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Titan Medical Announces Transformative Merger with Conavi Medical

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Toronto-based medical device company Titan Medical Inc. (TSX: TMD) unveiled a definitive agreement to merge with Conavi Medical Inc. in an all-stock transaction that will create a new publicly-traded leader in hybrid intravascular imaging.

The deal, announced on March 18, 2024, will see Titan acquire all of the outstanding shares of Conavi, a commercial-stage firm that has developed the Novasight Hybrid System for guiding minimally invasive coronary procedures. In exchange, Conavi shareholders will receive newly issued shares of Titan.

The merger will constitute a reverse takeover of Titan by Conavi. Upon completion, the combined entity plans to change its name to Conavi Medical Inc. and apply to list its shares on the TSX Venture Exchange after delisting from the Toronto Stock Exchange.

“This planned merger comes at a pivotal moment as we advance the Novasight Hybrid System, unlocking its full potential in the U.S. and globally,” said Thomas Looby, CEO of Conavi. “Gaining public company status will enhance our financial strength and growth strategy.”

Conavi’s Novasight Hybrid system is the first to combine intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging modalities, enabling simultaneous and co-registered imaging of coronary arteries. It has regulatory approvals in the U.S., Canada, China and Japan.

Paul Cataford, Interim CEO and Board Chair of Titan, said “Conavi is an exciting commercial-stage company with groundbreaking technology. We are confident in their ability to drive adoption of the Novasight Hybrid System.”

As part of the transaction, Conavi will complete a concurrent equity financing raising between $15-20 million before the deal closes around July 15th. The financing is expected to attract support from institutional investors.

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Key benefits anticipated for the combined company include a strong balance sheet following the financing, established product capabilities, a proven coronary imaging product being commercialized, a large market opportunity, and increasing user traction.

Under the agreement terms, Titan will consolidate its shares on an agreed ratio prior to the merger. A Titan subsidiary will then amalgamate with Conavi, with Titan issuing new consolidated shares to Conavi shareholders based on an exchange ratio valuing Conavi at $69.84 million pre-money. This ratio will ensure existing Titan shareholders own at least 10% of the combined company.

All officers and certain Titan directors will resign upon closing and be replaced by Conavi nominees. The merger requires approval from shareholders of both companies as well as regulatory approvals. Titan’s board unanimously recommends shareholders vote in favor based on a fairness opinion from its financial advisor.

The transaction marks the culmination of a strategic review process for Titan over the past 15 months. The company previously halted work on its surgical robotics program to conserve cash before pursuing asset sales and IP licensing deals.

With Conavi’s commercial hybrid imaging technology and anticipated financial resources from the merger and financing, the combined company aims to drive market penetration in the fast-growing field of intravascular imaging for coronary procedures. The deal transforms Titan from an R&D-stage firm into a revenue-generating medtech leader.

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