LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- VCA Antech, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Select Market: WOOF), a leading animal healthcare company in the United States, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MediMedia Animal Health, LLC (“Vetstreet”), located in Yardley, Pennsylvania, the nation’s largest provider of online communications, professional education and marketing solutions to the veterinary community. Under the agreement, VCA Antech, Inc. will acquire Vetstreet for $146 million in cash. The acquisition is conditioned on the expiration or earlier termination of the Hart-Scott Rodino waiting period and other customary conditions. Closing is expected in early September 2011.
Bob Antin, Chairman and CEO of VCA Antech, Inc., stated, “We are excited about combining Vetstreet with our existing businesses. We believe that this combination will provide both companies with outstanding growth opportunities. Vetstreet has a history of strong year over year revenue growth including growth of approximately 72% from 2009 to 2010 as well as an estimated growth rate in excess of 50% from 2010 to 2011. Vetstreet’s innovative approach to providing valuable services to both veterinarians and pet owners, combined with our considerable presence in both the animal hospital and diagnostic laboratory businesses, will expand the breadth of our product offerings to the veterinary community.
“The long-term synergies provided by combining Vetstreet with our existing businesses are extremely meaningful to each of our three business segments. Vetstreet’s online communication tools will help build traffic to the over 16,000 Antech clients, as well as our own animal hospitals, and strengthen the bond between the pet owner and her veterinarian. Vetstreet’s educational services round out the offering to assure that Vetstreet will be the focal point between the pet owner and her veterinarian.”
Vetstreet currently offers a highly differentiated suite of products and services to the veterinary community, including:
- For over 30 years, Vetlearn and its predecessors have been the leader in providing world-class continuing education to animal health professionals throughout the industry with leading publications such as Compendium, Veterinary Technician and the recently re-launched professional education portal Vetlearn.com. Over 50,000 veterinary professionals have taken part in Vetlearn’s continuing education programs.
- VetInsite Analytics provides data and reports to pharmaceutical and nutritional companies that allow them to track market share at both the local and national level. In addition, Vetstreet executes direct marketing programs in conjunction with the veterinarian to grow product sales and increase traffic to the animal hospital.
- Vetstreet will soon launch a veterinarian-supported consumer portal, vetstreet.com, providing education, referral and e-commerce support for the pet owner. Vetstreet’s consumer strategy is grounded in promoting the relationship between the pet owner and their veterinarian through direct links to subscribing veterinary practices, including online communication vehicles (including automatic emails, Pet Portals, and high-quality pet health articles) that serve to strengthen the connection between clients and veterinary hospitals.
- Vetstreet Pro, a bundle of communications services for the veterinarian, promotes the connectivity and bond between the practice and the pet owner. Over 4,500 practices located in the US and Canada, with over 20 million active clients, currently use Vetstreet Pro, including practice websites, personalized and secured pet owner portals, automated reminder cards, automated ID cards and practice analytics to increase client visits and drive compliance and persistency in a medically appropriate way.
Mr. Antin continued, “Vetstreet’s annual revenues are expected to grow to $55 to $65 million in 2012. The impact on earnings per share is expected to be slightly dilutive (approximately $0.02 to $0.03 per fully diluted share) in the current year and accretive thereafter. I have known and worked with the Vetstreet management team for over 10 years and am excited that the entire team, led by Derrick Kraemer, President, and Jeff Gaidos, Executive Vice President, is expected to continue with Vetstreet following the closing.”
Derrick Kraemer, president of Vetstreet stated, “For years, veterinary professionals and pet owners have valued VCA Antech’s dedicated leadership in helping pets reach their full potential through quality practice health care and world-class diagnostic services. Vetstreet is excited to join VCA Antech and to continue to serve the veterinary community with our leading turnkey client communication platform (Vetstreet®) and our industry leading continuing educational portal (Vetlearn.com™).”
Norm Alpert, Chairman of the MediMedia Management Committee and Managing Director and Co-Founder of Vestar Capital Partners, stated, “We are extremely pleased with this transaction. Vetstreet’s president, Derrick Kraemer, and the rest of the Vetstreet team have done a fantastic job growing their business into the industry leader in veterinary practice communication, education and marketing tools, and this transaction with VCA is a validation of this success.”