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Oren Frank, Co-Founder and CEO at Talkspace, Roni Frank, Co-Founder & Head of Clinical Services at
Talkspace, Brian Sozzi, Myles Udland and Julie Hyman at Yahoo!
Yahoo! Finance: Market OpenTherapy Service Talkspace to Go Public via $1.4B SPAC Deal
January 15, 2021
[Broadcast Clip; 10:40 AM ET]
Brian Sozzi: Online therapy provider Talkspace said this week it will go public in a $1.4 billion SPAC deal. Now the deal is being backed by blank check company started by JP Morgans former CFO Doug Braunstein. And joining us are the founders of Talkspace, Roni and Oren Frank. Good morning to you both. Certainly, Im sure, a very exciting week for you two, and the company. Oren, let me start with you. What is the pitch here to investors?
Oren Frank: I think that it wasfirst of all, good morning, thanks for having us, and his name is actually Doug Braunstein, our new partner. The pitch to investors here is very simple, behavioral health as an industry has been underprioritized, almost to a level of neglect, for many, many years. And we are going to be the first publicly traded company that focuses on, I would say access and quality of care, in behavioral health, and mostly through virtual or remote care, which is the perfect fit for behavioral health, and we think theres room in the market for a pure play platform that focuses on that line of health care, which as I mentioned before has been underserved for many, many decades.
Myles Udland: And so, Im thinking, Roni, a bit about the changes that have happened just this year. In many ways it seems like the market maybe came to you. All or most all, you know, mental health counseling now has to be remote, it is virtual, something you guys have been working on already. How much did it change maybe the trajectory of where you saw the industry headed, you know, given unfortunately, the pandemic we find ourselves in?
Roni Frank: So while COVID-19 pandemic, an economic recession and social unrest heightened depression, heightened anxiety, loneliness, relationships, its important to understand that the crisis of mental health was before this unprecedented year. In the U.S. alone, 70 million people suffer from some level of mental health issues, and only half of them receive care. Why? Because its too expensive, its not convenient, its not accessible and people are just struggling without the ability to receive professional help. So we built a technology platform to address this huge unmet need with the mission to democratize mental health care, improving clinical outcomes and reducing costs.
Julie Hyman: And Roni, I want to follow up on that, and talk about the Talkspace platform a little bit more, because a lot of the interaction between therapists and users of the platform is by text I know you have video as well. And some in the sort of more traditional psychotherapy community have questioned the effectiveness of those texts, right, as a way to conduct therapy, and have said that in-person, or at the very least, video sessions, in a sort of constrained manner or with boundaries might be a more effective way. So how are you thinking about that? And what does the research show on that front?
Roni Frank: The providers are setting the expectations with their clients so of course they can put boundaries and they are explaining how many times a day they are going to respond, what time, how its working. And its about a relationship, and the engagement between the client and the therapist. Some clients prefer messaging. Some clients prefer live video chat. It is all about meeting the clients needs.
Oren Frank: I would add that in terms of research, we have a huge value of research that shows the multimedia modality that we practice, it performs equally and sometimes actually a little better than what is expected from the traditional settings of face to face therapy. Which is great, Ive used face to face therapy for years. We have nothing against it. But the truth is, that delivery modality failed to satisfy the demand in the market. By going virtual, we can expand the number of people that have access, and as I mentioned before, we have over 10 peer review studies. We just received a grant of almost $7 million to do a very large scale study on exactly your question. So were very confident that this works, at least as good as the traditional care model does.
Roni Frank: It is also important to mention that the providers love the messaging because they love the flexibility and the convenience of the platform, and basically they can provide services any time, and anywhere, so they love this modality.
Brian Sozzi: Oren, why did you both choose the SPAC route?
Oren Frank: So I think, you know, a SPAC is a platform, and I listened carefully to your previous segment, and Im not sure that SPAC is a category. For us, it is the quality of the company, the quality of the sponsor, and more above everything else is the relationship between the two. We are a relationship company, we deal with behavioral health, so the chemistry, and to be honest, we hit it off with Hudson and with Doug Braunstein from the very first moment. We were given a mandate from our board to look at all possibilities, including going the traditional way to become a publicly traded company, and we found that their level of expertise and know-how about health care, and their network of investors and CEOs, in the health care, and who they are, were a really good fit for us. So it was personal, to be honest.
Roni Frank: I would like to add that mental health is such a huge part of our overall health and well-being, and this merger is that, and they have been so excited for us, because it allows us to grow very, very quickly, and offer our services to many, many more people, and give them the opportunity to live better, happier, healthier lives, and thats the real mission, and thats what Im so excited about.
Brian Sozzi: Lastly, here, just on the numbers. So youre projecting a $12 million adjusted operating loss this year, but you do expect $42 million in adjusted operating profits by 2023. How do you go from a loss this year to making those types of profits?
Oren Frank: So this is a vastly-growing market. And of course, there are very clear advantages to scale. And we strongly believe that, and weve seen this trajectory in the past, its not something that we are not trending towards already, and we strongly believe that once we reach a run rate, which is about twice of what we are today, we will go EBITDA positive, so its in the plan. I think actually the plan that we released, as part of the merger discussion is pretty conservative. As you mentioned in the previous segment, we want to deliver on our goals, on our budgets, and everything is reported, and we are confident we can do that.
Brian Sozzi: Alright, well leave it there. Good luck on the road ahead as a public company. Talkspace founders Roni and Oren Frank. Have good weekend.
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