Cardinal Health to acquire Assuramed medical supplies distributor

DUBLIN, Ohio, Feb. 15, 2013 —Cardinal Health has announced plans to acquire privately held AssuraMed, a leading provider of medical supplies to patients in the home, for $2.07 billion, or $1.94 billion net of the present value of tax benefits. 

The acquisition will be financed with a combination of $1.3 billion in new senior unsecured notes and the remainder in cash.  The transaction is expected to close by early April 2013.

“AssuraMed is a natural extension of the Cardinal Health businesses and of our mission to be essential to care,” said George Barrett, chairman and chief executive officer of Cardinal Health.  ” The acquisition of this industry leader allows us to serve the growing number of Americans treated in home settings – particularly those patients recovering from acute episodes and those suffering with chronic diseases.  This is a platform opportunity for Cardinal Health products and services which will be increasingly important as the delivery of care migrates to more cost-effective settings,” 

With annual sales in calendar year 2012 of approximately $1 billion, which includes the sales of the recently acquired Invacare Supply Group, AssuraMed currently serves more than 1 million patients nationally with more than 30,000 products.