NORCROSS, Ga., Jan. 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Immucor, Inc., a global leader in providing automated instrument-reagent systems to the blood transfusion industry, today announced a definitive agreement to acquire the LIFECODES business, which includes a leading position in transplantation diagnostics, from Hologic, Inc. (Nasdaq:HOLX). Under the terms of the agreement, Immucor will purchase the outstanding shares of the LIFECODES business for $85 million in cash, plus an earn-out provision totaling $10 million in cash based on the achievement of certain financial targets in calendar 2013.
The addition of LIFECODES strengthens Immucor's position in the global in vitro diagnostics market by creating a single source for transfusion and transplantation-related testing. The LIFECODES business is recognized as a worldwide leader in transplantation diagnostics, which represents a $400 million market that is growing at mid-to-high single digits.
"Everything we do at Immucor is about helping anyone who needs blood get the right blood safely. The LIFECODES business will extend our mission to organs and stem cells," says William A. Hawkins, president and chief executive officer of Immucor. "The clear market advantage here is that customers anywhere in the world will have a single source for proven diagnostics that has a core competency in antigen typing and antibody screening and identification."
Like Immucor, the LIFECODES business represents 30 years of specialty diagnostic innovation, including molecular methods, to better serve laboratories in the United States and internationally. The LIFECODES business specializes in pre-transplant human leukocyte antigen (HLA) typing and screening to ensure the most compatible match between patient and donor, as well as post-transplant patient monitoring to aid in the identification of graft rejection. LIFECODES also offers other immune-monitoring products. LIFECODES previously was a part of the San Diego-based Gen-Probe Incorporated portfolio. Hologic acquired Gen-Probe in August 2012.
"We are excited to welcome LIFECODES to the Immucor team," says Mr. Hawkins, "Hospital labs and blood banks rely on best-in-class technology and support to improve their operations, and achieve better healthcare outcomes. With the LIFECODES acquisition, Immucor will be well-positioned to help both transfusion centers and HLA labs anywhere in the world improve patient safety by ensuring the most compatible transfusion and transplantation."
The transaction is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including applicable regulatory approvals, and is expected to close in the first calendar quarter of 2013. For more information about LIFECODES, visit http://www.gen-probe.com/products-services.
Financing and Advisors
Immucor expects to fund the transaction through a combination of debt and equity. Fully committed financing has been secured from Citi Global Markets, Inc. and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
Ropes and Gray LLP is representing Immucor in the transaction.
Founded in 1982, Immucor manufactures and sells a complete line of reagents and systems used by hospitals, reference laboratories, and donor centers to detect and identify certain properties of the cell and serum components of blood prior to transfusion. Immucor markets a complete family of products for all of its market segments, including two fully automated instruments for serology testing – NEO® and Echo® – and its BioArray™ molecular BeadChip™ offering, which is CE marked in Europe and available on a research use only basis in the U.S. Immucor is headquartered in Norcross, Georgia. For more information, visit http://www.immucor.com or call 1.855.IMMUCOR.
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