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Philips to acquire Volcano for $1 billion

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Staff writer ▼ | December 17, 2014
Royal Philips and Volcano Corporation, a provider of catheter-based imaging and measurement solutions for cardiovascular applications, announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement.
Volcano Corporation
Acquisition   The image-guided therapy market
Pursuant to the agreement, Philips will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Volcano for $18 per share, or a total equity purchase price of $1 billion (approx. EUR 800 million), to be paid in cash upon completion.

The board of directors of Volcano has unanimously approved the transaction and recommends the offer to its shareholders. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015.

In the last few years, Philips has created a leading image-guided therapy business through strategic investments in R&D, partnerships and technology licenses. Today, Philips has a rich portfolio of interventional imaging equipment, navigation tools, and services, and a sizeable global customer base, including each of the top 50 U.S.

Heart Surgery and Cardiology hospitals. One in every three interventional X-ray systems sold globally is a Philips system. These systems provide the visual maps that allow the clinician to guide thin, tube-shaped instruments called catheters through the body, to the area of interest and perform the minimally invasive treatment.

In image-guided treatments of the heart and blood vessels, there is an increasing trend to use advanced catheters that are capable of producing ultrasound images of the interior of blood vessels (intravascular ultrasound or IVUS) or perform blood flow measurements (fractional flow reserve or FFR).

There is a growing body of clinical evidence that the use of such technologies in conjunction with interventional X-ray helps improve procedural outcomes.

With 2013 sales of approximately $400 million, San Diego, California-based Volcano is a leader in catheter–based imaging and measurements for minimally invasive diagnostics and treatment of coronary artery disease and peripheral vascular disease. Volcano is the only company in the industry with a leading position in both IVUS imaging and FFR measurements.

In addition, the company possesses the broadest product portfolio around these two technologies, a leading IP position and a nascent peripheral vascular therapeutics business that targets a segment with a double-digit growth rate. â–