BOSTON & TAMPA, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Audax Private Equity (“Audax”) announced the acquisition of Medi-Weightloss, Inc. (“the Company”), a leading operator of science-based, physician-supervised weight-loss and wellness clinics, with approximately 100 franchised and company-owned locations nationally. Buzz Franchise Brands is co-investing alongside Audax as a minority-stake partner. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, Medi-Weightloss offers customized weight-loss programs designed to address obesity and other related diseases, including heart disease, stroke, type-2 diabetes and other specific conditions generally covered by commercial insurance payors. The Company also sells a line of proprietary nutritional supplements, healthy-food products and vitamins that treat comorbidities caused by obesity.
Franchised clinics account for approximately 80% of Medi-Weightloss’ total locations. The Company provides comprehensive support to its base of professional franchisees, ranging from compliance and regulatory oversight to other support functions, such as advanced staff training, IT, quality assurance, franchise-performance consulting, and advertising and marketing.
“Medi-Weightloss differentiates itself a number of ways,” noted Edward Kaloust, founder and board member of Medi-Weightloss. “Beyond the breadth and scope of the Company’s individualized programs spanning the full continuum of care, our value proposition rests on the documented efficacy of our approach. For instance, a two-year study demonstrated that the diet and intensive lifestyle and behavioral programs offered by Medi-Weightloss reduced the prevalence of metabolic syndrome by 45% in 13 weeks and by 73% over 52 weeks. Moreover, patients on the Medi-Weightloss individualized calorie-restricted program lost 29 pounds, on average, over a 13-week period.”
“The obesity epidemic is only getting worse,” added Ken Hall, incoming CEO of Medi-Weightloss. “Our customized programs, tailored to the specific conditions of each individual, are developed by physicians board-certified to treat obesity. We’re thrilled to partner with Audax Private Equity to accelerate our growth and address this challenge through personalized programs that catalyze the lifestyle and behavioral changes necessary to deliver improved health outcomes to our patients.”
“We are excited that Medi-Weightloss has decided to partner with Audax Private Equity and believe the firm represents an ideal steward for the Medi-Weightloss brand going forward,” added Kurtis Freidag, President of Medi-Weightloss’ Franchisee National Advisory Council. “Audax can help propel us to the next level and has an established track record of facilitating growth in companies like ours. People need these services more than ever and it’s exciting to think about how many more people we will be able to help.”
“Medi-Weightloss represents a prototypical deal for our Origins strategy, which builds on Audax’ historic focus in the lower middle market,” added Keith Palumbo, Managing Director at Audax Private Equity. “In addition to strategic initiatives focused on enhancing Medi-Weightloss’ current patient outcomes and unit performance, we see a compelling opportunity to expand the Company’s geographic footprint through new franchise growth and acquisitions that will expand access to care for an underserved and growing patient population.”
Medi-Weightloss represents the second investment completed by Audax Private Equity’s lower middle market Origins strategy. Kroll Securities, LLC served as financial advisor to the sellers. Ropes & Gray LLP served as legal counsel to Audax and Quarles & Brady LLP served in the same capacity to the Company.
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Based in Tampa, Florida, Medi-Weightloss is a national franchisor and direct provider of physician-supervised weight loss and wellness clinics, and a provider of healthy food products and supplements. With approximately 100 franchised and company-owned locations across 27 states, Medi-Weightloss prides itself on its evidence-based approach to treatment through clinical research. To learn more, visit the company website at www.mediweightloss.com