Staying on strategy, CVS buys provider group Oak Street Health. First rumored in mid-January, CVS Health and Oak Street finalized their deal today. The $10.6 billion purchase price of the NYSE traded company rewards shareholders with a $39 per share purchase price. 45% of the shareholders are composed of Newlight Partners LP and General Atlantic LLC plus certain members of the Oak Street Health Board of Directors. They have agreed to vote the shares they own in favor of the transaction (with a whew! at exiting). It is expected to close this year subject to the usual Department of Justice antitrust, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and state-level review.
The $39 per share price was a tick lower than the January speculation that the price would be over $40 per share. $39 is not bad; at close of last week OSH was trading at $26.80, a far cry from its 2021 share prices in the $50-60 range. Today’s price closed at just above $35. It has 169 offices and 600 providers across 21 states, making it a manageable size for CVS. OSH is headquartered in Chicago. Their CEO Mike Pykosz will continue to lead OSH, which will become part of CVS’ new Health Care Delivery organization and will be payer agnostic. Oak Street is notable for serving underserved patient populations–50 percent of Oak Street Health’s patients have a housing, food or isolation risk factor.
CVS Health’s long term plan, announced at recent earnings calls, is to add services in three categories: primary care, provider enablement, and home health. They are not hurting for profit or financing, closing out 2022 with $4.2 billion profit which certainly is a shining star in the depressed healthcare sky. CVS projects more than $500 million in synergy potential at the 2026 goal which is over 300 centers by 2026. But there will be losses first: 2023 loss about $200 million and not turning the profit corner till 2025 at earliest. An attractive point for CVS is Canopy, their proprietary technology that determines the appropriate type and level of care for each OSH patient–and care integrates nicely into CVS Health’s community, home and digital offerings, as they say.
Will DOJ allow it without divestment? This administration has already taken a fairly hard tack on antitrust, trying (and failing, though appealing) to block UHG-Change Healthcare. Already the CVS-OSH tie-up has been opposed by an antitrust think tank, the American Economic Liberties Project. Oak Street adds primary care practices to those already under Aetna, many of which are in Federal ACO programs. Signify Health also has Medicare ACO practice groups, including the Caravan ACOs bought late last year. The Signify buy is already under a rolling DOJ and FTC review that has been moving slowly since last October. Signify’s other strength is diversification into home health, CVS’ third target area.
CVS’ investment in Carbon Health ($100 million Series D investment into primary and urgent care clinics in Western states) may be considered as Carbon will be piloting clinics in CVS retail locations. Release, Mobihealthnews, Healthcare Dive, Becker’s (including a breakdown of CVS’ 2022 financials), FierceHealthcare
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