Thermo Fisher Scientific has acquired Affymetrix, a provider of cellular and genetic analysis products, for $14 per share in cash. The transaction represents a purchase price of approximately $1.3 billion.
Affymetrix’s technologies enable parallel and multiplex analysis of biological systems at the cellular, protein and genetic level, facilitating the transition of research tools into clinical and applied markets. The company’s products are used by customers working in life sciences and translational research, molecular diagnostics, reproductive health and agricultural biotechnology. Based in Santa Clara, California, Affymetrix has approximately 1,100 employees worldwide and maintains sales and distribution operations primarily in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The business, which has annual revenues of approximately $350 million, will be integrated into Thermo Fisher’s Life Sciences Solutions Segment.
“The acquisition of Affymetrix will strengthen our leadership in biosciences and create new market opportunities for us in genetic analysis,” said Marc N. Casper, president and chief executive officer of Thermo Fisher Scientific. “In biosciences, the company’s antibody portfolio will significantly expand our offering in the fast-growing flow cytometry market, and customers will have greater access to these products through our global scale and commercial reach. In genetic analysis, Affymetrix’s technologies are highly complementary and present new opportunities for us in targeted clinical and applied markets. For shareholders, we expect the transaction to create value by generating attractive financial returns, including immediate accretion to our adjusted EPS.”
Affymetrix’s eBioscience offering for cellular analysis will enhance Thermo Fisher’s leading biosciences capabilities. Specifically, the company specializes in a range of antibodies, multiplex RNA, and protein and single-cell assays. These technologies serve the fast-growing flow cytometry market segment as well as new high-growth applications including single-cell biology, immunotherapy and infectious disease research.
Affymetrix also adds complementary products in genetic analysis that are used in cytogenetics, genotyping and gene expression. The company’s innovative microarray platform will strengthen Thermo Fisher’s presence in certain clinical and applied markets, including reproductive health and agricultural biotechnology.
Affymetrix will benefit from Thermo Fisher’s access to the biopharma industry through its unique customer value proposition, as well as its world-class e-commerce capabilities and extensive customer channels. Thermo Fisher also will significantly extend the geographic reach of Affymetrix’s products by leveraging its market presence and infrastructure in Asia-Pacific, particularly China.
The transaction, which is expected to be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2016, is subject to the approval of Affymetrix shareholders and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including applicable regulatory approvals. Thermo Fisher intends to use cash on hand and short-term debt to finance the transaction.