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Tenet Healthcare Buying Vanguard Health for $1.8 Billion

Monday, 24 Jun 2013 | 6:57 AM ET
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Tenet Healthcare is buying Vanguard Health Systems for about $1.8 billion, helping to expand its service offerings and broaden its geographic reach.

The companies said Monday that the transaction also includes $2.5 billion in debt and value the entire deal at $4.3 billion.

Tenet will pay $21 per share, a 70 percent premium to Vanguard Health's Friday closing price of $12.37.

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Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanguard Health says its founder, Chairman and CEO Charlie Martin, will join Tenet's board.

Tenet CEO: We'll Be 'More Aggressive' After Vanguard
After striking a $1.8 billion deal to purchase Vanguard Health Systems, Tenet's CEO Trevor Fetter said the company will be "more aggressive with acquisitions."

Tenet expects annual savings of $100 million to $200 million and for the acquisition to add to earnings in the first year.

Dallas-based Tenet has secured fully committed financing for the transaction from Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Both boards unanimously approved the deal, which is expected to close before year's end.

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