DURHAM, N.C., May 10, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bioventus Inc. (Nasdaq: BVS) (“Bioventus” or the “Company”), a global leader in innovations for active healing, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Wound business, including the skin substitutes TheraSkin and TheraGenesis, to LifeNet Health. The transaction includes a total cash consideration of $85 million, including $35 million in cash at close, a $5 million cash payment deferred 18 months, and $45 million in potential earn-out payments. At the time of close the Company expects to net approximately $30 million after fees and expenses which will be used to repay existing debt.
Bioventus and LifeNet Health have also signed a Sales Agent Agreement under which LifeNet Health will have exclusive rights to sell SonicOne ultrasonic wound debridement products in the US and Canada.
“The sale of our Wound business will enhance our liquidity and enable a greater focus on execution,” said Tony Bihl, Bioventus’ interim chief executive officer.
The divestiture of the Wound business reduces the Company’s annual revenue by approximately $40 million and annual Adjusted EBITDA by approximately $5 million.
The transaction is expected to close in approximately one week before the end of May.
Jefferies LLC is acting as financial advisor and Reed Smith is acting as legal advisor in connection with this transaction.
Bioventus delivers clinically proven, cost-effective products that help people heal quickly and safely. Its mission is to make a difference by helping patients resume and enjoy active lives. The Innovations for Active Healing from Bioventus include offerings for Pain Treatments, Restorative Therapies and Surgical Solutions. Built on a commitment to high quality standards, evidence-based medicine and strong ethical behavior, Bioventus is a trusted partner for physicians worldwide. For more information, visit www.bioventus.com, and follow the Company on LinkedIn and Twitter. Bioventus and the Bioventus logo are registered trademarks of Bioventus LLC.
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