Mon, Apr. 13, 6:29 PM
- Looking to grab a bigger chunk of a burgeoning healthcare analytics market by offering more industry-specific solutions, IBM is buying Phytel, a provider of cloud-based patient data aggregation/analysis software, and Explorys, provider of a massive clinical database (said to consist of 315B datapoints) and a slew of analytics apps that run on top of them. Terms are undisclosed.
- IBM declares Phytel will help it give healthcare providers "insights into patient health from data about patient behaviors and their engagement with care plans," and that Explorys will "accelerate the delivery of IBM Health Cloud and IBM Watson cognitive solutions to model and apply medical evidence and large scale analytics to data."
- Both companies are being added to a new Watson Health unit based out of Boston. The business aims to provide software/services that can surface insights from large volumes of anonymous personal health data. As part of the effort, Big Blue is launching Watson Health Cloud, a platform that allows this data to be "anonymized, shared and combined with a dynamic and constantly-growing aggregated view of clinical, research and social health data."
- IBM's partnership with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been expanded to cover Apple's HealthKit (health/fitness data) and ResearchKit (medical research) frameworks, via Watson and Health Cloud. The latter will provide a data storage/aggregation platform for iOS apps using HealthKit and ResearchKit. In addition, IBM will "build a suite of enterprise wellness apps using HealthKit."
- Also: 1) IBM is partnering with Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) to create diabetes management solutions that pair Medtronic's devices (and the data they produce) with IBM's analytics and cognitive computing tools. 2) IBM is partnering with Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) to "create intelligent coaching systems centered on preoperative and postoperative patient care, including joint replacement and spinal surgery."
Thu, Apr. 2, 10:59 AM
- Medtronic (MDT +0.4%) acquires Dutch clinic and research center Diabeter, a provider of comprehensive and individualized care for children and young adults with diabetes that currently manages over 1,500 type 1 patients. Terms are not disclosed.
- The buy marks Medtronic's first foray into a diabetes integrated care model. It intends work with Diabeter to further develop its model and then apply it around the world. It is pursuing similar strategies in heart failure and cardiology.
- Diabeter will operate as part of Medtronic's Diabetes Services & Solutions business unit.
Fri, Mar. 27, 9:30 AM
- Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) completes its acquisition of privately-held Sophono, a developer of magnetic hearing implants. Terms are not disclosed. The business will be part of Medtronic's Surgical Technologies division within the Restorative Therapies Group segment.
- Sophono's magnetic bone conduction hearing implants have been placed in more than 4,000 patients in 42 countries. They are indicated for patients at least five years of age with single-sided deafness or conductive, mixed hearing loss.
- According to the World Health Organization, disabling hearing loss affects 360M people worldwide.
Mon, Feb. 23, 9:38 AM
- Medtronic (MDT +0.2%) acquires privately-held Elizabethton, TN-based Advanced Uro-Solutions for an undisclosed sum. The company's lead product is the NURO percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation system for the treatment of overactive bladder (OAB). The 510(k)-cleared device consists of a small external stimulator and a single, reusable lead that provides temporary stimulation to the tibial nerve. Medtronic plans to launch the system in the U.S. in the next 12 months.
- OAB affects ~17% of women and 16% of men in the U.S.
Tue, Jan. 27, 8:23 AM
Nov. 28, 2014, 10:45 AM
- Medtronic (MDT +1.3%) secures EU approval for its $43B acquisition of Covidien plc (COV +1%) contingent on, as expected, Covidien selling Stellarex, its drug-coated angioplasty balloon. Spectranetics (SPNC +1.9%) agreed to purchase Stellarex several weeks ago for $30M. The FTC recently gave its blessing to the transaction as well.
- Previously: FTC clears Medtronic/Covidien marriage
- Previously: Spectranetics buys Covidien's DCB platform
Nov. 26, 2014, 3:57 PM
- The Federal Trade Commission approves the merger between Medtronic (MDT +1%) and Covidien plc (COV +1.2%) with the proviso that Covidien divest its drug-coated catheter business before completing the transaction. Covidien agreed to sell the business for $30M to Spectranetics (SPNC +1%) several weeks ago.
- Previously: Medtronic buying Covidien for $42.9B
Nov. 12, 2014, 4:53 AM
- Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) submitted concessions last Friday in a bid to secure regulatory approval for its $43B acquisition of Covidien (NYSE:COV), says the European Commission.
- The EU antitrust authority will decide by Nov. 28 whether to clear the deal.
- A takeover of its Irish rival would reduce Medtronic's overall global tax burden, although it has said that the takeover is not an "inversion" deal for tax reasons.
Oct. 3, 2014, 10:19 AM
- Shaking off the potential flak from Uncle Sam for using its foreign cash to buy Covidien (COV +5.2%), Medtronic (MDT +3.5%) instead will rely on $16B in external financing to complete the transaction. Covidien shareholders will still receive $35.19 per share in cash plus 0.956 of an ordinary share of Medtronic.
- All terms and conditions of the definitive agreement signed by the two firms in June remain unchanged.
Sep. 23, 2014, 7:45 AM
- U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says that the Obama Administration is prepared to institute rules to stop tax inversion deals. If so, it will do so without a sliver of Republican support. Barclays analyst Michael Leuchten says, "Washington is playing for time. It makes them look good and it allows Congress to maybe get its act together and maybe do something on the legislative side."
- Mr. Lew's comments have spooked the market a bit. European companies already involved in deals or rumored to be targets are all under pressure due to the perception that some of the deals already announced may be at risk.
- The U.S. firm in the best position is Horizon Pharma (NASDAQ:HZNP). It completed its tax inversion transaction with Ireland-based Vidara Therapeutics last week.
- Related tickers: (MDT -0.4%)(COV -0.5%)(ABBV -0.6%)(SHPG -0.7%)(OTCQB:SHPGF -1.5%)(PFE -0.7%)(AZN -0.1%)(SNN +0.1%)(SYK -0.8%)
Sep. 23, 2014, 3:45 AM
- Under Treasury Secretary Jack Lew’s crackdown on inversions, the Treasury Department announced new tax rules late yesterday to deter U.S. companies from moving their domicile to countries with lower tax rates.
- The tax changes make it harder for companies to complete overseas mergers, and should they choose to invert, companies will face a hard time using the cash accumulated abroad.
- The new rules are effective immediately and apply to all deals that have not closed by yesterday.
- Related M&A: MDT, COV, SLXP, MYL, CQB, OTC:FYFFF,BKW, THI
Aug. 26, 2014, 7:11 AM
- Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) acquires privately-held Dutch firm Sapiens Steering Brain Stimulation for ~$200M in cash. The company is developing a deep brain stimulation system with 40 individual stimulation points. It its designed to allow more precise stimulation of the target while reducing the potential for side effects.
- Medtronic will integrate Sapiens into its neuromodulation business.
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Jun. 15, 2014, 9:37 PM
- Confirming earlier reports, Medtronic (MDT) is buying Covidien (COV) in a cash and stock deal valuing Covidien at $93.22 per share based on Medtronic's Friday close of $60.70. The price represents a near-30% premium to Covidien's Friday close.
- The transaction will have each share of Covidien converted into the right to receive $35.19 in cash and 0.956 shares of Medtronic.
- Medtronic expects the purchase to be accretive to cash earnings in the first fiscal year following the close (late this year, or early next), and significantly accretive thereafter, with $850M of annual pre-tax cost synergies by the end of fiscal 2018.
- As noted earlier, the purchase will have Medtronic moving its principal executive offices to Ireland, where corporate tax rates are lower than the U.S.
- Press release
- Previously: Medtronic in talks for $40B+ Covidien deal
Jun. 15, 2014, 10:59 AM
- Medtronic (MDT) is in advanced talks to buy Covidien (COV) for more than $40B. The deal could be announced as early as tomorrow.
- The tax inversion will allow Medtronic to be domiciled in Ireland, where Covidien is based, and permit the company to pay a lower corporate tax rate.
- Medtronic has a current market value of $61B, and Covidien is valued at $32B.
Jun. 4, 2014, 2:25 PM
- Bloomberg reports Medtronic (MDT +3.8%) is mulling a buyout offer for knee/hip implant maker Smith & Nephew (SNN +8.6%). SNN and i-banks are said to be "aware of Medtronic's interest.".
- The news service cautions Medtronic's prep work is at an early stage, and that "no offer is imminent." Nonetheless, Medtronic is viewed as "a more serious bidder" for SNN than Stryker (SYK -0.1%), previously rumored to be weighing an offer.
- Sources state a deal would likely result in Medtronic using SNN's corporate shell to change its legal residence to the U.K., and thereby take advantage of lower tax rates. Medtronic, which has a large offshore cash balance, has previously said it's open to a tax-inversion deal.
- Shares of both companies have spiked higher following the report. SNN's market cap is currently at $17B.
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Medtronic PLC is engaged in providing medical technology alleviating pain, restoring health, and extending life of people. It currently functions in three operating segments that manufacture and sell device-based medical therapies.
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