PHC Inc ( AMEX:PHC ) to merge with Acadia Healthcare Company Inc, Stock up 20 %.

PHC Inc ( AMEX:PHC ) merges with Acadia healthcare company inc. Stock of the company soars more than 20% after news announcement. Below is the detail news.

PHC, Inc., dba Pioneer Behavioral Health, and Acadia Healthcare Company, Inc. announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement. Upon the completion of the merger, Acadia stockholders will own approximately 77.5% of the combined company, and PHC stockholders will own approximately 22.5% of the combined company. Acadia intends to file a registration statement on Form S-4 with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the transaction. Effective with the approval of the merger, the corporate headquarters will be in Franklin, Tennessee, and the combined company will do business under the name Pioneer Behavioral Health. Acadia intends to apply for listing of the combined company's common stock to be issued in the merger on the NASDAQ stock market. Joey Jacobs, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Acadia, will become the Chairman and CEO of the combined company. The transaction is expected to be completed in late summer of 2011. The transaction will be a stock for stock exchange except for payments to PHC shareholders for fractional shares and $5 million of merger consideration payable to Class B holders of PHC's privately held securities. In connection with the transaction, Jefferies & Company, Inc. acted as exclusive financial advisor and Arent Fox LLP acted as legal advisor to PHC. Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal advisor to Acadia and Jefferies Finance LLC provided financing commitments to Acadia to support the transaction.

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