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An Update on Investment & Consolidation in Autism Services

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Published October 2021

The autism services sector continues to be one of the most active areas for investment within the healthcare services universe, as a combination of attractive macro-level tailwinds and favorable supply/demand dynamics drive consolidation within the sector. So much so, that as of Q3 2021, 50+ private equity firms currently hold or previously held a majority stake in an autism services platform.

While the genesis of autism services investment started over ten years ago, over 75% of transaction volume has occurred since the start of 2016, signifying just how fast-moving the space has been. As a result, more than 50% of platforms are now over three years into their initial investment, with over ten organizations on their second or third private equity partner.

Given the current transaction landscape and rate at which the sector continues to mature, Provident expects the space to sustain its swift march into the next investment life cycle phase, characterized by an uptick in secondary transactions, where private equity-backed organizations sell to larger funds or strategic acquirers.

In this white paper, we examine the evolution of investment activity within the autism services space as well as go-forward expectations for the sector. We will also cover key topics such as valuation expectations, partnership considerations, and private equity’s impact on autism services.

Whitepaper Summary

  • Introduction
  • Surveying the Autism Services Landscape
  • Moving Toward the Next Phase of its Investment Life Cycle
  • Private Equity Investment’s Impact on the Autism Space
  • Partnership Considerations
  • Provident Case Studies
  • Current Valuation Landscape
  • Private Equity Secondary & Tertiary Transactions
  • Select Private Equity Transactions
  • Conclusion
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