ICU Medical will acquire all of Pfizer’s global infusion therapy business, Hospira Infusion Systems (HIS), for $1 billion in cash and stock. The Hospira Infusion Systems business includes IV pumps, solutions, and devices that, when combined with ICU Medical’s existing businesses, will create a leading pure-play infusion therapy company, with estimated pro forma combined revenues of approximately $1.45 billion based on trailing twelve month results as of June 2016.
Pfizer will receive approximately $400 million in newly issued shares of ICU Medical common stock and $600 million in cash from ICU Medical subject to customary adjustment for net working capital. Upon completion of the transaction, which the companies expect to occur in the first quarter of 2017 subject to customary closing conditions including required regulatory approvals, Pfizer will own approximately 16.6 percent of ICU Medical. In addition, so long as Pfizer continues to hold 10% or more of ICU Medical’s common equity, it will have the right to nominate one director to the company’s board of directors in ICU Medical’s proxy materials, and Pfizer has agreed to certain restrictions on transfer of its shares for at least 18 months.
John Young, group president of Pfizer Essential Health, said, “We are pleased that Hospira Infusion Systems is combining with ICU Medical, and we believe the combined company will be well positioned in the marketplace to deliver value to customers through its strong product portfolio and the expertise of colleagues from both companies. I’m proud of the Hospira Infusion Systems team and their positive impact on patients around the world.”
The acquisition complements ICU Medical’s existing business by creating a company that has a complete IV therapy product portfolio from solutions to pumps to non-dedicated infusion sets, and gives the company a significantly enhanced global footprint and a platform for continued competitiveness and growth. With an integrated product offering, ICU Medical will hold industry-leading positions in key segments and have access to the full US infusion marketplace with a compelling product portfolio.
“The combination of these two businesses is the natural evolution of a productive relationship that began more than 20 years ago when Hospira began integrating ICU Medical’s needlefree technology into their infusion offering globally,” said Vivek Jain, ICU Medical’s chief executive officer. “By acquiring the Hospira Infusion Systems business, currently our largest single customer, we create a pure-play infusion business with the focus and scale to compete globally, eliminate our single customer concentration issue, and have a significant value creation opportunity as a much larger company. We look forward to serving more customers as we continue to bring clinical and economic value to the marketplace.”