Merger Fervor In 2018 Nears $5 Billion For Just 3 Top Medtech Players

Medical-technology giants like Medtronic (MDT), Stryker (SYK) and Boston Scientific (BSX) are in the mood for mergers — simply because they’re getting easier.

Over the past 10 months, the three have announced deals worth a total of nearly $5 billion amid a “hot” streak in heart valves, robotic surgery and diabetic instruments.

Innovation helps. But so does cash. Just before Christmas Day 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law a sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code, slashing the corporate tax rate to 21% from 35%. The changes also made it temporarily easier for companies to repatriate cash from overseas. After medtech companies kicked a few tires, they decided to use their cash to add growth, Needham analyst Mike Matson said.

“Strong companies with good growth and good gross margins are likely to get acquired,” Matson said.

The biggest acquisitions include Medtronic’s $1.35 billion upfront bid on Mazor Robotics(MZOR) and Stryker’s plans to buy K2M Group Holdings (KTWO) for $1.4 billion. In total, the three biggest medtech firms announced 14 bids north of $4.7 billion.

PNC Capital Advisors analyst Luyi Guo says there have been more tuck-in deals this year. Boston has been the most acquisitive, with Stryker’s activity in line, she said.

“Some companies, such as Boston, have been very active this year, but not all have been as active, so we would expect M&A activities to continue to be robust because of the need to enter growth areas and access innovative and disruptive technologies,” Guo told IBD via email.

By Allison Gatlin | Investor’s Business Daily

Image Credit:  Allison Gatlin / Investor’s Business Daily

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About Peter Coffaro 513 Articles
A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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