Footprint Capital (“Footprint”) acted as the exclusive sell-side advisor to Fisher Eye & Laser Center (“Fisher Eye”) in the sale to Vision Group Holdings (“VGH”), an Audax Private Equity (“Audax”) portfolio company. The sell-side process began with valuation and feasibility analysis to ensure that a transaction would meet the objectives of Dr. G. Brit Fisher, III. After a disciplined process of sale readiness, a narrow marketing process to prospective buyers, due diligence, and legal documentation, Fisher Eye completed this transaction with VGH. Dr. Fisher will continue to see patients and lead the practice, while VGH adds resources and technology to improve doctor resources and patient experience.
Dr. Fisher commented, “By partnering with Vision Group Holdings, I will be able to focus even more of my attention on the most important aspect of my job—my patients. This will allow us to help more Floridians see more clearly while ensuring that each of them gets the personalized care they expect from Fisher Eye & Laser Center.”
Furthermore, Dr. Fisher notes, “It was a pleasure working with Josh Curtis and the Footprint Capital team. They were very knowledgeable in guiding me through the entire process. I valued their continued focus on my objectives for maximum value and other specific terms of the transaction.”
A full-service facility with state of the art technology, Fisher Eye has already established itself as an outstanding center for vision correction. As founder of Fisher Eye & Laser Center, Dr. Fisher has been performing vision correction procedures in Naples since 1999. He is a practicing Ophthalmologist and specializes in Cataract and Refractive vision correction technologies. For more information, visit: http://www.fishereyecenter.com.
VGH, an Audax portfolio company based out of West Palm Beach, FL, operates the well-known brands The LASIK Vision Institute and TLC Laser Eye Centers, as well as many others. Between all its brands, VGH has successfully completed more than 3.3 million LASIK eye procedures. VGH, the largest LASIK provider in North America, serves multiple end markets in the United States and Canada, making it extremely convenient for patients to find a location that is both nearby and well suited for their specific needs. For more information, visit: http://www.vgroupholdings.com.
Audax is based out of Boston, Massachusetts, and focuses solely on building leading middle market companies through partnership with existing owners and management. Since inception, the Company has invested $4 billion in 99 platform investments and 504 add-on acquisitions. For more information, visit: https://www.audaxgroup.com.
Footprint is a boutique investment bank focused on advising owners and operators of privately held companies in the middle market. Footprint’s services include sell-side and buy-side merger and acquisition advisory, ownership transition planning, capital raising, and strategic management consulting.