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BD to Acquire Edwards Lifesciences’ Critical Care Product Group for $4.2B

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) and Edwards Lifesciences announced a definitive agreement under which BD will acquire Edwards’ Critical Care product group, a global leader in advanced monitoring solutions, for $4.2 billion in cash.

Critical Care is an industry leader in advanced patient monitoring with advanced AI algorithms serving millions of patients globally. The group invented the hemodynamic monitoring category, and its solutions are currently used in more than 10,000 hospitals globally to better understand the cardiovascular condition in real-time for critically ill patients, which helps improve outcomes.

Hemodynamic monitoring and medication management technologies are often used simultaneously in the operating room or intensive care units, creating longer-term opportunities for meaningful innovation and interoperability across the care continuum. Critical Care has approximately 4,500 employees with most based in Irvine, California. In 2023, the business generated more than $900 million in revenue.

“Critical Care expands BD’s portfolio of smart connected care solutions with its growing set of leading monitoring technologies, advanced AI-enabled clinical decision tools and robust innovation pipeline that complement BD’s existing technologies serving operating rooms and intensive care units,” said Tom Polen, chairman, CEO and president of BD. “We believe the combination unlocks multiple new avenues for growth and value creation through BD’s broad global footprint, increased penetration across new and existing hospital customers, new innovation opportunities across data sets and platforms, and application of the BD Excellence operating system.

“The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to all key financial measures with a strong return profile, which underscores our continued commitment to generate sustained shareholder value. Critical Care is well aligned to BD’s core innovation and business strategies, is a strong cultural fit and we look forward to welcoming Katie and Critical Care’s talented team to BD,” Polen said.

Critical Care’s portfolio includes the Swan Ganz pulmonary artery catheter, minimally invasive sensors, noninvasive cuffs, tissue oximetry sensors and monitors. Its smart technologies are driven by advanced data analytics with machine learning and AI-based predictive and prescriptive algorithms to help clinicians better understand current and future patient conditions and provide clinical decision support tools.

BD expects to fund the all-cash transaction with approximately $1 billion of cash and $3.2 billion of new debt. The transaction is expected to close before the end of the calendar year and is subject to customary regulatory reviews and closing conditions.

Upon closing, Critical Care will operate as a separate business unit within BD’s Medical segment to align with its smart connected care approach, and it will maintain its presence in Irvine, Calif. Katie Szyman, who has served as corporate vice president of Critical Care since 2015, will lead the new business unit within BD, reporting to Mike Garrison, executive vice president and president of the BD Medical segment.

Perella Weinberg Partners and Citi are acting as financial advisers, and Ropes & Gray, LLP is providing legal counsel to BD.

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