Wednesday, May 09, 2012

AUA Private Equity Partners LLC and Topspin Partners co-investing into Brighter Dental Care; Owner-operators of clinics are brothers Todd and Scott Singer.

Have these folks not been paying attention to Church Street Health Mangement-Arcapita-CIT-American Capital-Small Smiles deal?  What about Valor Investment Partners, and Richard Malouf in Texas?!!I In coming days they will swear up and down they don’t own anything, they just give our money to folks who say have Management Service Agreements with clinics. AUA Private Equity and Topspin Parnters, you better have attorney’s look over this more carefully. Hint: Don’t use Waller Lansden… Not until you need a sweet deal  the the DOJ, then they are your guys. Just saying… Todd and Scott, this is to you, take the money and run..fast as you can! I bet I know what you did, but do they?
AUA Private Equity Partners LLC, New York-based private equity firm, introduced the Topspin team to the deal and co-invested. The owner-operators of the company, brothers Todd and Scott Singer, retained large equity stakes in the company.
 
From the folks at PE Hub:
Topspin Partners LBO, a lower mid-market buyout shop, has made a substantial investment in Brighter Dental Care, a chain of dental practices in New Jersey, Buyouts reported earlier, citing firm Managing Director Leigh Randall .
The company’s seven practices perform general dental, periodontic, orthodontic, endodontic and oral surgery procedures, and employs a business model in which the patient spends more time with the dentist early on than is customary at a typical practice in order to plan long-term care, Randall said. The company’s enterprise value is between $10 million and $50 million, he said.
“It’s very much a ‘Let’s see what the state of your oral is,’” Randall said. “It’s not just about a getting a dental cleaning.”
Roslyn Heights, N.Y.-based Topspin typically invests $5 million to $10 million of equity in its deals, and is about 60 percent invested in its debut buyout fund, a $132 million vehicle it raised in 2007.
AUA Private Equity Partners LLC, another New York-based private equity firm, introduced the Topspin team to the deal and co-invested. The owner-operators of the company, brothers Todd and Scott Singer, retained large equity stakes in the company.
Beyond the company’s business model, Topspin was drawn to some trends favoring the dental practice industry. Estimated expenditures for dental care grew at a compound annual rate of approximately 7 percent from 1998 to 2008, and are expected to grow at a rate of approximately 6 percent over the following decade and reach $180 billion by 2019, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.





“There’s a growing awareness of the importance of dental health, that the mouth is a window into health,” Randall said, mentioning research suggesting links between gum disease and more serious, non-dental conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
Brighter Dental Care plans to expand its business with Topspin’s support by opening new practice locations, Randall said.
Dental practices have a been a fairly popular target for private equity firms in recent years. Other investors in the sector have included Catterton Partners, Friedman Fleischer & Lowe LLC, Freeman Spogli & Co. and DFW Capital Partners.
[And have not faired so well for just as many, like mentioned above. Hmm..wonder why that was left out of the release]
Though Topspin has minimal experience in health care—it has invested in a medical device company that serves the veterinary market—its executives are comfortable with the dentist practice model because it has a less cumbersome regulatory burden than many health care sectors, Randall said. “We felt like dental care is a unique sub-sector of health care that we could really get our arms around.”
[You boys need some help, I’m your gal…!]