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Lower Middle Market Weekly Outlook

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According to a NYTimes article last week, private equity firms have been drawn to urgent care centers around the country. Whether it is in response to the Affordable Care Act or because the “Doc in a Box” business draws an estimated $14.5 billion, there appears to be a cultural shift in their favor. Apparently, the “race is on to build large chains with powerful, national brands — a McDonald’s or a Gap of health care,” wrote Creswell in her NYT article.  Maybe there will be a dollar menu, too.

Hospitals, the big brothers of these urgent care clinics, have found the M&A strategy less favorable. There have been recent challenges to some large hospital mergers, namely the Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital of 1994.

In other news, it was a record first half for exits, but ‘meh’ for private equity deals.

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This week in history… Johnson Controls, Inc. makes a bid of $1.35 billion to acquire Prince Holding Corporation (1996).

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