CORAL GABLES, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MSP Recovery, Inc. (“MSPR”), formerly known as Lionheart Acquisition Corporation II, a Delaware corporation (Nasdaq: LCAPU, LCAP, LCAPW, “Lionheart” or “LCAP”), today announced that it has closed the previously announced business combination (the “transaction”) with MSP Recovery, LLC. (“MSP”), a Medicare, Medicaid, commercial, and secondary payer reimbursement recovery leader. The business combination was approved by a majority of LCAP’s stockholders in an extraordinary meeting on May 18, 2022.
As previously announced, following the closing, LCAP’s Class A Common Stock will cease trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market (“Nasdaq CM”) under the symbol “LCAP” (CUSIP 53625R104), and will begin trading tomorrow -- May 24, 2022 -- on Nasdaq Global Market (“Nasdaq GM”) under the symbol “MSPR” (CUSIP 553745100) and LCAP’s warrants, each to purchase one share of Class A Common Stock of MSPR at $11.50 per share, will cease trading on the Nasdaq CM under the symbol “LCAPW” and begin trading on Nasdaq GM under the symbol “MSPRZ”.
“Today’s news is the latest milestone showing that MSP Recovery has entered into an exciting new stage as one of the nation’s most sophisticated and successful payer reimbursement recovery companies that continues to pave the way in discovering and recovering improperly paid claims as well as the development of cutting edge technology to fix the fragmented healthcare systems, to not only save tax payer dollars but also save lives,” said MSP Recovery Founder and CEO, John H. Ruiz. “The closing of this business combination is proof of the confidence in the strength of our business strategy and effectiveness of our innovative approach. Since the announcement of the business combination agreement we have seen a substantial amount of new business over and above what we originally projected,” said Mr. Ruiz.
The business combination with LCAP announced on July 12, 2021 was based on an enterprise value of the combined company of approximately $32.6 billion. The $32.6 billion valuation was based on projected MSPR Recovery Proceeds. Since July 2021, however, MSPR has been developing additional revenue streams.
As of December 31, 2021, MSPR’s portfolio included more than $1.5 trillion in billed amount (reflecting the full amount billed by a provider to a health plan or insurer), up more than 530% from $242 billion in 2020. MSPR’s portfolio included $364.4 billion in paid amount as of the same date (reflecting amounts actually paid to a provider from a health plan), up more than 520% from $58.4 billion in 2020.
And since announcing the Business Combination in July 2021, MSPR has seen a significant increase in interest from various entities in the healthcare industry. During that time period alone, MSPR has: vetted 91 prospects; made proposals to 48 entities; conducted data diligence on 46 entities; generated a data evaluation report for 21 entities; and negotiated initial agreements with 20 entities. MSPR already has over 150 assignors, and continues to grow its number of assignors.
“I am thrilled to see this business combination successfully executed and look forward to working with John and the MSP Recovery team as they continue to innovate on behalf of a growing list of healthcare providers and payers,” said Ophir Sternberg, Chairman and CEO of Lionheart. “MSP Recovery is well-positioned to continue to expand its footprint in this promising market.”
Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, a Stifel Company, served as financial advisor to MSP Recovery. Nomura Securities International, Inc. served as financial and capital markets advisor to Lionheart Acquisition Corp II. Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP served as legal counsel to MSP Recovery. DLA Piper LLP served as legal counsel to Lionheart Acquisition Corp II. ICR, LLC served as communications advisor to MSP Recovery.
About MSP Recovery
Founded in 2014, MSP Recovery has become a Medicare, Medicaid, commercial, and secondary payer reimbursement recovery leader, disrupting the antiquated healthcare reimbursement system with data-driven solutions to secure recoveries against responsible parties. MSP Recovery provides the healthcare industry with comprehensive compliance solutions, while innovating technologies to help save lives. For more information, visit: www.msprecovery.com
About Lionheart Acquisition Corporation II
Lionheart Acquisition Corporation II was a blank check company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. For more information, visit: www.LCAP2.com.
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