GTCR to Take Surmodics Private in $627 Million Medical Tech Deal

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One of the medical technology industry’s leading providers of coating systems and surface modification is being taken private by private equity firm GTCR in a $627 million deal. Surmodics (SRDX) announced Monday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by GTCR in an all-cash transaction valuing the company at $43 per share.

The acquisition price represents a premium of over 41% to Surmodics’ average trading price over the past 30 days. It comes amid a broader push by private equity to double down on investments in the healthcare technology space as medical device innovation accelerates.

Surmodics has been a pioneer in the delivery of surface modification solutions that enhance the biocompatibility of medical products. The Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based company’s technologies are used by blue-chip medical device manufacturers to enable products to interact more safely and effectively with the human body.

Its proprietary coating and treatment platforms are integrated into thousands of devices including vascular intervention technologies, minimally invasive surgical tools, in vitro diagnostics, and ophthalmic products. Surface treatments from Surmodics can improve device thromboresistance, lubricity, durability, adhesion, and biocompatibility.

Those differentiated capabilities caught the eye of GTCR, which has significant experience investing in healthcare companies. The Chicago-based private equity firm currently manages over $25 billion in equity capital across multiple investment strategies.

For Surmodics shareholders, the $43 per share cash deal represents an attractive exit price. In addition to the 41% premium to the recent trading average, the buyout price is 26% higher than where the stock closed on Friday. The company’s shares soared 25% on Monday following news of the transaction.

Surmodics’ Board of Directors unanimously approved the merger agreement and recommends shareholders vote in favor of the deal. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2024, subject to shareholder approval, regulatory clearances, and other customary closing conditions.

Upon completion of the acquisition, Surmodics will become a privately held company and its shares will cease trading on the Nasdaq exchange.

The medical coatings and surface technology space has seen heightened M&A activity in recent years as major medical product companies seek to enhance their product pipelines. Private equity investors like GTCR have ample dry powder to deploy into healthcare sectors positioned for durable growth driven by demographic tailwinds and innovation.

While going private will provide Surmodics with flexibility to invest for the long-term, the $627 million price tag validates the company’s tools and know-how as essential for next-generation medical device engineering. As healthcare investors compete to back enablers of cutting-edge medical products, GTCR’s bet on Surmodics’ coating capabilities could pay off handsomely.

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