Sep 2008

Audax Group Announces the Acquisition of Consolident for Great Expressions Dental Centers

Audax Group announced it has completed the acquisition of ConsoliDent, Inc. (“ConsoliDent”). The acquisition of ConsoliDent complements the regional footprint of Great Expressions Dental Centers, Inc. (“Great Expressions”), which Audax Group acquired in May 2008. Headquartered in Miami Gardens, Florida, with 41 affiliated practices in Florida and Michigan operating as Dental Health Group, ConsoliDent is a dental practice management company providing general and specialty services including endodontics, orthodontics, oral surgery, pedodontics, periodontics, and basic dental care to professional corporations. Great Expressions is a dental practice management company with 98 affiliated practices in Michigan, Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts, Ohio, Virginia and Connecticut.

Geoffrey S. Rehnert, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Audax Group, said “The acquisition of ConsoliDent, which follows our recent purchase of Great Expressions, creates a unique opportunity to combine two complementary businesses with industry-leading service offerings and build a scale company with regional density in multiple markets. We look forward to working with Richard Beckman and Dr. Robert Brody to integrate the companies and continue to build the business through organic expansion and strategic add-on acquisitions.”

Richard Beckman, Chief Executive Officer of Great Expressions, said “The two companies are a natural fit given their complementary geography and superior levels of customer support and employee satisfaction. We will continue to work with Audax to source and integrate add-on acquisitions as we expand our business.

Dr. Robert Brody, Chief Executive Officer of ConsoliDent, said “We are excited to have Great Expressions and Audax Group as our new partners. Great Expressions and ConsoliDent share a commitment to clinical excellence and care for dental professionals. Audax’ acquisition and operational experience will be a valuable resource for us as we begin our next stage of growth.

Ropes & Gray LLP advised Audax Group. Harris Williams & Co. advised ConsoliDent. GMAC Commercial Finance and CIT Commercial Finance provided senior debt financing; GMB Mezzanine Capital and Bush O’Donnell Capital Partners, LLC provided mezzanine debt financing to support the transaction.