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Smith & Nephew makes strategic investment in surgical robotics with acquisition of Blue Belt

Smith & Nephew (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN), the global medical technology business, announces it has agreed to acquire Blue Belt Holdings, Inc. (“Blue Belt Technologies”) for $275 million, securing a leading position in the fast-growing area of orthopaedic robotics-assisted surgery.

 

“Our experience working with Blue Belt Technologies and our customer insight has convinced us that robotics will become increasingly mainstream across orthopaedic reconstruction in the foreseeable future,” said Olivier Bohuon, Chief Executive Officer of Smith & Nephew. “This acquisition is a compelling strategic move, with the combination of complementary products and R&D programmes creating a platform from which we can shape this exciting new area of surgery. It reinforces our distinctive orthopaedic reconstruction strategy, which combines cutting edge innovation, disruptive business models and a strong emerging markets platform to drive outperformance.”

 

Today, Blue Belt Technologies’ Navio® surgical system provides robotics-assistance in unicondylar or partial knee replacement surgery through CT-free navigation software and a unique hand-held, robotic bone-shaping device. It is a highly portable system that can be moved freely within hospitals or ambulatory surgical centres. Navio brings a high degree of implant placement accuracy, combined with attractive economics and ease of use.

 

The combination of Blue Belt Technologies with Smith & Nephew’s Knee Implant franchise has a powerful rationale.

 

- Creates a strong combined partial knee portfolio from which to accelerate growth in the attractive area of partial knee replacement surgery:

 

Smith & Nephew is at present Blue Belt Technologies’ most successful implant sales partner, with the Navio robotics system available for the JOURNEY◊ UNI partial knee and the recently acquired ZUK◊ unicompartmental knee.

 

Combining our next generation products in development with robotic technology will give Smith & Nephew an enhanced platform from which we intend to deliver further expansion.

 

- Significant further upside anticipated from a range of new product launches that will expand Navio into indications beyond partial knees:

 

Total knee system - due to launch in 2017, bringing Navio to surgeons performing total knee procedures and supporting Smith & Nephew products such as JOURNEY II.

Revision knee system - the Blue Belt Technologies’ pipeline includes robotics-assisted technology for revision knee surgery, a highly complex and fast-growing area currently not served by robotics.

 

Bi-cruciate retaining knee system - Blue Belt Technologies’ programme will support our existing development work in bi-cruciate retaining knee arthroplasty (JOURNEY II XR), a potential major new market that, though technically demanding, should offer patients more natural motion and greater stability by preserving the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments.

 

Blue Belt Technologies’ pipeline also includes programmes targeting, amongst other conditions, total hip arthroplasty and adjacencies such as sports medicine, offering further possibilities for indication expansion over the longer-term.

- Additional opportunities from using Smith & Nephew’s global commercial infrastructure to widen adoption of robotics-assisted technology outside of the US.

 

Eric Timko, President and CEO of Blue Belt Technologies, commented: “Blue Belt Technologies has redefined robotics in orthopaedic surgery, establishing strong traction with customers who are attracted by the high degrees of implant placement accuracy made possible by Navio, as well as its ease of use, portability and attractive economics. We are delighted to be joining with Smith & Nephew, with whom we share a passion for innovation and a mission to support healthcare professionals. Together, we will realise the many opportunities to bring the benefits of robotics-assisted surgery to more patients and new indications.”

 

Navio has been developed as an open platform for partial knees and Smith & Nephew will continue to support customers choosing to use implants from other manufacturers.

 

We expect annual revenue growth at Blue Belt Technologies to be in excess of 50% over the medium-term from a 2015 base of approximately $19 million. Investment in the combined R&D programmes and supportive clinical evidence will dilute Group trading profit margin by around 60bps in 2016, with the business becoming profitable in 2018. Return on capital employed is expected to exceed our weighted average cost of capital in year four.

 

The acquisition cost of $275 million is subject to any closing adjustments and will be funded from existing debt facilities. The transaction is expected to close around the year end, subject to the satisfaction of customary conditions. Approximately 120 employees, based in Pittsburgh and Minneapolis, USA and Manchester, UK, will be joining Smith & Nephew.

 

Enquiries

 

Investors

 

Ingeborg Øie

Smith & Nephew

+44 (0) 20 7960 2285

 

Financial Media

 

Charles Reynolds

Smith & Nephew

+44 (0) 20 7401 7646

 

Ben Atwell / Matthew Cole

FTI Strategic Consulting

+44 (0) 20 3727 1000

 

Trade Media

 

Joe Metzger

Smith & Nephew

+1 (978) 749-1330       

 

About Blue Belt Technologies

 

Blue Belt Technologies is a global leader in surgical robotics, developing and commercializing next-generation robotics-assisted technologies for use in orthopedic surgery and other specialties. Blue Belt Technologies is focused on the continued commercial success and application expansion of the Navio® Surgical System, which leverages the company’s proprietary and differentiated handheld robotic technology. The Navio system helps surgeons deliver precise and consistent results for their patients. Blue Belt Technologies is a spin-off of Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute. The company’s lead investor is HealthpointCapital Partners along with additional funding support from CRG, Innovation Works, and Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse. For more information visit www.bluebelttech.com.

 

Piper Jaffray & Co. is acting as financial advisor and Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. is legal advisor for Blue Belt Technologies.

 

About Smith & Nephew

 

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business dedicated to helping healthcare professionals improve people's lives. With leadership positions in Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Advanced Wound Management, Sports Medicine and Trauma & Extremities, Smith & Nephew has around 14,000 employees and a presence in more than 100 countries. Annual sales in 2014 were more than $4.6 billion. Smith & Nephew is a member of the FTSE100 (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN).

 

For more information about Smith & Nephew, please visit our corporate website www.smith-nephew.com, follow @SmithNephewplc on Twitter or visit SmithNephewplc on Facebook.com

 

Forward-looking Statements

 

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