Updated February 1, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
The $372 million buyout of Navilyst Medical by AngioDynamics (NSDQ:ANGO) is a reset button that will reinforce the combined operation for the future, AngioDynamics CEO Joe DeVivo told MassDevice this afternoon.
AngioDynamics agreed yesterday to pay $372 million* for Navilyst, the vascular device business spun out by Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX) in 2008 to Avista Capital Partners. The deal will double AngioDynamics’ share of the vascular access market, according to the company, but for DeVivo it’s a chance to put the business on a rock-solid foundation.
"It’s basically a reset button," he told us. "It allows me to create a new baseline, to structure the operations to become more efficient. This is a complete deal that, by merging these competitors which are very alike and very similar, but also have very different and complementary strengths and weaknesses, it’s a way to have a refresh for the entire combined company."
The deal, expected to close during AngioDynamics’ fiscal 4th quarter ending in May, prompted ANGO to issue new guidance for fiscal 2013. Net sales are now predicted to reach $360 million; earnings per share are slated for an 8-cent boost excluding costs related to the merger and 1-time items. The acquisition is also expected to save about $5 million to $7 million annually during fiscal 2013 "and increase to approximately $10-15 million on a run-rate basis over a 2-3 year period," according to the company.
DeVivo told us that the two companies had been talking for about 18 months about a possible deal. Once he took over the corner office in August 2011, he said, "I took it upon myself to rekindle the dialogue."
"On both sides, everyone is thoroughly convinced that this is a brilliant opportunity to build a great company," DeVivo said, adding that although no big deals are likely on the horizon, "over the next 12 months we have the opportunity to continue to license technologies that will now benefit from a multiple, focused sales force."
"That will continue, but we won’t be doing anything large in the near future until we’ve fully integrated and started to reap the rewards," he explained. "We’ll be generating a significant amount of cash – we may be able to pay off this debt in 3 years. I’d be looking to continue to expand on this new platform."
AngioDynamics said it plans to fund the deal with $97 million in cash and $150 million in debt and equity financing from J.P. Morgan, Bank of America and KeyBank National Assn. That will leave Avista with a roughly 27% stake in AngioDynamics.
ANGN shares lost 0.6% of their value last year, meaning Angeion shelled out more than a million dollars for less than zero growth.
Former CEO Rodney Young departed the Minnesota company on the last day of 2010, taking a $624,000 severance package with him. Angeion replaced Young with Philip Smith but fired him a mere 5 months later, paying out $451,000. His replacement, Gregg Lehman, earned $279,000 last year.
Angeion blamed its swing to 3rd-quarter losses last year on legal fees and severance payouts for Smith, but that wasn’t the 1st personnel snafu for the company. It announced the termination of then-CFO William Kullback in a terse SEC filing in July 2010, not naming a permanent replacement until May 2011, when it tapped Rob Wolf for the job.
Chairman Mark Sheffert told the Star Tribune that $1.4 million was a lot of money for a company that lost $200,000 on revenues of $29.1 million.
"I’m optimistic about how things are going now, and the direction we’re taking," Sheffert told the newspaper. "There’s no question that, over time, people will see these were good moves.
"Even as we’ve gone through 3 CEOs, the cash and the lack of debt have continued to be steadfast metrics," he said. "Our operating expenses are still high in relation to our revenues, but Lehman has begun processes to bring those down. … Our major focus is on continuing to grow our profit margins and to grow our revenues, both organically and through opportunities for alliances, partnerships and acquisitions."
ANGN shares were down 2.8% to $5.25 apiece as of about 12:40 today. Read more
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Greenway intends to issue roughly 6.7 million shares, priced between $11 and $13, and to trade under the NYSE ticker GWAY. Read more
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*Correction, February 1, 2012: This article originally stated that AngioDynamics agreed to a purchase price of $14.20 per share. The correct value is $372 million total. Return to the corrected sentence.