Industry News • April 4, 2016
BRENTWOOD, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AAC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAC), through its operating subsidiary, American Addiction Centers, Inc., completed the previously announced acquisition of Wetsman Forensic Medicine, L.L.C (d/b/a Townsend) and its affiliates for $13.5 million in cash and $8.5 million in restricted shares of AAC Holdings’ common stock. The cash portion of the transaction was funded from borrowings on the Company’s Deerfield subordinated debt facility.
“Louisiana is an important state for us, and this footprint of in-network outpatient facilities, residential beds, and an in-network lab, together with Townsend’s innovative treatment methods, will allow us to treat a broader client base as well as serve other in-network facilities.”
AAC also announced that it has commenced construction on a new 11,000-square-foot in-network lab in Slidell that is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2016 and replace the existing Townsend in-network lab.
“We are excited to close this transaction and bring the Townsend team into the AAC family,” said Michael Cartwright, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AAC Holdings. “Louisiana is an important state for us, and this footprint of in-network outpatient facilities, residential beds, and an in-network lab, together with Townsend’s innovative treatment methods, will allow us to treat a broader client base as well as serve other in-network facilities.”
Founded in 2009 by Dr. Howard Wetsman and CEO Michael Handley, Townsend is a leading substance abuse treatment provider in Louisiana that operates seven in-network outpatient centers that deliver intensive outpatient treatment as well as a 32-bed in-network facility located in Scott, Louisiana that has 20 beds licensed for detoxification and inpatient treatment. Townsend also operates an in-network lab that services these facilities. Dr. Wetsman and Mr. Handley are joining AAC along with the Townsend staff.
Townsend generated revenue of approximately $14.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. While Adjusted EBITDA is currently minimal, the Company expects to generate approximately $3 million of Adjusted EBITDA in the first twelve months of ownership. AAC anticipates utilizing the in-network lab to continue servicing Townsend’s current lab customers and to begin servicing AAC’s in-network outpatient and residential facilities in Florida, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.
About American Addiction Centers
American Addiction Centers is a leading provider of inpatient substance abuse treatment services. AAC treats clients who are struggling with drug addiction, alcohol addiction, and co-occurring mental/behavioral health issues. AAC currently operate 26 substance abuse treatment facilities. Located throughout the United States, these facilities are focused on delivering effective clinical care and treatment solutions. For more information, please find us at AmericanAddictionCenters.org or follow us on Twitter @AAC_Tweet.
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