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Transcend Services (Atlanta) a provider of medical transcription services to the U.S. healthcare market, said that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Medical Dictation Services (MDI; Gaithersburg, Maryland) for $16.2 million.

Founded in 1981, and headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland, MDI is a medical transcription company with about 450 employees providing service to about 30 customers located predominantly in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009, MDI had unaudited revenue of nearly $13.7 million, and has an annualized revenue run rate of nearly $14.3 million. Transcend currently expects the transaction to have almost no impact on earnings per share in the 3Q09 due to transaction costs, and to be accretive to earnings per share beginning in 4Q09. The transaction is expected to close on or about Aug. 31.

The $16.2 million purchase price consists of $10.2 million in cash payable at closing (less any existing indebtedness assumed and plus or minus certain working capital and tax-related adjustments), $2 million in cash payable after receipt of interim financial statements and audited financial statements for the last two fiscal years, a $2 million note payable to the selling shareholder due one year after closing, and $2 million of Transcend common stock (119,940 shares). The initial cash portion of the purchase price is expected to be funded using a combination of cash on hand and up to $7 million in bank term debt.

Larry Gerdes, CEO of Transcend, said, "MDI's strong presence in the mid-Atlantic region significantly expands Transcend's national footprint. We are confident that MDI's culture of excellence and total commitment to customers and employees will help ensure the success of this transaction. We look forward to working together to integrate our operations over the next several months."