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Behavioral Health M&A: Centers for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) Acquired Out of Bankruptcy

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), a prominent provider of autism treatment services, has emerged from bankruptcy proceedings under new ownership. The successful bid of a combined $48.5 million comes from two separate group — Pantogran, an organization led by CARD founder and former CEO Doreen Granpeesheh, and a consortium made up of PE firm Audax Group and its portfolio companies, including Proud Moments ABA and New Story. Pantogran will pay $37.4 million and take control of 10 CARD state markets and other assets. The remainder will be split between Audax’s portfolio companies for $11.1 million, according to sale documents and several other court papers. According to the original disclosure document, CARD generated revenue of $160 million in the last twelve months ended April 2023, and an EBITDA loss of (-$22 million), implying a multiple of 0.3x revenue.

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The bankruptcy reorganization comes about five years after CARD set the bar for autism services platform deals in April 2018, when it was acquired by private equity giant Blackstone for a reported $600 million. With FY 2017 EBITDA of a reported $23 million and pro forma 2018 EBITDA of $33 million, the multiples work out to 26.1x trailing EBITDA and 18.2x pro forma 2018 EBITDA. CARDs revenue was reportedly $130 million and FY 2017 and $175 million projected for 2018, so those multiples work out to 4.6x and 3.4x, respectively.

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