The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America has sold its Dental Service Organization Business to Western Dental

January 2, 2019

The Guardian Life Insurance Company (“Guardian” or the “Company”) has sold its Dental Service Organization (“DSO”) to Western Dental Services (“Western Dental”). Western Dental is a portfolio company of New Mountain Capital, LLC (“New Mountain”).

Based in New York City, NY, Guardian is a leading mutual life insurance company that provides dental, vision, life, disability and other benefits for individuals, at the workplace and through government sponsored programs. Its DSO business, comprised of more than 60 offices throughout the Western U.S, has a longstanding history and established reputation for providing affordable, high-quality dental care with services including general dentistry, pediatric dentistry and orthodontics.  The DSO supports dental offices in Texas under the South Texas Dental brand, in California under the Access Dental and Blue Hills brands, and in Alabama under the Vital Smiles brand.

Cain Brothers served as the exclusive financial advisor to Guardian in connection with the transaction.

Western Dental (with its affiliates, including Brident Dental & Orthodontics) is a national leader in accessible, high quality, affordable oral healthcare with approximately 2.5 million patient visits annually in 249 affiliated offices throughout California, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.

New Mountain, together with its affiliates, manages private equity, public equity and credit capital with aggregate assets under management totaling more than $20 billion. New Mountain has raised over $17.0 billion of committed capital across five private equity funds since inception.

For more information, please contact:

Richard Blann

Managing Director
(212) 476-7452