CONMED Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Buffalo Filter LLC

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Source: Business Wire

CONMED Corporation today announced a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Buffalo Filter LLC (Buffalo Filter) for $365 million on a cash-free, debt-free basis. The transaction is expected to be financed through a combination of new convertible notes and an expanded and amended credit facility. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of U.S. regulatory approval, and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019.

“This acquisition is a strong strategic fit with our General Surgery portfolio, and the platform technology provides us a leading position in the high-growth smoke-evacuation market”

Founded in 1991, Buffalo Filter, part of Filtration Group, is the market leader in surgical smoke evacuation technologies. The company’s comprehensive product portfolio includes smoke evacuation pencils, smoke evacuators, and laparoscopic solutions.

“This acquisition is a strong strategic fit with our General Surgery portfolio, and the platform technology provides us a leading position in the high-growth smoke-evacuation market,” commented Curt R. Hartman, President and Chief Executive Officer of CONMED. “We believe this technology, combined with our focused innovation in the surgical suite, will deliver impactful solutions to address significant challenges confronting healthcare practitioners and their patients. We look forward to welcoming Buffalo Filter’s talented team to CONMED.”

Samantha Bonano, President and Chief Executive Officer of Buffalo Filter, added, “We are excited to join CONMED and continue our mission of improving safety in the operating room. We believe that the combination of our dedicated teams, as well as our proven research and development expertise, will enable us to continue to bring best-in-class smoke-evacuation products to a growing global market.”

Financial Highlights

In conjunction with the acquisition, the Company is reiterating previously issued financial guidance for 2018. Going forward, the acquisition is expected to improve the profitability profile of CONMED by adding approximately 50 basis points to the organic constant currency revenue growth of the Company. The impact on overall gross margins is expected to be neutral in 2019 and accretive thereafter. The acquisition is expected to improve adjusted operating margins of the Company by approximately 100 basis points in the first year and an additional 100 basis points by year three.

Based on the anticipated date of closing, CONMED expects the acquisition to be neutral to adjusted cash earnings per share in 2019 and between $0.10 and $0.15 per share accretive in 2020. On a GAAP basis, the transaction is expected to be dilutive in 2019, and less dilutive or increasingly accretive thereafter, due to estimated amortization expense and acquisition-related net charges, which are based on a preliminary valuation and are subject to change.

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