The work comp services market is bifurcating. The big are getting (much) bigger, the $100-$250 million companies morphing into giants as they merge together or are acquired by private equity backed firms.
Meanwhile a whole host of new entrants are appearing – more on that in a minute.
Much of this has been rather mysterious to most. A good bit of light will be shed on the big-getting-bigger phenomenon today in a session at the NWCDC. I’ll be moderating a panel of three eminent investment executives tasked with explaining the whys and hows and whats; it kicks off at 10:45. Don’t be late as this is going to be very popular.
One of the key topics will be the factors that make some of the newly-constructed companies succeed while others don’t. There are a couple firms that provide real-world examples…
Back to the little gals and guys. I lead with gals because women seem to be inordinately represented among the CEO ranks of these emerging companies.
Whether its transportation or home health/DME or SIU, the exhibit floor and attendee ranks are brimming with hyper-motivated, very focused, totally committed small companies looking to take advantage of distracted, stodgy, slowly moving megacorps seemingly more focused on managing perceptions than service.
Many will succeed.
The long-rumored York acquisition will not close during the show, but it will close. Final details are being wrapped up and regulatory approvals obtained. Knowing the parties and principals involved, it’s very likely they will not make the same mistakes noted above.