Shares of NxStage Medical (NASDAQ: NXTM), a medical device maker focused on end-stage renal disease and acute kidney failure, jumped 28% as of 11:40 a.m. EDT on Monday.
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NxStage Medical reported its second-quarter earnings results earlier today. The company's top line grew 5% to $96.2 million while its net loss came in at $2.1 million, or $0.03 per share. These numbers fell a bit short of what market watchers had expected. However, the earnings report is being overshadowed by the news that it has accepted a buyout offer from Fresenius Medical Care (NYSE: FMS).
Fresenius, which is the world's largest provider of dialysis products and services, agreed to acquire NxStage Medical in an all-cash deal worth $2 billion. That translated into a share price of $30 and represents a 30% premium to NxStage Medical's closing price on Friday. Fresenius plans on financing the deal with a combination of cash on hand and through debt.
Fresenius' management team touted that this acquisition would immediately establish the company as the global leader in home dialysis and provide it with a substantial presence in the U.S. critical care space. Furthermore, the company expects that the deal will be accretive to its net income within three years from closing.
Rice Powell, Fresenius Medical Care's CEO, offered investors the following rationale on why this deal makes sense for his businesses:
Jeffrey Burbank, NxStage's founder and CEO, was also bullish on the transaction and provided his shareholders with the following commentary:
NxStage's board of directors has already unanimously approved the deal. The closing is expected to occur in 2018.
Fresenius cranked out more than $1.2 billion in net income last year and currently boasts a market cap in excess of $26 billion. Those figures hint that the company should have no problems getting its hands on the $2 billion necessary to finance for this transaction. Since the deal already received the thumbs-up from NxStage's board, it looks to have high odds of closing without much trouble.
NxStage Medical's stock was having a rough 2017 prior to this announcement, declining by double digits since January after management cut its home revenue growth target for the year in its first-quarter results. After today's jump, it is now up by more than 13% since the start of the year.
In total, there are reasons for shareholders on both sides of this deal to applaud this transaction.
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