Vention Medical has arranged to sell two of its core medical contract manufacturing units in a pair of Presidents’ Day transactions. Vention Advanced Technologies (AT), the company’s device design and build group, is to be acquired by Nordson Corporation (Nasdaq: NDSN) in a $705 million all cash deal. With announced sales $150 million and 2016 EBITDA of $48 million the proposed deal values Vention AT at 14.7X EBITDA.
Simultaneously, Vention will be selling its device manufacturing services business to Medplast Inc., a $275 million molder with a strong medical focus. The terms of the Vention-MedPlast deal were not announced but the transaction is expected to more than double Medplast’s size.
While a double transaction is unusual, the more telling messages are the interest of large players in medical components and assemblies to further build scale well into the hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. Further, the extensive asset base made possible by the transactions cements positions with major OEMs, making it more challenging for smaller firms to retain their direct-to-OEM relationships.
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