With a bid of roughly $2 billion, KKR has emerged victorious in the auction for the ambulance business of Envision Healthcare (NYSE: EVHC), according to Reuters. The firm is now in advanced discussions with the outpatient surgery operator about finalizing a deal, with plans to merge the unit with Air Medical, a provider of medical helicopter transportation services KKR bought for about $2 billion in 2015.
KKR has been actively trying to boost its medical transportation portfolio. In April, the firm lost out in its bid to buy helicopter transportation company Air Methods, which instead sold to American Securities in a $2.5 billion deal. Since the start of 2010, KKR has completed 62 deals in the healthcare sector, per the PitchBook Platform, second most of any PE firm.