Providence Service Corporation Announces Sale of Mission Providence Joint Venture to Konekt

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  • Providence expected to receive transaction proceeds of approximately USD $17 million

STAMFORD, Conn., Aug. 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Providence Service Corporation (“Providence”) (Nasdaq:PRSC) today announced the sale of Mission Providence Pty Ltd (“Mission Providence”) to Konekt Limited (“Konekt”), a market leading provider of return to work solutions throughout Australia.  Mission Providence was formed in 2014 as a joint venture between Providence and Mission Australia to provide employment services under the Australian Government Department of Employment’s jobactive programs.

Konekt will acquire 100% of Mission Providence for total consideration of approximately USD $23 million (based on current exchange rates).  Of this total consideration, Providence is expected to receive approximately USD $17 million (based on current exchange rates) for its 75% interest in the joint venture.

“Mission Providence has emerged into an important employment services provider in the Australian market over the last two years,” said James Lindstrom, Providence’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We believe Konekt’s local presence and leadership in workforce solutions will aid in Mission Providence’s growth, innovation and ability to serve its client in a more comprehensive way.  Finally, the transaction represents an example of Providence’s value enhancement philosophy, the outcomes of which drive operational excellence with integrity and provide additional capacity for higher return opportunities.”

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, Mission Providence generated revenues of USD $37 million and a net loss of USD $11 million.  Providence has historically accounted for its joint venture interest in Mission Providence as an equity method investment; thus, the joint ventures financial results are not consolidated with Providence’s reported revenue, Adjusted EBITDA, or Adjusted Net Income.

Mission Providence will operate as a stand-alone division within the Konekt business and Konekt intends to retain locations and staff to facilitate a smooth transition for employees and jobseekers.

The transaction is subject to obtaining formal approval by the Australian Government Department of Employment and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017.

About Providence

The Providence Service Corporation is a holding company which owns interests in subsidiaries and other companies that are primarily engaged in the provision of healthcare and workforce development services for public and private sector entities seeking to control costs and promote positive outcomes.  For more information, please visit prscholdings.com.

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