OREANDA-NEWS. April 11, 2018. Analogic Corporation (NASDAQ:ALOG) (“the Company” or “Analogic”), a provider of leading-edge healthcare and security solutions, and Altaris Capital Partners, LLC, a leading private investment firm with expertise in Analogic’s end markets, today announced that the Company and an affiliate of Altaris Capital Partners (together with certain affiliated entities, “Altaris”) have entered into a merger agreement under which Analogic will be acquired by Altaris for $84.00 per share in cash, or approximately $1.1 billion on a fully diluted basis. The transaction and the merger agreement were unanimously approved by Analogic’s Board of Directors, and the Board unanimously recommends that Analogic’s stockholders vote in favor of the transaction. 

“The Board has always sought to maximize stockholder value,” said Bernard Bailey, chairman of the Analogic Board of Directors. “Given the increasingly competitive markets that we serve, we have been focused on the need to achieve greater scale in order to generate sustained profitable growth. As a result, the Board initiated a review of strategic alternatives available to Analogic. This 10-month, comprehensive process resulted in today’s transaction with Altaris that provides stockholders with immediate, substantial, and certain cash value. The Board strongly believes that a transaction with a buyer with strategic assets like Altaris provides maximum value for and is in the best interest of Analogic stockholders.”

Comprehensive, Public Strategic Review Process

The transaction follows a comprehensive strategic review process that was publicly announced by the Company on June 6, 2017. In September, the Company announced that it had engaged Citi as its financial advisor and had initiated a sale process. In October, the Company’s Board of Directors formed a Strategic Alternatives Committee of three independent directors to lead the process. The process involved direct outreach to potential financial and strategic buyers as well as responses to inbound expressions of interest. The Company was ultimately in contact with 75 parties, both domestically and internationally.

Bailey added, “Analogic’s three business units present a range of business models and investment needs, each of which is subject to its own market conditions. In light of these factors, the Board considered the long-term positioning of Analogic in each of its markets. Analogic’s growth outlook requires continued strategic investment into new channels to market, which involves risk, especially given the pace of change in its served markets.”

The Strategic Alternatives Committee and Board considered a comprehensive range of alternatives, including the sale of the entire company, separating the Company’s three business units, and the continued short- and long-term operation of the Company on a stand-alone basis. The process culminated with the Board’s determination that the Altaris transaction presents the best combination of certainty and value for stockholders.

The transaction represents a 25% premium to the Company’s closing share price of $67.45 on June 7, 2017, the day after the Company reported quarterly earnings for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 and announced the launch of the strategic review process. On June 6, 2017, the last trading day prior to this announcement, Analogic’s stock price closed at $74.60.

Strategic Combination

Over the last 15 years, Altaris has made 34 investments and has deep experience in the manufacturing and marketing of medical devices, imaging technologies and diagnostic equipment. Analogic will represent Altaris’ 17th company to design and manufacture high-value, FDA-regulated medical products.

“Altaris has a broad portfolio of businesses with strong technology and domain expertise in Analogic’s end markets,” said Fred Parks, president and chief executive officer of Analogic. “Altaris is well positioned to enhance Analogic’s ability to deliver innovative product technology and service offerings to our customers.”

“Analogic has a rich history of developing advanced technologies that have enabled innovation in medical imaging and security screening,” said George Aitken-Davies, co-founder and managing director of Altaris.  “We look forward to building on this heritage and continuing to provide technology-driven imaging solutions and world-class service to the industry.”

Transaction Details

The transaction is expected to close in mid-2018 and is subject to approval by Analogic stockholders, regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions. Upon the completion of the transaction, Analogic will become a privately held company and shares of Analogic’s common stock will no longer be listed on any public market.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc. is serving as financial advisor to Analogic, and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP is serving as legal counsel to Analogic. Schiff Hardin LLP is serving as legal counsel to Altaris.

About Analogic

Analogic (Nasdaq:ALOG) provides leading-edge healthcare and security technology solutions to advance the practice of medicine and save lives. Analogic is recognized around the world for advanced imaging and real-time guidance technologies used for disease diagnosis and treatment as well as for automated threat detection. Analogic’s market-leading ultrasound systems, led by its flagship BK Ultrasound brand, used in procedure-driven markets such as urology, surgery, and point-of-care, are sold to clinical practitioners around the world. Analogic’s advanced imaging technologies are also used in computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and digital mammography systems, as well as automated threat detection systems for aviation security. Analogic is headquartered just north of Boston, Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.analogic.com.

Analogic and the globe logo are registered trademarks of Analogic Corporation.

About Altaris Capital, LLC

Altaris Capital Partners is an investment firm focused on the global healthcare industry. Altaris actively manages $2.4 billion of equity capital and seeks to invest in businesses that deliver value to the healthcare system by improving patient outcomes, reducing costs, increasing efficiency and aligning stakeholder incentives. Since inception in 2003, Altaris has made 34 platform investments and has worked closely and collaboratively with the management teams of its portfolio companies to support growth and capital appreciation. Altaris is headquartered in New York City.  For more information, visit www.altariscap.com.

Important Additional Information Will Be Filed with the SEC

Analogic plans to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and mail to its stockholders a Proxy Statement in connection with the transaction. The Proxy Statement will contain important information about Altaris, Analogic, the transaction and related matters. Investors and security holders are urged to read the Proxy Statement carefully when it is available.

Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the Proxy Statement and other documents filed with the SEC by Altaris and Analogic through the web site maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov.

In addition, investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the Proxy Statement from Analogic by contacting the Investor Relations department via email at investorrelations@analogic.com or by calling 978-326-4058.

Analogic and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement. Information regarding Analogic’s directors and executive officers is contained in Analogic’s Form 10-K for the year ended July 31, 2017 and its proxy statement dated November 2, 2017, which are filed with the SEC. Additional information regarding the direct and indirect interests of Analogic’s directors and executive officers in the proposed transaction will be included in the Proxy Statement when it is filed with the SEC.