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Ortho Clinical Diagnostics Agrees to $6B Quidel Acquisition

San Diego, California-based Quidel Corporation and Raritan-based Ortho Clinical Diagnostics Holdings plc have entered into a definitive agreement in which Quidel will acquire Ortho, one of the world’s largest in vitro diagnostics companies, for $6 billion. The transaction is expected to close during the first half of fiscal year 2022.

“The combination with Ortho will help solidify Quidel as a leader in the diagnostics industry, bringing together innovative, complementary products, solutions, and services that enhance the health and well-being of patients across the globe,” said Douglas Bryant, president and CEO of Quidel, who will serve as chairman and CEO of the combined company. “Establishing a stronger leadership position, we expect the combined company will emerge as a global player with top-tier R&D capabilities, a more diverse product pipeline, and broader geographic footprint.”

“By bringing together Quidel’s point-of-care diagnostics with Ortho’s vast global reach, there is a substantial opportunity to capitalize on the cross-selling opportunities, move into attractive adjacent markets, and accelerate innovative product expansion and the development of molecular technologies,” said Chris Smith, chairman and CEO of Ortho. “Together, we will continue to advance life-changing diagnostic solutions to improve patient outcomes and deliver economic benefits to the healthcare system.”

Transaction Benefits

  • Balanced and diversified product portfolio across diagnostic instruments and assays. The companies’ highly complementary, world-class product and service offerings provide opportunities to capture significant growth globally while enhancing cross-selling opportunities across a diversified customer and channel mix. The transaction provides Quidel with ample whitespace opportunity to capture demand in emerging markets through telehealth technology and digital health capabilities, utilizing Ortho’s strong customer relationships and providing greater patient access to point-of-care diagnostic products.
  • Highly synergistic opportunities create significant shareholder value creation. The transaction is expected to generate substantial synergies on both the top- and bottom-line. Quidel anticipates that the combined company will realize approximately $90 million of run-rate cost-related synergies, excluding one-time costs, by the end of year three, driven primarily from operational efficiencies, supply chain optimization, and shared administrative functions, including public company costs. In addition, given Ortho’s enhanced global commercial reach and expansive product portfolio, Quidel expects to drive strong cross-selling revenue synergies in excess of $100 million by 2025 and meaningful adjusted EBITDA benefits.
  • Complementary cultures with a commitment to providing world-class products and services. Both Quidel and Ortho have talented and experienced employees who share a commitment to customers, patients, and the communities the companies serve. This combination is expected to benefit patients, customers, and suppliers, and provide greater opportunities for the approximately 6,000 employees of both companies.
  • Robust, more diverse product pipeline and enhanced R&D capabilities. The transaction is expected to accelerate an innovative pipeline and milestone execution through complementary capabilities and product development synergies. The combined product portfolio, supported by an established global commercial infrastructure and distribution footprint, positions Quidel to capitalize on strong secular growth drivers.
  • Strong balance sheet with significant cash generation. After accounting for financing of the transaction, the combined company has a pro forma net debt-to-adjusted EBITDA of less than two-times as of TTM third quarter 2021. Expected strong operating cash flow and margin enhancement opportunities will enable Quidel to pursue organic and inorganic growth.

Transaction Details

Under the terms of the agreement, which was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of each company, Quidel will acquire Ortho for $24.68 per share of common stock, for a total consideration of approximately $6 billion, including $1.75 billion of cash, funded through cash on the balance sheet and incremental borrowings. The combined company will also acquire Ortho’s existing net debt of $2 billion.

Ortho shareholders will receive $7.14 in cash per common share and 0.1055 shares of common stock in the combined company for each Ortho common share, with Ortho shareholders expected to own approximately 38% of the combined company. This represents an implied premium of 25% when compared to Ortho’s unaffected closing stock price on Dec.22.

The transaction, which is subject to approval by both companies’ shareholders as well as customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, is expected to close in the first half of 2022.


Quidel’s financial advisors in connection with this acquisition are Perella Weinberg Partners LP and Citi, and its legal advisor is Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

Ortho’s exclusive financial advisor is J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, and its legal advisor is Latham & Watkins LLP.

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