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Castlight Health And Vera Whole Health To Combine To Pioneer And Scale Value-Based Care In Commercial Market

– Combined company will integrate Castlight’s market-leading navigation technology with Vera’s best in class advanced primary care model to expand access to care, reduce healthcare costs, and improve outcomes
– Clayton, Dubilier & Rice funds to invest in new enterprise; former Aetna Chairman and CEO Ron Williams to be Chairman of combined company

Castlight Health, Inc. a leading healthcare data and navigation company, and Vera Whole Health, Inc. (“Vera”), a pioneer in advanced primary care, jointly announced an agreement under which the companies will combine. The combined company will integrate Castlight’s market-leading technology with Vera’s purpose-built clinics, health care professionals and strategic partnerships with local providers, with the potential to transform how patients access and engage with care, how providers deliver care, and how employers and other purchasers pay for care.

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The transaction, which has been unanimously approved by Castlight’s Board of Directors, is valued at an equity value of approximately $370 million and will be structured as an all cash tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of Castlight. Under the terms of the agreement, Vera will commence a tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of Castlight Class A common stock and Class B common stock for $2.05 in cash per share, representing a 25% premium to the closing price as of January 4th, 2022, and a 35% premium to the 30-day volume weighted average share price. Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (“CD&R”) funds, Vera’s majority equity holder, have committed to invest up to $338 million to support the combination, and Anthem, Inc. (“Anthem”), a leading health company and long-time strategic customer of Castlight, will make an investment in the combined company.

“We believe the combined company has a unique opportunity to deliver large scale innovation to the commercial customer segment and accelerate the restructuring of the healthcare market to a stronger focus on value,” said Ron Williams, Chairman of Vera and Operating Advisor to CD&R funds.

“Integrating our navigation data and technology with Vera’s high quality primary care offering addresses the fundamental need for a coordinated and personalized patient experience, while enabling providers to improve outcomes and lower costs and employers to participate in full risk sharing for the first time,” said Maeve O’Meara, Chief Executive Officer of Castlight. “We are thrilled to work with Vera and CD&R to open this new frontier of healthcare.”

“Equipping our advanced primary care teams and our patients with Castlight’s industry leading digital navigation and engagement capabilities enhances our ability to reduce total cost of care while improving the social, mental and physical health of our patients,” said Ryan Schmid, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Vera. “Personalizing care plans and engagement campaigns while providing our care teams and patients with quality and cost data will greatly enhance the patient journey and our ability to manage commercial populations.”

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“We believe this is a milestone for the healthcare system because of the way it merges benefits and care navigation, including digital touchpoints, into a patient’s primary care relationship,” said Ravi Sachdev, CD&R Partner, and member of Vera’s Board of Directors. “We believe a combination of these two innovative companies will transform care in local markets across the country.”

Bryony Winn, President of Anthem Health Solutions added, “We are excited at the potential of this unique combination to deliver a differentiated primary care experience by bringing a value-based care model to the commercial healthcare market.”

Anthem joins Morgan Health, the JP Morgan Chase & Co business focused on the transformation of employee healthcare, and Central Ohio Primary Care, the largest independent physician owned primary care group in the country, as key strategic partners in the combined company. CD&R’s initial investment in Vera was made in early 2021 and followed a series of investments in companies focusing on value-based care, including agilon health, Millennium Physician Group, and naviHealth.

The transaction is subject to regulatory approval, the tender of a majority of Castlight’s outstanding shares of common stock, and other customary closing conditions. Upon completion of the transaction, Castlight will become a privately held company and shares of Castlight’s Class B common stock will no longer be listed on any public market. The parties anticipate that the combination will be completed in the first quarter of 2022.

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William Blair is serving as exclusive financial advisor to Castlight, and Fenwick & West LLP is serving as legal advisor. Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as legal advisor to Vera.

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