Quidel, a provider of rapid diagnostic testing solutions, cellular-based virology assays and molecular diagnostic systems, announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire the Triage MeterPro cardiovascular (CV) and toxicology assets and the B-type Naturietic Peptide (BNP) assay business run on Beckman Coulter analyzers from Alere Inc. These products are being divested in order to obtain antitrust approvals required for Abbott’s pending acquisition of Alere. The sale transactions are subject to the completion of Abbott’s acquisition of Alere, as well as antitrust approvals and other customary closing conditions.
Quidel will distribute the Triage MeterPro products and BNP assays through a combination of direct sales force and distributors. Triage MeterPro revenues were $146 million in 2016, while estimated revenues for the BNP business as structured under the transaction were $51 million for the same period. Total actual and estimated revenues for the acquired businesses in 2016 were $197 million. The transactions will be funded through a combination of cash on hand and committed financing. Quidel expects the transactions to close by September 30, 2017.
“We’ve been looking at acquisition opportunities in high-growth segments of the POC diagnostics market, such as cardiovascular, for several years, and believe that this strategic acquisition extends Quidel’s market leadership, adding an extensive cardiovascular and toxicology POC offering to our innovative medical diagnostics portfolio. The Triage acquisition significantly stabilizes our quarterly revenue profile and enhances our geographic and product diversity, with substantial expansion opportunities in new markets. Further, while the installed base of Triage MeterPro instruments in the US nicely complements the installed base of our Sofia and Solana platforms in the hospital segment, there will be new call points that our US commercial organization can leverage as well. And internationally, the Triage MeterPro system gives us access to the rapidly evolving cardiac biomarker segment, one of the faster growing segments in the IVD market,” stated Douglas Bryant, president and chief executive officer of Quidel Corporation. “We believe there are substantial benefits to be realized as we bring these strong organizations together, further establishing Quidel’s platform for growth and shareholder value creation opportunities.”
Summary Terms of Agreement and Financing
Quidel will acquire the Triage business, including real estate for the San Diego Triage facilities, and the BNP business for a total consideration of $400 million plus $40 million in contingent consideration.
To support the acquisitions, the transactions are to be financed with cash plus committed financing from Bank of America Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan Chase Bank.
The transaction is subject to customary and other terms and conditions set forth in the acquisition agreement, which Quidel will file shortly with the SEC on Form 8-K.