Kelly Redeploys Capital to Expand Education Business through Acquisition of Pediatric Therapeutic Services
Kelly (Nasdaq: KELYA) (Nasdaq: KELYB) today announced that it has acquired Pediatric Therapeutic Services (PTS), a specialty firm that provides state and federally mandated in-school therapy services including occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and mental and behavioral health services. Headquartered in suburban Philadelphia, PTS currently supports schools throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware and will continue to operate under its own brand as part of Kelly Education as it leverages Kelly’s national profile to expand into other states. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.PTS has an impressive track record of annual growth and a successful track record of securing contract renewals. This growth reflects the surging demand for in-school therapeutic services as the pandemic has taken a toll on students. According to the U.S. Department of Education, Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), more than 7.3 million K-12 students are now entitled by U.S. law to therapeutic benefits. Sourcing and managing a vast pool of service providers can be complex and costly for schools already facing budgetary constraints. PTS relieves that pain point and delivers a proven, scalable platform that enables schools to contain costs, increase efficiency, and improve student outcomes.
“We’re thrilled to welcome PTS to Kelly as we continue to redeploy capital and add high-margin, high-growth assets to our core businesses,” said Peter Quigley, president and chief executive officer of Kelly. “Earlier this year, we said we would use proceeds from our APAC transactions to accelerate inorganic specialty growth, and that is precisely what we are doing with this latest acquisition. PTS gives Kelly an entry point into the fast-growing therapeutic services market, a specialty domain where we didn’t have a presence and where our education clients are clearly in need of support.”
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To provide that support, PTS has developed innovative solutions for delivering and managing therapeutic services that benefit students, schools, teachers, families, and communities. Their holistic approach means that students receive state-of-the-art therapy from the right specialized talent, and schools are able to focus on students rather than the administrative challenges of managing therapeutic services. “PTS shares Kelly Education’s mission to support the whole child, an approach to education that encompasses each student’s academic, social, physical, and emotional well-being,” said Nicola Soares, president of Kelly Education. “PTS’ expertise in therapeutic services will help us create more inclusive learning environments in all classrooms, and equip all of our K-12 service providers to better support ALL learners. PTS will be able to leverage our client network of more than 10,000 schools across the U.S.”
“The opportunities for collaboration between our two organizations are tremendous,” said Diana Fongheiser who co-founded PTS with Pam Hackett in 1998.
“From the start, it was clear that Kelly shared our values and priorities when it comes to caring for the whole child. Aligning PTS’ mission with the Kelly brand is deeply satisfying,” Hackett added.Newport Transaction Advisors, LLC, a subsidiary of Newport, LLC, and a leading strategic advisory firm, served as the exclusive financial advisor to PTS throughout the transaction.This release contains statements that are forward looking in nature and, accordingly, are subject to risks and uncertainties. These factors include, but are not limited to, changing market and economic conditions, the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, competitive market pressures including pricing and technology introductions and disruptions, disruption in the labor market and weakened demand for human capital resulting from technological advances, competition law risks, the impact of changes in laws and regulations (including federal, state and international tax laws), unexpected changes in claim trends on workers’ compensation, unemployment, disability and medical benefit plans, or the risk of additional tax liabilities in excess of our estimates,
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