Earlier this month HeartWare International, Inc. told us it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Israel’s Valtech Cardio, Ltd. The deal, which could ultimately be worth the best part of a billion dollars, will see circulatory support company Heartware, branching out into transcatheter mitral and tricuspid valve repair.
Valtech is a privately held company that specializes in the development of innovative surgical and transcatheter valve repair and replacement devices for the treatment of the most prevalent heart valve diseases – mitral valve regurgitation (MR) and tricuspid valve regurgitation (TR).
The context for the deal is clear enough. After all, the vast majority of patients with MR and TR also suffer from advanced heart failure, and the progression of heart failure can accelerate considerably as a result of valvular dysfunction. Patients with advanced heart failure who receive a ventricular assist device (VAD), like HeartWare’s HVAD® System, commonly undergo a concomitant, therapeutic mitral or tricuspid valve procedure. This transaction provides HeartWare with a highly complementary portfolio of technologies to broaden the treatments it offers heart failure patients and enhance patient outcomes.
The agreement will see Valtech shareholders receive an up-front consideration of 4.4 million shares of HeartWare common stock; 800,000 shares of HeartWare common stock, contingent upon CE Mark approval for Cardioband; and 700,000 shares of HeartWare common stock upon the earlier of first-in-man implants for either Cardioband tricuspid or CardioValve.
Then there’s a stock option component which allows for the purchase of 850,000 shares of HeartWare common stock at an exercise price of $83.73 per share (based on a volume weighted average price of HeartWare shares) exercisable upon attainment of $75 million in net sales (trailing 12 months) of Valtech products, and an earn-out payment of $375 million (payable in cash or stock, at the discretion of HeartWare), upon attainment of $450 million of net sales (trailing 12 months) of Valtech products.
In total, that could amount to well north of $900 million.
“We have been actively monitoring the mitral space for several years, given the overlap of patient population and referral channel with our VAD business,” said Doug Godshall, President and CEO of HeartWare.
“We identified Valtech as having the broadest, most compelling portfolio several years ago, which led to an investment in 2013. This investment gave us a unique opportunity to observe Valtech’s significant progress across their portfolio of valve repair and replacement technologies. It is from this vantage point that we have concluded that Valtech’s platforms represent the most innovative and comprehensive portfolio of interventional and surgical products for mitral and tricuspid repair and replacement in development today. Valtech provides HeartWare with commercial-stage products for mitral repair, as well as a robust technology pipeline, an advanced R&D center and an impressive, experienced team with a proven track record. This combination represents an attractive opportunity for value creation for HeartWare shareholders, customers, employees and patients by expanding HeartWare’s footprint in the high-growth structural heart market.”
“Valtech has benefited significantly from HeartWare’s early investment in our company. Since then, we have developed a strong relationship based on a shared mission to deliver transformative products to patients with advanced heart failure and degenerative heart conditions,” said Amir Gross, Founder and CEO of Valtech. “By joining HeartWare, we can more quickly and fully realize the potential of our pipeline technologies and further influence the underpenetrated markets that we serve. HeartWare’s existing market development experience and commercial infrastructure provide a compelling platform from which to launch multiple products worldwide, including a near-term launch of Cardioband in international markets following anticipated CE Mark approval this year. Together, we can offer clinical heart failure teams a compelling portfolio of surgical and interventional technologies to serve the advanced heart failure population.”
Source: PR Newswire