Philips completes acquisition of Volcano


Royal Philips has completed the acquisition of Volcano Corporation. Volcano’s financial results will be consolidated as part of Philips’ image-guided therapy business group as of 17 February, 2015.

Volcano generated sales of approximately US$400 million in 2014 and employs approximately 1,800 employees. A press release states that Philips’ long-standing partnership with Volcano, the retention of key management members and in-depth preparations will facilitate the integration into Philips’ image-guided therapy business group.

“The completion of the Volcano acquisition is an important milestone in our strategy to become the leading systems integrator in the fast growing image-guided minimally invasive surgery market and accelerate our growth in that market,” said Frans van Houten, chief executive officer of Royal Philips. “The combination of Volcano’s broad portfolio of imaging and measurement catheters and Philips’ leading interventional imaging solutions allow us to provide our customers with an integrated solution to improve procedural outcomes at a decisive stage in the health continuum.” 

In image-guided treatments of the heart and blood vessels, there is increased clinical evidence which demonstrates that the use of imaging and measurement catheters in conjunction with interventional X-ray imaging helps improve procedural outcomes. Such catheters are single-use disposables, and Volcano believes that it is the only company in the industry with leading positions in both IVUS (intravascular ultrasound) catheters that are capable of producing ultrasound images of the interior of blood vessels and FFR (fractional flow reserve) catheters that are used to assess blood flow. The acquisition complements Philips’ existing portfolio of interventional X-ray and ultrasound imaging equipment, navigation systems, software and services, and creates new sources of recurring revenue streams.

The acquisition of Volcano occurred following the successful completion of Philip’s previously announced tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of Volcano for US$18 per share in cash, without interest, less any applicable withholding of taxes. As of the expiration of the tender offer on 17 February, approximately 49,220,771 shares (including 2,967,581 shares tendered pursuant to guaranteed delivery procedures) were validly tendered and not properly withdrawn in the tender offer, which represented 94.8% of the outstanding Volcano shares, according to the depositary for the tender offer. Philips is financing the acquisition through a combination of cash on hand and the issuance of debt.

As a result of the merger, all remaining Volcano shares were converted into the right to receive US$18 per share in cash, without interest, less any applicable withholding of taxes, the same price that was paid in the tender offer.

Volcano has requested that NASDAQ files a Form 25 with the US Securities and Exchange Commission to delist Volcano’s common stock from NASDAQ. Volcano’s common stock will cease trading prior to the opening of trading on 18 February, 2015.