Kelso Fund VIII Completes Sale of Helios
January 14, 2016
Kelso is pleased to announce that on January 14, 2016, we completed the sale of Helios to OptumRx, Inc., a subsidiary of UnitedHealthcare. Helios provides best-in-class management of pharmacy benefits, durable medical equipment, home health care, and other ancillary services for workers’ compensation and auto no-fault insurance companies.
Kelso invested in Helios in October 2013 to fund the merger of Progressive Solutions and PMSI, creating the industry-leading workers’ compensation pharmacy benefit manager (“PBM”). Kelso’s healthcare services team had identified pharmacy benefit management as an attractive investment opportunity in early 2013, with a focus on workers’ compensation due to the enhanced margin profile and value-add capabilities of businesses operating in the sector. Kelso proactively approached Progressive Solutions to form a partnership and pursue an acquisition of PMSI as part of an auction process. Synergies generated by the transaction allowed Kelso and Progressive to win a competitive auction while investing in the combined business at an attractive pro forma purchase multiple.