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LI medical telecom firm slated for $82M sale

American Medical Alert Corp., of Oceanside, has a

American Medical Alert Corp., of Oceanside, has a new deal with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York to supply around-the-clock health monitoring systems for outpatients. Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

A British company will buy American Medical Alert Corp., an Oceanside provider of health care call centers and remote monitoring systems for elderly patients at home.

The buyer, Tunstall Healthcare Group Limited, will pay $8.55 a share, a 50 percent premium over the stock's $5.69 Thursday closing price for the stock, which trades on the Nasdaq under the symbol AMAC.

AMAC lists its outstanding shares at 9.62 million, making the sale price in the neighborhood of $82 million. About a third of shares are owned by company executives and directors, while about 17 percent are held by institutional investors. By the time the markets opened Friday, AMAC's capitalization had risen to $79.32 million, reflecting the Tunstall premium.

Tunstall, which operates in 30 countries, said the purchase of American Medical Alert was part of its strategy of expanding its reach throughout the U.S. It did not immediately say whether the transaction would result in an expansion or reduction in the Oceanside company's presence on Long Island.

Tunstall is a provider of "telehealth and telecare" services, similar to those of American Medical Alert. It has 2.5 million clients worldwide with a workforce of more than 1,200. Tunstall's corporate headquarters is in Goole, in Yorkshire, England.

American Medical Alert operates a round-the-clock medical-alert call center, and provides networks of remote health monitoring devices. Its products and services include stationary and mobile personal emergency response systems, and medication management.

As a separate business division, American Medical Alert offers "concierge level communication services to all types of healthcare entities, including physician groups, hospitals, homecare and the pharmaceutical industry," Tunstall said in a Thursday news release.

Directors and officers of American Medical Alert, who hold about one-fourth of the company's stock, have agreed to vote in favor of the transaction.

“Tunstall’s long-standing culture of engineering excellence, technological innovation and commitment to providing seniors with the tools to live independently is perfectly aligned with AMAC’s mission," Jack Rhian, AMAC's president and chief executive, said in the Thursday news release.

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