Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU) today announced the next step in the company’s quest to build a strong foundation for future growth. To focus more sharply on its core businesses, the company is divesting its Intuit Financial Services business and is announcing plans to sell the Intuit Health Group. In addition, the company has realigned the accountant business to provide increased focus on accelerating the company’s two strategic goals: to be the world’s small business operating system and to do the nations’ taxes in the United States and Canada. “These decisions are the remaining foundational pieces that focus our organization on our biggest opportunities as we execute our global connected services strategy,” said Brad Smith, Intuit president and chief executive officer. “We’ve evolved from a portfolio of business units to an ecosystem of products and services with unique interdependencies. Working together, these assets create amazing opportunities to solve important customer problems while building durable competitive advantage.” Focus on Strategic Direction The divestiture of Intuit Financial Services reflects Intuit’s strong commitment to intensify its focus on small business and consumer tax. As a result, the company signed a definitive agreement to sell IFS to Thoma Bravo for $1.025 billion, pending regulatory review. As part of Thoma Bravo, IFS will be better supported to reach its full potential in the growing digital banking channel. Intuit intends to use existing cash and the proceeds of this transaction to accelerate repurchase of its shares. Mint.com, currently part of IFS, will remain with Intuit and become part of the Consumer Ecosystem business unit that includes other consumer products such as Quicken. Intuit also plans to sell the Intuit Health Group. While Intuit had considered healthcare a potential growth opportunity, structural shifts in the market have evolved in such a way that the business no longer fits within the refocused strategy, Smith said. The Intuit Health assets will be a better fit for an organization with a stronger focus on the healthcare industry.