centene intends to make use of nearly all of the online proceeds from the sale to repurchase inventory and the steadiness to cut back debt. The transaction is anticipated to be impartial to Centene’s adjusted diluted earnings per share within the 12-month interval post-closing.


When Centene offered off its pharmacy companies earlier this yr, it framed the strikes as the following step in its ongoing portfolio assessment. They observe the corporate’s plan, introduced final yr, to exit the pharmacy profit administration (PBM) area.

In the meantime, in June, the corporate agreed to pay $13.7 million to New Mexico to settle an investigation into its subsidiaries’ inflationary pricing and reporting of pharmacy advantages within the state’s Medicaid program, which is overseen by the state’s Human Companies Division.
Centene, among the many largest Medicaid managed care organizations within the U.S., was accused of submitting inaccurate billing requests to the state in its capability as pharmacy profit supervisor, based on the New Mexico Legal professional Basic’s workplace.

The investigation targeted on issues that Centene was layering charges and never passing on retail reductions to New Mexico’s Medicaid program, additionally known as Centennial Care.

It was solely in January that Centene closed on its acquisition of Magellan Well being. The acquisition was meant to permit Centene to offer elevated entry to behavioral healthcare, in gentle of the continuing challenges of People scuffling with psychological or behavioral well being points. There was no discuss on the time of divesting Magellan’s pharmacy advantages enterprise.

The aim of the transaction was twofold: offering complete and built-in healthcare and producing worth for companions and shareholders. Centene initially signaled its intent to snag Magellan in January 2021 in a deal valued at an estimated $2.2 billion.


“This transaction represents one other vital milestone in our price creation plan and ongoing portfolio assessment,” stated Centene CEO Sarah London. “We’re happy to have discovered a number one European healthcare companion in Vivalto Santé, who we consider is finest positioned to drive development and make extra investments in Ribera Salud, Torrejón, and PDG, to allow them to proceed offering high-quality look after sufferers throughout Europe.”

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