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Zimmer props up spine device business with $1 billion LDR buy

(Reporting by Natalie Grover in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)

 

Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc (ZBH.N) agreed to buy fellow medical device maker LDR Holding Corp (LDRH.O) for about $1 billion deal to expand in the market for treating spine disorders.

The $37 per share offer represents a premium of about 64 percent to LDR’s Monday close.

LDR’s shares were trading at $36.94 on Tuesday, on track for their best day ever. They briefly climbed above the offer price to $37.09 in early trading.

Zimmer’s stock was down 2.6 percent at $118.28.

The LDR deal follows Medtronic Plc (MDT.N) in May picking up a stake in Israeli robotics company Mazor Robotics Ltd (MZOR.TA) (MZOR.O) and agreeing to use Mazor’s robotic guidance systems that assist surgeons in spine and brain operations.

The Medtronic/Mazor deal in May and the Zimmer announcement suggest consolidation may finally be taking shape in the spine market, Wells Fargo analysts wrote on Tuesday.

Founded in France in 2000, LDR develops surgical technology for spine disorders.

 

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Josh Sandberg is the President and CEO of Ortho Spine Partners and sits on several company and industry related Boards. He also is the Creator and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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