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May 15, 2014
12:42 EDTKND, HLS, GTIV, AMEDGentiva Health jumps after Kindred makes takeover offer public
Shares of home health services provider Gentiva Health (GTIV) are soaring after Kindred Healthcare (KND) made public its offer to buy Gentiva for $14 per share. Kindred operates hospitals and rehabilitation centers and also has a hospice and home healthcare business. WHAT'S NEW: Kindred earlier today announced that it has offered to buy Gentiva for $7 per share in cash and $7 per share of Kindred's stock. The proposed price for Gentiva implies a total equity value of approximately $533M, Kindred stated. With the assumption of Gentivaís debt, the transaction would be valued at approximately $1.6B, it added. Gentiva is not willing to talk about the proposed transaction at this time, Kindred noted. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors, research firm CRT Capital wrote that Kindred's offer is "a bit high but not unreasonable." Gentiva should accept Kindred's takeover offer, as historically companies have difficulty getting their stock price up to the takeout price after rejecting bids, CRT stated. The firm added that it believes the only other potential bidder, HealthSouth (HLS), is unlikely to make an offer. Kindred's bid is likely to become hostile, added CRT, which kept a Buy rating on Gentiva. Discussing another company in the sector, CRT recommended that investors short the shares of Amedisys (AMED) if the stock rises because the market views it as the next potential takeover target. The firm doesn't expect a bidder for Amedisys to emerge and it kept a Sell rating on that stock. Research firm Raymond James responded to Kindred's offer by upgrading its rating on Gentiva to Market Perform from Underperform. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Gentiva soared 61% to $13.75, Kindred rose 6.5% to $23.35, and Amedisys rose 7.1% to $15.
News For GTIV;KND;AMED;HLS From The Last 14 Days
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November 24, 2014
08:22 EDTHLSHealthSouth to host conference call
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07:57 EDTHLSHealthSouth agrees to acquire Encompass Home Health and Hospice
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November 19, 2014
20:07 EDTKNDKindred Healthcare 5M share Secondary priced at $19.75
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November 17, 2014
07:48 EDTKNDKindred Healthcare files to sell 5M shares of stock and tangible equity units
Kindred Healthcare announced that it has launched concurrent underwritten public offerings of 5,000,000 shares of Kindred's common stock and 150,000 tangible equity units. Each tangible equity unit has a stated amount of $1,000 and is comprised of a prepaid stock purchase contract and a share of mandatory redeemable preferred stock, each issued by the Company. Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC are acting as the joint book-running managers for the concurrent offerings.
November 12, 2014
08:01 EDTKNDKindred Healthcare to acquire Centerre Healthcare for $195M in cash
Kindred Healthcare announced that it has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire Centerre Healthcare Corporation, a national company dedicated to operating Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals, for a purchase price of approximately $195M in cash. Centerre currently operates 11 Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals with 612 beds in partnership with some of the nationís leading acute care hospital systems through joint ventures. Centerre has two additional hospitals with a total of 90 beds under construction and scheduled to open in 2015, and a pipeline of additional potential hospitals in various stages of development.

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