Whatever’s This? Covidien Announcing An Acquisition?

In short

Covidien counts patient monitoring and respiratory care devices among its empire of businesses and has now added to its portfolio with the announcement that it is to acquire Israeli respiratory monitoring company Oridion Systems Ltd.

Background

Jerusalem-based Oridion Systems develops Microstream® capnography monitors and modules, in conjunction with specialised algorithms, as well as etCO2 breath sampling lines. Together, these products monitor adequacy of ventilation and provide an early indication of airway compromise to make patient care safer and easier.

The Boards of Directors of both companies have unanimously approved the transaction, pursuant to which a wholly owned subsidiary of Covidien will pay a total of approximately $300 million, net of cash acquired.

The transaction, structured as a merger, will be subject to the approval of Oridion’s shareholders, customary closing conditions and receipt of certain regulatory approvals. The companies expect to complete the merger in the second calendar quarter of 2012.

Covidien comments

“The acquisition of Oridion Systems adds a key monitoring technology to the Covidien portfolio,” said Robert J. White, President, Respiratory & Monitoring Systems, Covidien. “Oridion’s products and etCO2 technology are excellent complements to the Company’s current portfolio of pulse oximeters and monitoring products, enabling us to offer a complete portfolio of solutions to monitor respiratory function for patients around the world.”

Once the transaction has been completed, Covidien will report the Oridion Systems business as part of its Oximetry & Monitoring product line in the Medical Devices segment.

Source: Covidien, Business Wire