Biote to Purchase Asteria Health
Biote to Purchase Asteria Health
Strategic and accretive transaction enables vertical integration of hormone product manufacturing
IRVING, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–biote Corp. (NASDAQ: BTMD) (“Biote” or the “Company”), a leading solutions provider in preventive health care through the delivery of personalized hormone optimization and therapeutic wellness, today announced a definitive agreement to acquire F.H. Investments, Inc., d/b/a Asteria Health, a privately held 503B manufacturer of compounded bioidentical hormones. The company operates an FDA-registered 503B outsourcing facility in Birmingham, Alabama and currently supports Biote-certified practitioners and Biote-partnered clinics in numerous U.S. states.
Through this transaction, Biote is strengthening the Company’s control over its supply chain and enhancing efficiency. Additionally, Asteria Health provides Biote with expertise in 503B manufacturing, enabling longer-term development of innovative therapeutic wellness products. Biote plans to phase in manufacturing from Asteria Health. Because Asteria Health is currently a supplier to Biote-certified practitioners, there is expected to be minimal near-term revenue impact to Biote from the transaction.
Terry Weber, Biote Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are pleased to announce an agreement to acquire Asteria Health, and we welcome their talented and dedicated team to Biote. This strategic transaction expands and strengthens Biote’s capabilities by enabling the vertical integration of our manufacturing and providing direct control over our pharmacokinetic research efforts. As we insource manufacturing, we anticipate improvement to our margin profile. We also see a longer-term opportunity to leverage Asteria Health’s product development expertise to expand our offerings with therapeutic wellness products for Biote-certified practitioners.”
Bill Fixler, PharmD, President of Asteria Health, said, “Asteria Health is proud of our longstanding relationship with Biote, an established leader in hormone replacement education and training. Both Asteria Health and Biote share an unwavering commitment to promoting patient health and evidence-based therapeutic wellness, and we are delighted to join Biote to further this mission.”
Dr. Fixler brings to Biote more than two decades of compounding and specialty pharmacy experience, with particular expertise in manufacturing compliance and product formulation.
Under the terms of the acquisition agreement, the purchase price is $8.5 million, subject to customary adjustments. Asteria Health shareholders are eligible to receive up to an additional $500,000 if certain production metrics are achieved by April 1, 2024. Biote will fund the transaction with cash from its balance sheet.
The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, with closing anticipated to occur in the first quarter of 2024.
Truist Securities served as financial advisor to Biote.
Biote is transforming healthy aging through innovative, personalized hormone optimization and therapeutic wellness solutions delivered by Biote-certified medical providers. Biote trains practitioners to identify and treat early indicators of aging conditions, an underserved global market, providing affordable symptom relief for patients and driving clinic success for practitioners.
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