The M&A attorneys for Vanguard Health Systems, Ardent Health Services, AmSurg, Community Health Systems and Brookdale Senior Living have been busy lately. Vanguard has completed its $210 million purchase of 51 percent of Texas hospital system Valley Baptist. Meanwhile, Ardent wrapped up its deal for two CHS hospitals in Oklahoma and AmSurg completed its acquisiton of Dallas-based National Surgical Care. Lastly, Brookdale put a bow on its acquisition of Horizon Bay Realty, whose assets are primarily in Texas and Florida. The last deal also involved negotiations for a Brookdale option to up to 20 percent of the U.S. portfolio of Chartwell Seniors Housing Real Estate Investment Trust.
DeBartolo Development, one of the firms behind the development of suburban retail as we know it, has snapped up two local developments anchored by Publix stores. The acquisitions of Mt. View Marketplace in Antioch and Harpeth Village on Highway 100 (pictured) mark DeBartolo's entrance into Tennessee. Both are nearly fully leased: The Mt. View center recently inked Petco to a long-term deal.
National Health Investors says it has funded a second mortgage to help build a 120-bed assisted-living facility in Central Florida. The $2.5 million investment accounts for about 12 percent of the project's cost and will pay Murfreesboro-based NHI 13 percent interest. Shares of NHI (Ticker: NHI) are flat year to date.
Florida officials have turned down the request by Haven Behavioral Healthcare to build a 26-bed inpatient facility on the grounds of an Orlando-area hospital. The $1.9 million plan would have taken five-year-old Haven into the Sunshine State for the first time. The company is backed by venture capital players Thoma Cressey, Ascension Health Ventures and Clayton Associates.
Altadis U.S.A., a cigar maker owned by global player Imperial Tobacco Group, has decided against moving its headquarters and up to 140 jobs to Middle Tennessee from Fort Lauderdale. Altadis executives had been looking for incentives to help them add 55 jobs their HQ and got the cash they wanted from Florida officials.
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Officials at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division of the Department of Homeland Security have tentatively chosen a Corrections Corp. of America plan to build a 1,800-bed prison northwest of Miami. The site on the edge of the Everglades is planned to house immigrants awaiting hearings and is set to cost more than $100 million to build.
Southwest Ranches' filing with the county describes the facility as "non-penal in nature" and would promote a relaxed atmosphere -- whatever that's supposed to mean.
Local analyst Kevin Campbell of Avondale Partners estimates the contract, if finalized, could add between 5 and 10 cents to CCA's annual profits per share when it comes online, likely in late 2013. The Nashville-based company is expected to earn $1.49 this year. Its shares (Ticker: CXW) are up about 1.3 percent this afternoon to $21.10.