Consortium to purchase Kinetic Concepts for $6.3B

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A consortium comprised of Apax Partners, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP) has entered into a merger agreement to purchase global medical technology company Kinetic Concepts (KCI) for $68.50 per share, or $6.3 billion.

The acquisition cost includes KCI’s outstanding debt, and represents a premium of approximately 21 percent to the one-month historical average stock price of $56.49 through July 5, according to a statement from KCI, and a premium of 52 percent to the 12-month historical average stock price of $45.01 through July 5.

The merger was approved unanimously by KCI’s board of directors, and a special meeting of shareholders will be held after filing a definitive proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

“This consortium is a group of well-respected investors whose interest in KCI represents an endorsement of our market leadership, differentiated products and services and consistently strong performance,” said Cathy Burzik, KCI president and CEO.

The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2011, according to KCI.