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Wright Medical Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WMGI) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Biotech International (Biotech), a leading, privately held French orthopaedic extremities company. The transaction will significantly expand Wright’s direct sales channel in France and international distribution network and add Biotech’s complementary extremity product portfolio to further accelerate growth opportunities in Wright’s global Extremities business.
Under the terms of the agreement, Wright will acquire 100% of Biotech’s outstanding equity shares on a fully diluted basis at a total offer price of up to $80 million as follows: $75 million payable at closing, comprised of approximately $55 million of cash and $20 million of Wright common stock, and up to an additional $5 million of cash contingent upon the achievement of certain revenue milestones in 2014 and 2015. All Wright common stock issued in connection with the transaction will be subject to a one-year lockup.
The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013. As part of the transaction, Biotech will spin off its dental business before the close.
Robert Palmisano, president and chief executive officer of Wright, commented, “The acquisition of Biotech International is an excellent fit for our Extremities business, enabling us to immediately expand our direct foot and ankle presence in Europe and add a base of extremity revenue that we can effectively grow on a go-forward basis. In addition, Biotech’s products complement our existing foot and ankle portfolio and include several specialized products that expand our extremities product offering. We plan to utilize Biotech’s strong direct sales channel in France and established distributor presence in emerging markets to extend the reach of our international distribution network and further accelerate growth opportunities in our global Extremities business.”
Bruno Thevenet, president of Biotech International, and Philippe Veran, co-founder, added, “We are delighted to partner with a company that shares Biotech’s commitment to building a high-growth, global Extremities business. We believe that Wright Medical, with its global leadership position in the foot and ankle market and expertise in medical education and product development, is the ideal partner to accelerate growth and realize the full potential of Biotech’s sales channels around the world. We look forward to working with Wright to ensure a seamless transfer and the continued success of our business as part of Wright Medical.”