KKR to acquire Therapy Brands

KKR has agreed to acquire a majority interest in Therapy Brands, a practice management and electronic health record (EHR) software platform for mental, behavioural, substance use recovery, applied behaviour analysis (ABA) and physical rehabilitation healthcare providers, from its existing shareholders – investment funds affiliated with Lightyear Capital LLC, Oak HC/FT and Greater Sum Ventures.

Existing investor PSG will participate in the transaction alongside KKR and continue to be a minority shareholder in Therapy Brands. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 2013, Therapy Brands provides end-to-end, purpose-built software solutions to streamline the full clinical, administrative and reimbursement workflows of healthcare professionals in multiple end markets. Its HIPAA-compliant solution suite supports the daily operations of more than 28,000 practices across the US, ranging from individual providers to national multi-location practice groups.

"Provider and patient friendly technology-enabled solutions are more important than ever as the demand for mental and behavioural health services continues to rapidly increase," says Kimberly O'Loughlin, CEO of Therapy Brands. "We are excited to welcome KKR as our new investor, which brings a deep understanding of the healthcare sector and extensive experience in scaling technology-enabled platforms. This support will help us accelerate our mission of making it easier for providers to navigate an increasingly complex administrative landscape so they can spend more time and focus on delivering improved outcomes for their clients."

Therapy Brands' technology platforms address the underserved practice management needs of mental and behavioural healthcare professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors, social workers, ABA clinicians, addiction specialists and physical, speech and occupational therapists. Across its portfolio of leading brands – including TheraNest, ShareNote, CodeMetro, AccuPoint,DataFinch, TenEleven, Procentive, Fusion Web Clinic, and A2C – Therapy Brands offers comprehensive and customised practice management and EHR services along with integrated capabilities for telehealth, data collection and interoperability, revenue cycle management, e-prescribing and payments. Therapy Brands' technologies are purpose-built, focused squarely on improving the patient experience and decreasing the administrative burden for practitioners so they can spend more time focused on the health and well-being of their clients and businesses.

"We are delighted to be backing Therapy Brands at a time when there is increasing recognition and social awareness about the importance of mental health," says Max Lin, a KKR Partner who co-leads the health care industry team for KKR's Americas Private Equity business. "Therapy Brands has developed an impressive portfolio of best-in-class software tools and mission-critical solutions to help mental health providers modernise their practices. We look forward to working with the team in accelerating the growth of the platform and finding additional ways of delivering enhanced value to its clinicians."

"We formed the Therapy Brands platform to bring comprehensive technology solutions to this important end market within our healthcare system," says Marco Ferrari, a Managing Director at PSG. "We have been thrilled with our partnership with the Therapy Brands team and look forward to continuing this journey alongside KKR."

KKR is making its investment in Therapy Brands primarily from its Americas XII Fund. The investment adds to KKR's experience of investing in leading behavioral healthcare businesses, including Blue Sprig Pediatrics and BrightSpring Health Services, and in high-growth healthcare-related technology companies such as WebMD (Internet Brands) and Clarify Health. KKR has also established a strong track record of supporting leading vertical market software companies including Autodata, Epicor Software Corporation, Ipreo, Mitchell, MYOB and OptimalPlus.

Mark F Vassallo, Managing Partner of Lightyear, says: "The investment in Therapy Brands reflects Lightyear's ongoing thematic focus on the intersection of tech-enabled financial services and healthcare. Under our ownership, Therapy Brands has more than tripled in size through a combination of strong organic growth and nine strategic acquisitions. It has been a pleasure working with Kimberly and the Therapy Brands team, and we wish them continued success."

William Blair and TripleTree are acting as financial advisors and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP as legal advisor to Therapy Brands. Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as legal advisor to KKR.