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Carlyle Group to acquire dental service provider

A binding agreement has been signed to acquire Integrated Dental Holdings and merge it with Associated Dental Practices.

01 February 2011

Alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group, partnering with Palamon Capital, has have entered into business negotiations with Bank of America Merrill Lynch Capital Partners to acquire Integrated Dental Holdings (IDH) and merge it with Associated Dental Practices (ADP).

Both IDH and ADP focus primarily on NHS dentistry and, between them, have nearly 450 practices treating over 3.5 million patients annually, with chief executive of IDH Richard Smith noting that the two were recognised by Carlyle and Palamon as having significant growth potential.

Managing director of Carlyle Europe Partners Eric Kump made further comments, saying: "IDH and ADP are UK market leaders in NHS dentistry and a merger between the businesses creates a wealth of opportunities for the new entity."

This comes after pub restaurant chain Cloverleaf was purchased by Greene King for £55.8 million, thus adding another 12 eateries to the latter's existing estate.

Now, £25 million is to be invested to open ten Cloverleaf establishments within two years.

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