HLTH merges into WebMD Health

HLTH Corp said it will merge into its unit WebMD Health Corp in a cash-and-stock deal worth about $2.31 billion.

The deal values HLTH shares at a premium of 26 %, based on Wednesday's closing price of $10.05. HLTH shares were trading up more than 22 % at $12.30 Thursday on Nasdaq.

Under the terms of the deal, each HLTH share will be exchanged for 0.1979 shares of WebMD common stock and $6.89 in cash.

The merger is expected to curtail WebMD's share count by 20 % and capitalize WebMD with about $700 million in cash and investments.

The deal will be funded by cash and proceeds from HLTH's anticipated sale of its ViPS and Porex units.

Separately, HLTH stated fourth-quarter earnings of 19 cents a share from continuing operations, included a benefit of 10 cents a share. Total revenue fell 36 % to $145.8 million.

Analysts on average were expecting HLTH to earn 20 cents a share, before special items, and revenue of $143.2 million.

WebMD posted a fourth-quarter income from continuing operations of 75 cents a share, including a benefit of 41 cents a share.

Analysts expected the company to gain 28 cents a share, before special items, on revenue of $97.1 million.

WebMD shares were trading up more than 5 % to $30.60 in early morning trade on Nasdaq.

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