Baxter To Acquire Synovis


“The combined business will offer surgeons in the United States and around the world a more complete line of innovative tools used to treat patients.”

Baxter International Inc. and Synovis Life Technologies, Inc. have announced a definitive agreement for Baxter to acquire Synovis, a leading provider of biological and mechanical products for soft tissue repair used in a variety of surgical procedures. The acquisition complements and will expand the portfolio of Baxter’s regenerative medicine and biosurgery franchise, which includes a number of devices and biological products for hemostasis, tissue sealing and adherence.

The Synovis board of directors has unanimously approved the transaction and is recommending that its shareholders approve the agreement at an offer price of $28 per share, which equates to $325 million of equity value or approximately $260 million after adjusting for the net cash. Annual sales for Synovis were approximately $70 million in 2010.

About Synovis products

Synovis develops, manufactures and markets medical devices used primarily in surgical procedures for soft tissue repair, including PERI-STRIPS DRY, TISSUE-GUARD and VERITAS Collagen Matrix. These products are used in a variety of surgical procedures, including obesity surgery; patching the lining of the brain, vessels, and cardiac defects; hernia repair, and vascular surgery.

The Synovis portfolio also includes products used in microsurgery such as the COUPLER, FLOW COUPLER and GEM MICROCLIP. These products are used for joining small diameter vessels during autologous tissue breast reconstruction; sealing small blood vessels; and head, neck and hand procedures.

Its newest business area is orthopedic and wound management products, with applications ranging from the repair of rotator cuff and other tendon injuries to advanced wound management. These products are primarily used by reconstructive, orthopedic, sports medicine, podiatric, and vascular surgeons.

Baxter comments

“The medical device business that Synovis has built, and its technical capabilities to develop and manufacture surgical products, is highly complementary to Baxter’s existing offering of BioSurgery products,” said Ludwig Hantson, President of Baxter’s BioScience business. “The combined business will offer surgeons in the United States and around the world a more complete line of innovative tools used to treat patients.”

Synovis comments

“We are enthusiastic about this transaction not only because it is beneficial to our shareholders and employees,” said Richard Kramp, President and Chief Executive Officer of Synovis, “but also because the combination of Baxter’s and Synovis’ product portfolios will greatly expand the combined entity’s presence in the exciting and expanding soft tissue repair market, benefiting patients worldwide.”

The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2012, subject to approval by Synovis’ shareholders, customary closing conditions and expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.

Source: Baxter