Cardinal Health to acquire VIASYS Healthcare for $1.5bn

16 May 2007

Dublin, Ohio and Conshohocken, Penn., USA. Cardinal Health is to take over VIASYS Healthcare for approximately $1.5 billion, including the assumption of outstanding debt.

With 2006 revenue of $610 million, VIASYS is a leader in respiratory care, developing and marketing systems for critical care and diagnostic use. VIASYS is also a leader in neurological, audio and vascular diagnostics, disposable medical products used in surgical procedures and enteral feeding, orthopaedic implant manufacturing and clinical services.

The acquisition will expand Cardinal Health's clinical and medical product offerings for global, acute-care customers and, combined with its complementary respiratory products business, will establish the company as a leader in the more than $4 billion respiratory care market.

The acquisition will also provide a range of complementary products to Cardinal Health's medical disposables business and will leverage its integrated hospital selling organization in the U.S. Worldwide, VIASYS has more than 7,000 hospital customers in 100 countries and generates 40 percent of its revenue from customers outside the US, adding substantially to Cardinal Health's international presence.

"VIASYS is a perfect strategic fit with our mission to help providers make health care safer and offers immediate revenue and earnings opportunities in key geographies worldwide," said R. Kerry Clark, chief executive officer of Cardinal Health. "With a strong platform and excellent momentum in our Clinical and Medical Products businesses, we think the timing is ideal to broaden our offering. We have developed a process through our recent acquisitions — particularly Alaris — that will serve as a model for the rapid integration and realization of synergies with the VIASYS acquisition."

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