J&J Buying Shockwave Medical for $13B

The acquisition further extends Johnson & Johnson MedTech’s position in cardiovascular intervention.

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Johnson & Johnson and Shockwave Medical today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Johnson & Johnson will acquire all outstanding shares of Shockwave for $335 per share in cash, corresponding to an enterprise value of approximately $13.1 billion including cash acquired. The transaction was approved by both companies’ boards of directors.

The acquisition of Shockwave further extends Johnson & Johnson MedTech’s position in cardiovascular intervention and accelerates its shift into higher-growth markets. Cardiovascular intervention is one of the fastest-growing global medtech markets, with significant unmet patient need. With the addition of Shockwave, Johnson & Johnson will expand its MedTech cardiovascular portfolio into two of the highest-growth, innovation-oriented segments of cardiovascular intervention – coronary artery disease (CAD) and peripheral artery disease (PAD). The transaction follows Johnson & Johnson MedTech’s successful acquisitions of Abiomed, a leader in heart recovery, and more recently Laminar, an innovator in left atrial appendage elimination for patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AFib). These acquisitions complement and build on Johnson & Johnson’s established global leadership position in electrophysiology through the Biosense Webster portfolio. Following the close of the transaction, Johnson & Johnson MedTech will be a category leader in four high-growth cardiovascular segments.  

Shockwave is a provider of innovative intravascular lithotripsy (IVL) technology for the treatment of calcified CAD and PAD. IVL is a minimally invasive, catheter-based treatment for calcified arterial lesions, which can reduce blood flow and cause pain or heart attack. IVL helps restore blood flow by cracking calcium lesions using sonic pressure waves and is used in both CAD and PAD, often in combination with stenting. Shockwave offers the only commercially available IVL technology and has safely, simply, and effectively treated approximately 400,000 patients globally. In addition to its leading IVL platform, Shockwave also recently acquired Neovasc Inc., a company that has developed the Reducer System, a novel product focused on symptom relief of refractory angina. The Reducer System has a growing commercial presence. It is currently undergoing clinical studies in the U.S. and is CE marked in the European Union and the United Kingdom.

Johnson & Johnson expects to maintain a strong balance sheet and to continue to support its stated capital allocation priorities of R&D investment, competitive dividends, value-creating acquisitions and strategic share repurchases.

Following the completion of the transaction, Shockwave will operate as a business unit within Johnson & Johnson MedTech, and financials will be reported within Johnson & Johnson MedTech’s Cardiovascular portfolio, which was previously referred to as Interventional Solutions. In addition to his current responsibilities for Abiomed as the Global Head of Heart Recovery, Michael Bodner will assume responsibility for the business upon close. Isaac Zacharias, who has 6 years with Shockwave, most recently serving as President and Chief Commercial Officer, will transition to become Worldwide President of Shockwave, reporting to Michael Bodner. Doug Godshall, Shockwave’s President and Chief Executive Officer, will advise through the transition.

The closing of the transaction is expected to occur by mid-year 2024 subject to the receipt of Shockwave’s shareholder approval, as well as the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. Following completion of the transaction, Shockwave’s common stock will no longer be listed for trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market.

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