July 1, 2015 / 1:16 PM / 3 years ago

Patterson Cos to sell rehab business to PE firm for $715 million

(Reuters) - Medical device supplier Patterson Companies Inc (PDCO.O) said it would sell its business that makes products that assist in a patient’s recovery to private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners for $715 million.

Reuters reported in April that the company had hired Bank of America to help sell the business in a deal that could fetch $500 million to $600 million.

Shares of Patterson, which had previously said it was looking to sell the rehabilitation business, rose about 1.3 percent to $49.29 in early trading on Wednesday.

The company, which also makes dental products and veterinary supplies, said it would use the proceeds from the sale to pay down debt from its acquisition of privately held Animal Health International Inc.

Patterson had bought Animal Health International in May for $1.1 billion to expand in the fast-growing veterinary products market.

At the time, the St. Paul, Minnesota-based company had said it expected the net effect of the acquisition and the sale of the rehabilitation business to be neutral to profit in fiscal 2016.

Patterson said on Wednesday that it would update its adjusted profit forecast for 2016 on August 27.

Net sales for the rehabilitation business fell 5 percent in 2014 from a year earlier, while net sales for Patterson’s dental and veterinary businesses grew.

The company acquired the rehabilitation business, then called AbilityOne, in 2003 from JPMorgan Chase & Co’s (JPM.N) former private equity arm.

Through Tuesday’s close, Patterson’s stock has risen 2.2 percent since Reuters reported of a potential sale on April 17.

Reporting by Vidya L Nathan in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D'Souza

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