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Castanea Partners Completes Sale of Decision Resources to Providence Equity Partners

July 9, 2007 - Newton, Massachusetts - Castanea Partners announced today the sale of Decision Resources, Inc. to Providence Equity Partners. Decision Resources is one of the world’s leading research and advisory firms focused on pharmaceutical and healthcare issues. In late 2003, Castanea purchased Decision Resources, in partnership with Boston Ventures Management LLC.

For almost three decades, Decision Resources has provided in-depth research on the trends, emerging developments, and market potential in the healthcare industry. The company leverages its highly educated staff and access to industry thought leaders to offer an array of market leading research publications, data, and advisory services. Decision Resources provides critical insights driving business decisions and commercial success within the biopharmaceutical, managed care, medical device, and financial markets.

“Since Peter Hoenigsberg left Castanea Partners to become CEO of Decision Resources, he and his team have done an outstanding job of accessing new markets and customers by building on the company’s insightful, value-added health care information assets with targeted product development and acquisitions. We wish him and his staff a successful journey ahead” said Robert Smith, co-managing partner of Castanea Partners. 

During its ownership of the company, the Castanea team worked alongside management to expand into additional industry verticals and provided strategic advice in identifying potential targets, resulting in the acquisition of two complementary businesses. At the end of 2004, the company acquired HealthLeaders, and became the country’s leading managed care provider. In early 2006, Decision Resources acquired Millennium Research Group, the leading provider of market research and usage data for the medical device industry.

About Castanea Partners

Founded in 2001, Castanea Partners is a Boston-based private equity firm that invests in small to middle market companies in publishing, education, training, consumer brands, specialty retail, and marketing services. The firm has extensive operating and private equity investment experience in these sectors and, working closely with management, seeks to optimize business performance and realize attractive returns. Castanea participates in traditional management buyouts, sales of private companies, industry consolidation opportunities, growth and acquisition equity, and operationally challenging situations. Castanea is currently investing from its second fund, a $207 million fund that targets companies with enterprise values between $25 and $125 million.

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