Johnson & Johnson to Acquire Shockwave Medical

Summation

  • As part of a larger, more diverse organization, with broad expertise and a core focus on improving patient outcomes, we are confident we will be able to further solidify IVL as the global standard of care for patients.
  • Johnson MedTech's leadership positions in heart recovery (Abiomed) and electrophysiology (Biosense Webster) to make it a category leader in four of the largest and highest-growth medtech markets within cardiovascular intervention.
  • The acquisition of Shockwave and its leading IVL technology provides a unique opportunity to accelerate our impact in cardiovascular intervention and drive greater value for patients, shareholders and health systems.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) and Shockwave Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: SWAV) (“Shockwave”) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Johnson & Johnson will acquire all outstanding shares of Shockwave for $335.00 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.

Benefit of the Acquisition

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 leading, first-to-market 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.

Joaquin Duato, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson & Johnson

“With our focus on Innovative Medicine and MedTech, Johnson & Johnson has a long history of tackling cardiovascular disease – the leading cause of death globally. The acquisition of Shockwave and its leading IVL technology provides a unique opportunity to accelerate our impact in cardiovascular intervention and drive greater value for patients, shareholders and health systems.”

Tim Schmid, Executive Vice President and Worldwide Chairman of Johnson & Johnson MedTech

“Shockwave offers a truly differentiated opportunity to further enhance our leadership position in medtech, expand into additional high-growth segments, and ultimately transform the future of cardiovascular treatment. Shockwave’s IVL technology for treating CAD and PAD, and its strong pipeline, are in a class of their own. We look forward to bringing Shockwave’s solutions into Johnson & Johnson MedTech and the hands of more physicians around the world.”

Doug Godshall, President and CEO of Shockwave

“Shockwave has transformed the treatment of complex calcified arterial disease through the pioneering development of intravascular lithotripsy, and it is our mission to make this remarkable technology available to patients worldwide. As part of a larger, more diverse organization, with broad expertise and a core focus on improving patient outcomes, we are confident we will be able to further solidify IVL as the global standard of care for patients. I am deeply grateful to our team members and colleagues whose efforts have made today’s milestone possible; their accomplishments and passion have been extraordinary. I could not think of a better partner and home than Johnson & Johnson as the Shockwave team prepares to write its next exciting chapter.”

Transaction Benefits

  • Solidifies Johnson & Johnson MedTech’s leadership in cardiovascular intervention: IVL is the only technology that can treat both intimal and medial calcification, and Shockwave offers the first and only commercially available IVL platform for CAD and PAD. This acquisition will complement Johnson & Johnson MedTech’s leadership positions in heart recovery (Abiomed) and electrophysiology (Biosense Webster) to make it a category leader in four of the largest and highest-growth medtech markets within cardiovascular intervention.
  • Enhances opportunity to serve patients worldwide through complementary fit with Johnson & Johnson: Shockwave’s IVL and Abiomed’s Impella® heart pump platform play a critical role in complex percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures. Specifically, IVL is used in approximately 30% of high-risk PCI cases that also use Impella® today. This clinical compatibility, combined with Johnson & Johnson MedTech’s established global commercial infrastructure, provides numerous opportunities to accelerate the adoption of these segment-leading technologies to patients in need.
  • Provides robust pipeline for future growth in underpenetrated markets: Shockwave benefits from a strong pipeline focused on continued innovation and expansion of its product portfolio in CAD and PAD, and the potential use of IVL in new indications, including carotid artery disease and structural heart disease, over the coming years. Shockwave is also evaluating its Reducer System technology in clinical studies to treat patients with refractory angina.
  • Accelerates sales growth: The acquisition of Shockwave accelerates Johnson & Johnson MedTech’s ongoing efforts to increase its presence in high-growth markets with unmet need, while expanding its reach and scale globally. The proposed transaction adds a high-performing business in an underpenetrated category with a strong pipeline and an attractive growth and margin profile. The transaction is expected to accelerate revenue growth for both Johnson & Johnson and Johnson & Johnson MedTech. Shockwave is ultimately expected to become Johnson & Johnson MedTech’s thirteenth priority platform, as defined by annual sales of at least $1 billion.
  • Delivers immediate operational accretion: The transaction will be accretive to operating margin for both Johnson & Johnson and Johnson & Johnson MedTech. Johnson & Johnson expects the transaction to be operationally accretive upon closing, but considering the impact of financing costs, is expected to dilute adjusted earnings per share by approximately $0.10 in 2024 and approximately $0.17 in 2025.

Transaction Details and Path to Completion

Under the terms of the agreement, Johnson & Johnson will acquire all outstanding shares of Shockwave for $335.00 per share in cash through a merger of Shockwave with a wholly owned Johnson & Johnson subsidiary. Johnson & Johnson expects to fund the transaction through a combination of cash on hand and debt.

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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