UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) and Amil Participações S.A. (BM&FBOVESPA: AMIL3) announced today that the companies have agreed to merge, bringing together two leading organizations with the broad scale, distinctive resources and advanced technology to help modernize the performance of the health systems and serve the health care needs of consumers in their markets in the Americas.
Amil is Brazil’s largest health care company, providing health and dental benefits, hospital and clinical services, and advanced care management resources to more than 5 million people. Outside the United States, Brazil is the largest and fastest growing private health care market in the Americas.
UnitedHealth Group is the largest health benefits and services company in the United States and a leader in innovative approaches to improving consumer health and advancing the health care system.
“Brazil has emerged as a consistently growing and evolving market for private sector health benefits and services. Its growing economy, emerging middle class and progressive policies toward managed care make it a high potential growth market,” said Stephen J. Hemsley, president and CEO of UnitedHealth Group. “Combining Amil, the clear market leader serving an under-penetrated market of nearly 200 million people, with UnitedHealth Group’s experiences and capabilities developed over the last three decades is the most compelling growth and value creation opportunity we have seen in years.”Dr. Edson Bueno, founder and chief executive officer of Amil, said, “Our union with UnitedHealth Group will enable us to bring advanced technology, a tradition of practical innovation, service initiatives and clinical programs to further strengthen health care in Brazil, and enable Amil to grow faster and do more to care for patients and serve consumers as a leading Brazilian company.” Expanding Market in Brazil and Market Leading Position Supported by an economy with average GDP per capita growing at a compound annual rate of 19.4 percent since 2003, and a GDP per capita almost 2.5 times that of China, demand for private health care coverage continues to rise in Brazil. Private health benefit membership rose from 35 million people in 2005 to nearly 48 million in 2011, but still serves only about 25 percent of the population, compared with nearly 80 percent penetration in the U.S.