Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (“CPS”) is a leading provider of outsourced pharmacy services to hospitals and other healthcare facilities with significant scale, a substantial suite of solutions, and high customer retention rates.


Key Figures


Memphis, TN






November 2012


March 2019

Investment Status:




Transaction Highlights

  • Hospital pharmacy outsourcing was a subsector identified as a beneficiary of several NPC key themes
  • Company identified that NPC’s vision and expertise could help CPS’s core service target large Integrated Delivery Networks (“IDNs”), making the NPC principals the CEO / entrepreneur’s partner of choice despite higher offers from competing bidders

Investment Thesis

  • Significant white space at time of acquisition, and CPS was the only provider of scale
  • Ability to generate attractive cost savings, with a management estimate of 6 – 10% savings on pharmacy spend (typically one of the largest expense items for hospitals)
  • Opportunity to bolster the management team of a market-leading platform through investments in sales, marketing, new service innovation, and strategy, while leveraging the company’s strong value proposition to expand the market penetration into large IDNs

Investment Highlights and NexPhase Value Add

Hired an EVP of Development, who built a five person health system-focused team to drive sales to IDNs

Hired a Chief Strategy Officer to enhance marketing and product development

Added over 500 new hospitals and healthcare providers including a number of IDNs

Launched a Specialty Pharmacy service line to extend coverage of the continuum of care and increase control of drug spend for hospitals, significantly enhancing CPS’s growth trajectory at exit

Provided M&A expertise and resources to help facilitate two highly accretive acquisitions that cemented CPS’s market-leading position


  • Highly successful exit to a financial sponsor

  • Through two accretive acquisitions and continued organic growth, strengthened position as outsourced pharmacy market leader

  • CPS approximately tripled client hospital facility count during ownership period

  • Strong financial performance highlighted by 18% EBITDA CAGR over NexPhase’s investment period


A Note From The Chairperson


In partnership with NexPhase, CPS has grown its suite of services and solutions that empower our clients to help them achieve their goals across the continuum of care. I’m grateful for the work we’ve accomplished during our partnership.


Former Executive Chairperson and CEO of CPS