Philips Targets Domination of Image-Guided Therapy Market with Volcano Acquisition

Royal Philips and Volcano Corporation are set to merge in a deal worth approximately $1 Billion.


Volcano specializes in catheter-based imaging and measurement solutions for cardiovascular applications. And that’s right in Philips’ sweet spot as it looks to create new sources of recurring revenue streams and increase sales growth for Philips in the 4 billion Euro image-guided therapy market opportunity. In its press release Philips says post-merger sales growth will be accelerated through Volcano’s close customer relationships associated with its disposable products and channel synergies that will create cross-selling opportunities between both companies’ existing customer bases. On top of the revenue bump, the combination of Volcano’s proven clinical development and commercialization capabilities with Philips’ next generation of imaging and measurement technologies, will allow Philips to introduce new solutions in higher growth segments such as the minimally invasive treatment of heart rhythm disorders and structural heart diseases. These are promising segments growing at double-digit rates.

The entirety of the purchase price is likely to be paid in cash upon completion, which is expected to happen in the first quarter of 2015.

With 2013 sales of approximately USD 400 million, San Diego, California-based Volcano is a leader in catheter–based imaging and measurements for minimally invasive diagnostics and treatment of coronary artery disease and peripheral vascular disease. Volcano is the only company in the industry with a leading position in both IVUS imaging and FFR measurements. In addition, the company possesses the broadest product portfolio around these two technologies, a leading IP position and a nascent peripheral vascular therapeutics business that targets a segment with a double-digit growth rate.

Company comments

for Philips

“The agreement to acquire Volcano significantly advances our strategy to become the leading systems integrator in image-guided therapies,” said Frans van Houten, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Philips. “Volcano’s impressive and unique product portfolio is highly complementary to our strong offering in live image-guidance solutions, creating an opportunity to accelerate the revenue growth for our image-guided therapy business to a high single-digit rate by 2017. Our combined sales forces will be able to capture immediate cross selling opportunities, while our joint R&D teams will be able to develop new solutions to address significant unmet needs in the minimally invasive treatment of cardiovascular diseases.”

Mr. Van Houten added: “Image-guided therapies provide significant benefits for healthcare systems and patients, including reduced patient trauma, shorter recovery times and hospital stays, and lower costs. As a result, our clinical partners and customers are asking for a tighter integration of imaging and measurement technologies to enable such therapies. This transaction allows us to provide our customers with an integrated solution to improve procedural outcomes at a decisive stage in the health continuum.”

for Volcano

“I am very excited that Volcano will become part of Philips and join forces with its leading image guided therapy business,” said Scott Huennekens, Volcano President and Chief Executive Officer. “This transaction will be beneficial for our shareholders, customers, partners and employees. There is a large and growing global market opportunity for image-guided therapies, and as part of Philips, we gain the scale and resources needed to accelerate our goals of improving patient outcomes on a global basis, lowering cost and delivering innovative diagnostics and therapies in the coronary and peripheral markets. In addition, our shared expertise in the image-guided therapy market will allow us to further globalize our leading IVUS and FFR product offerings and enter new product areas. We look forward to working closely with Philips and ensuring a smooth transition and closing.”

Source: Royal Philips, PR Newswire

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