CryoLife Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Cardiogenesis

31-Mar-2011 - USA
CryoLife, Inc.  and Cardiogenesis Corporation announced that the boards of directors of both companies have approved a definitive agreement under which CryoLife will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Cardiogenesis for $0.457 per share. The all-cash transaction values Cardiogenesis at approximately $22 million, net of cash acquired and liabilities assumed. The offer represents a 43 percent premium to Cardiogenesis' closing price on March 28, 2011. The transaction is expected to be conducted as a tender offer followed by a merger and to close in mid to late May 2011.
Cardiogenesis had sales of $11.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2010. Cardiogenesis' market leading YAG laser system and single use, fiber-optic delivery systems are FDA approved for performing a surgical procedure known as Transmyocardial Revascularization (TMR), which treats patients with angina that is not responsive to standard medications. Patients undergoing TMR treatment with Cardiogenesis products have been shown to have angina improvement, longer event-free survival, reduction in cardiac related hospitalizations, and increased exercise tolerance. The current market potential for TMR surgical procedures in the U.S. is estimated to be greater than $175 million. CryoLife believes that the delivery of biologic materials, such as stem cells, in conjunction with TMR could increase the estimated U.S. market potential to greater than $700 million.
"We believe this transaction will benefit the customers, employees and shareholders of both companies," said Steven G. Anderson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of CryoLife. "Cardiogenesis brings developed technologies with proven clinical outcomes in the treatment of cardiovascular disease and a pipeline of potential new products that build on the TMR platform. Cardiogenesis' products greatly expand our customer offerings and we believe they will create opportunities for us to cross sell and rollout Cardiogenesis' products on a global platform. We look forward to welcoming Cardiogenesis employees to the CryoLife team as we work together to create opportunity for our customers and investors."

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