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Court Square Nears Celerion Sale

By Armie Margaret Lee, Tom Terrarosa
Published: October 18th, 2022

Court Square Capital Partners LP is nearing a closed sale of clinical research organization Celerion Holdings Inc., The Deal has learned.

The firm has been working with advisers since the early summer on an auction process for the business, three sources familiar with the matter said. H.I.G. Capital LLC is thought to have prevailed in the sale process, and a deal announcement may be imminent, one of the sources said.

The Deal in April 2021 spotlighted Celerion as a potential M&A target amid a wave of activity in the pharmaceutical services sector. In June, Axios reported that a process had kicked off for Celerion. Celerion projected pro forma adjusted Ebitda in the low $50 million range and revenue north of $200 million in 2022 with a 10% CAGR, according to the report. Axios pointed to the potential for a high-teens multiple for Celerion in a competitive auction.

Lincoln, Neb.-based Celerion provides early phase services, Phase 2 to 3 services, data management and other services to pharmaceutical companies.

Court Square declined to comment for this story. Representatives for H.I.G. did not return requests for comment, and a Celerion representative did not respond to a request for comment.

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