Covidien Acquisitions Keeps Buying Spree Alive
Since its spin-out from Tyco, Covidien has spent close to $5 billion acquiring public and privately held device companies, with more than $1 billion of that being spent just over the past six months. The string of purchases bulked up every one of Covidien’s existing medical device businesses. In the recent acquisition of superDimension, Covidien paid $300 million plus earn-outs for the maker of the iLogic system, which uses electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy technology. The purchase means Covidien’s sales force will begin calling more on interventional pulmonologists, potentially creating an exit route for other pulmonary start-ups.
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Medical device company financing brought in $977 million, a decrease over Q1’s $1.1 billion. Device acquisition activity was up to $4.6 billion, yet only one deal surpassed the billion-dollar mark. With late-stage financing again leading, diagnostics funding together brought in $336 million, an 11% increase over Q1. For the first time since Q1 2011, the diagnostics M&A dollar total moved up instead of down, with $7 billion in acquisitions and five of the seven transactions topping $100 million.
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