The Louisville Medical Device Industry Merger Will Create A $700 Million Annual Company

Louisville-based Orthofix will merge with a California company to form a medical device manufacturer with combined revenue of nearly $700 million and products in 68 countries.

The all-share deal with SeaSpine, a Carlsbad-based company that makes spinal and orthopedic devices, is expected to close early next year. The combined company, to be named in conclusion, will be headquartered in Louisville with offices in Carlsbad and Verona, Italy.

SeaSpine CEO Keith Valentine said in a statement that the deal creates “an industry leader with the immediate financial strength of self-financing investments that deliver growth and better patient outcomes.” The two companies said they expect the combined company’s revenue to reach $1 billion within three years.

“The combined company has a strong position in spinal implant technologies, biosynthetics, regenerative technologies, enabling technologies and orthopedics,” Valentine told investors on a call Tuesday to discuss the deal. “In total, the new company will attack a large market that can be processed totaling $20 billion with more than $7 billion of those coming from fast-growing focused growth sectors each with distinct competitive advantages.”

Valentine said that international expansion is also an opportunity after the merger with Orthofix’s well-established R&D and manufacturing company globally. SeaSpine was an American company. Both companies focus on spine and orthopedic technology, partnering with surgeons who treat patients for spinal disorders and injuries. They also produce treatments for bone healing, spine implants, and orthopedic devices.

Valentine will lead the new company as CEO. John Serbosk, CEO of Orthofix, will become CEO. The nine-member Board of Directors will include five appointed by Orthofix.

The Orthofix-SeaSpine merger will create a joint venture of approximately $700 million in...
The Orthofix-SeaSpine merger will create a combined company with approximately $700 million in revenue. The numbers shown are for the 12 months ending September 30.(Orthofix investor offer)

Serbousek said Orthofix approached SeaSpine in March as it was looking for ways to grow.

Orthofix’s sales have been flat this year, totaling $339 million as of September 30. Last year’s revenue was $464 million. In August, SeaSpine said it expects to achieve double-digit growth this year, with revenues of about $235 million.

“We are bringing together two innovative and ambitious organizations in an equal merger process to create a global leader in spinal and orthopedic surgery,” said Serbosek.

Orthofix shareholders will own 56.5% of the combined companies upon closing of the transaction. SeaSpine shareholders will receive 0.4 shares of Orthofix common stock for each share they own. Shares of Orthofix fell about 20% in trading Tuesday to close at $14.87. SeaSpine shares rose 1.2% to close at $5.64.

In addition to the Texas, California and Italy offices, the combined company’s 1,600 employees will work at facilities in Irvine and Sunnyvale, California; Toronto Canada; Wayne, Pennsylvania; olive branch, miss; Maidenhead in England; Munich, Paris and Sao Paulo.

The Louisville Medical Device Industry Merger Will Create A $700 Million Annual Company

Orthofix’s combination with SeaSpine brings together two companies focused on spine devices and orthopedics.

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