NEW YORK Nov 8 Merge Healthcare, a
provider of medical imaging software solutions that is exploring
a sale, has attracted interest from at least five private equity
firms, according to people familiar with the matter.
Thoma Bravo LLC, GTCR LLC, Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe,
Francisco Partners and Avista Capital Partners are among the
buyout firms that have had meetings with the company's
management and are considering submitting offers this month, the
Chicago, Illinois-based Merge Healthcare said in September
it appointed New York-based investment bank Allen & Company LLC
to evaluate strategic alternatives, including a possible sale.
The company last week reported a third-quarter net loss per
diluted share of 4 cents, four times the loss it posted in the
third quarter of 2011.
Merge Healthcare, Thoma Bravo, GTCR and Avista declined to
comment while representatives of Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe
and Francisco Partners did not immediately respond to a request