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MicroPort’s Wright Bid Creates New Ortho Player

Executive Summary

Wright Medical’s decision to sell its hip and knee business wasn’t entirely unexpected. The buyer, the Chinese company MicroPort, may have surprised some, but changes in orthopedics and the device industry as a whole could make such deals more common.

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Device financing dropped more than 40% to $714 million in Q1; Smith & Nephew’s $1.7 billion acquisition of ArthroCare overshadowed acquisitions. Diagnostics companies raised $568 million, a 34% increase over 2013’s final quarter; nonprofits provided assets to diagnostics firms in multiple licensing arrangements.

ArthroCare Bid Signals Ortho Consolidation

If completed, Smith & Nephew’s acquisition of ArthroCare would help it diversify into the ENT market, but the deal may not get done as analysts speculate that competitors Stryker and J&J could step in with counteroffers. The interest surrounding ArthroCare emphasizes the pressures being put on large joint makers to find new ways of making money in orthopedics.

ArthroCare Bid Signals Ortho Consolidation

If completed, Smith & Nephew’s acquisition of ArthroCare would help it diversify into the ENT market, but the deal may not get done as analysts speculate that competitors Stryker and J&J could step in with counteroffers. But the interest surrounding Austin, TX-based ArthroCare emphasizes the pressures being put on large joint makers to find new ways of making money in orthopedics.

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