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Smith & Nephew Tops European M&A Targets for Second Year in Row

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Smith & Nephew Plc, the British maker of replacement knee joints and medical devices, is the top European acquisition target for the second year in a row in a Bloomberg survey of traders and analysts.

Smith & Nephew, which has a market value of about $14.6 billion, has been repeatedly linked to a tie-up with U.S. peer Stryker Corp. in media reports. In December, financial blog Street Insider said Stryker had offered about $18 billion for the U.K. company, citing a person with knowledge of the matter who it didn’t name.

Stryker Chief Executive Officer Kevin Lobo said this month that M&A is a priority for the company and will continue to drive sales growth.

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