Healthcare M&A Deals in 2020

Healthcare M&A Deals in 2020

The health care industry is on an edge and caught up in the middle of a hurricane. With the hospitalizations for COVID-19, revenue that is crucial to the economic growth and stabilization for most hospitals has declined. In addition to directly or indirectly supporting COVID-19 care, health services companies face economic disruptions of uncertain location, timing, and scale.

Reports by Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Kaufman Hall showed a decline in mergers and acquisitions, but still reported sustained interest from buyers. Although there was a minor decrease in mergers and acquisitions in the first half of 2020, some major deals and acquisitions were closed.

Laborie Medical Technologies’ $525 Million Acquisition of Clinical Innovations

 

LABORIE Medical Technologies executed the definitive agreement to acquire Clinical Innovations for an enterprise value of $525 million. The transaction is subject to customary approvals and is expected to close in early 2020. Clinical Innovations is expanding its global presence while directly researching and developing state-of-the-art technologies and innovative medical devices that fulfill its mission of improving the lives of mothers and their babies throughout the world.

Align Technology’s acquisition of Exocad — $420 million

Align Technology announced it has agreed to acquire dental software company Exocad for approximately $420 million in cash. The move will add Exocad’s experience in restorative dentistry, implantology, guided surgery, and design to Align’s technology portfolio, which includes Invisalign clear-aligner orthodontic and iTero digital solutions. Exocad will also bring nearly 200 digital dentistry partners and more than 35,000 licenses installed worldwide to the deal, according to San Jose, Calif.-based Align.

Baxter International’s acquisition of Sepra Products business of Sanofi — $350 million 

According to Reuters, Medical supply company Baxter International Inc, said to buy Safoni’s Seprafilm unit, which makes specialist surgical products, for $350 million in cash.

According to PWC’s research, in Q2 2020 deal values versus Q1 2020, three sub-sectors saw increases: Behavioral Care (900%), Hospitals (11%), and Physician Medical Groups (6%). 

Moreover, due to the pandemic, there are a few interesting healthcare asset types that seem more attractive. That is; accelerated growth of remote work, virtual healthcare, home health, and behavioral health. In terms of consumer needs, health services companies must deploy technology that enhances experiences while improving efficiency.

Moreover, there are yet more opportunities for healthcare environment deals to shine. 

Croatian first Unicorn

Croatian first Unicorn

Last week’s announcement that the US private equity firm One Equity Partners is partnering with Infobip in their $200 million Series A round at a $1 billion valuation may not seem groundbreaking in the international technology market yet for a small mostly tourism-driven country like Croatia it certainly is. It is a sign for the global investment community that substantial growth on a global scale can be achieved by Croatian companies, and can pave the way for more capital commitments to Croatian equities. 

The three founders of Infobip have not just proven that global Software companies with thousands of employees can be built on the beautiful coastline of Croatia, but are a symbol for the resilient entrepreneur, as they have silently built a global powerhouse without any funding or help by the institutions which were intended to do so. Infobip’s founders have spotted the need for a Full-stack Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS), as they describe their product, early on in 2006 when it was far from obvious that billions of SMS would have to be sent daily from Uber, Lyft, and other mobile Apps 14 years later. Today the company operates its direct communication SaaS globally with virtually every major telecom operator, offers a wide range of messaging services, and boasts clients with the likes of Uber, Burger King, and Strava. 

The funding comes a bit surprising, as the founders intended to go public without prior fundraising.  In comparison Twilio (NYSE: TWLO), Infobip’s main competitor has raised $263 million from 24 investors, amongst those global leaders such as Salesforce, Fidelity, and T. Rowe Price since its inception 2009 when they first went through the Techstars Accelerator. Today Twilio has a market cap of $38.59 billion, the $1 billion Infobip is valued at seems small compared to its biggest rival, although it is their first-ever funding round and we expect more money to be drawn to the company. 

The round’s only investor One Equity Partners, invested in Croatia for the first time, the middle-market private equity firm has $10 billion assets under management and was formed at Bank One in 2001, today it operates under the JP Morgan Chase umbrella after the latter was acquired by JPM. Interestingly One Equity Partners acquired a majority share in Ericsson media solutions in 2018, which is the media business of Ericsson composed of many previous acquisitions, yet a small part of Ericsson, which of course has its roots in the global telecom market, could pave the way for a symbiotic relationship between the two. 

The future will show how this Croatian success story will unfold, we at VentureXchange are happy that Silvio Kutic, Roberto Kutic, Izabel Jelenic have shown the world that Croatia can produce Unicorns, and hope that many more will follow their path. Congratulations Infobip.

The most sustainable companies in Europe

The most sustainable companies in Europe

Europe is front-and-centre in the tidal shift towards more sustainable business, driven by far-reaching regulations. Nearly half the world’s most sustainable companies are in Europe. France paves the way with nine sustainable companies in the ranking, followed by Finland with six companies of 100.

European countries have typically been leaders in the fight against climate change, with many ranking lowest in carbon emissions globally and highest in environmental quality. The newest trillion-euro investment plan looks to solidify Europe as the global example for combating global warming as other continents like Asia and North America continue to produce high carbon emissions and lag in renewable energy sources.

We took top 3 companies in Europe that rank high on corporate sustainability criteria. The researchers rely on readily available data for all publicly-listed companies with at least $1 billion in gross revenue (in PPP), as of the financial year 2018.

Some of the criteria used for measurement of corporate sustainability include financial management, employee management, resource management and clean revenue.

 

Ørsted A/S

Denmark’s Ørsted A/S claims the top of the leaderboard in 2020. Within a decade, the company has completely transformed its business model—shifting away from the Danish Oil and Natural Gas (DONG) company into a pure-play renewable energy company.

Ørsted A/S operates through three segments: Wind Power, Bioenergy and Thermal Power, and Distribution and Customer Solutions. According to media, they have recently signed a deal described as “the world’s largest renewables corporate power purchase agreement.” Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company – purchased all the energy produced by Orsted’s yet-to-be-built 920-megawatt offshore wind farm off Taiwan.

Nevertheless, Ørsted attributes its dramatic transformation to the societal demand for green energy and aims to be carbon-neutral by 2025.

 

Chr. Hansen Holding A/S

Chr. Hansen took second place in 2020 among the worlds most sustainable companies. Chr. Hansen’s score improved to 83.9% from 82.99%. Moreover, Ørsted A/S jumped to No. 1 in 2020 from No. 4 in 2019 as its overall score improves to 85.2% from 80.13%.

The company is developing microbial solutions for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. Sustainability is an integral part of Chr. Hansen’s vision to improve food and health. In 2019 Chr. Hansen has ranked as the world’s most sustainable company by Corporate Knights thanks to strong sustainability efforts.

Chr. Hansen scored high marks in clean revenue, which Corporate Knights defines as the percentage of a company’s total revenue derived from products and services categorized as clean.

 

Neste Oyj

 

Neste Oyj ranked as the world’s third most sustainable company on the Corporate Knights’ Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable corporations.

“Our company’s purpose is to create a healthier planet for our children, particularly through tackling the climate crisis. In this work, we need everyone on board. It is great to see more and more companies placing sustainability at the core of their strategies worldwide” – says Peter Vanacker, President and CEO of Neste.

Neste has gone through a comprehensive transformation over the past decade: the former local oil company’s aim is now to become a global leader in renewable and circular solutions.

The organizations that make up this list have made significant strides toward sustainability, but there’s still much work to be done, and it’s in their best interest as businesses to do it. The big takeaway when looking at Ørsted and the other companies is how the gorwth in green and sustainable development is moving forward. In this age of climate and carbon constraints and an emerging climate economy, these companies are positioned to succeed.