Cantel Medical acquires dental tech dev Vista Research Group for $11m

Cantel Medical, Vista Research Group

Cantel Medical (NYSE:CMD) said today that it acquired dental water treatment, purification and management solution company Vista Research Group for $10.5 million.

In the deal, Cantel said it will pay $7 million upfront with an additional $3.5 million to be paid based on performance-based milestones over a two-year period, the Little Falls, N.J.-based company said.

“We’re excited that Vista Research Group is now part of Cantel. The integration of their water treatment technologies into our existing portfolio allows us to offer our customers more comprehensive infection prevention solutions that provide clean water across all touchpoints in the dental clinic. This acquisition also reinforces our position as the market leader in dental water compliance,” Vista Research Group prez & CEO Jorgen Hansen said in a press release.

Ashland, Ohio-based Vista Research Group reported sales of approximately $2 million during the previous fiscal year. The company currently has a portfolio of solutions for filtration, purification, treatment and management of dental water to reduce infection risk, improve workflows and patient care and protect dental equipment.

“The addition of Vista Research Group’s solutions will broaden our dental water purification portfolio and advance the development of our product line. In addition to our DentaPure Cartridge, it also will enable us to provide a full suite of end-to-end dental water compliance solutions to dental practices. In our ongoing commitment to infection prevention and compliance, we look forward to driving the awareness of and access to the VistaPure, VistaCool, and VistaClear products so more dental practices can benefit from improved efficiency, simplified workflows, and better protection for both patients and staff,” Cantel dental division prez Gary Steinberg said in a prepared statement.

Last November, Cantel Medical posted fiscal first-quarter earnings that matched the consensus forecast on Wall Street, but missed the mark with its top-line numbers.

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Cantel Medical’s fiscal Q1 earnings meet The Street, but sales miss

Cantel MedicalFiscal first-quarter earnings for Cantel Medical (NYSE:CMD) equaled the consensus forecast on Wall Street, but the medical device company miss the mark with its top-line number.

Little Falls, N.J.-based Cantel posted profits of $19.2 million, or 46¢ per share, on sales of $225.6 million for the three months ended Oct. 31, for a bottom-line slide of -16.1% on sales growth of 6.0% compared with fiscal Q1 2018.

Adjusted to exclude one-time items, earnings per share were 62¢ per share, dead even with The Street, where analysts were looking for revenues of $228.2 million.

“We are pleased to report good sales and non-GAAP earnings performance this quarter, and a return to strong growth in our medical segment. Our 6.0% reported sales increase was driven by organic growth of 4.3%, the impact from acquisitions of 2.3%, and an unfavorable impact from foreign currency of 0.6%. We continue to perform well internationally where sales were up 9.3% overall, and our US business had a solid quarter with 5.0% growth,” president & CEO Jørgen Hansen said in prepared remarks. “Our medical division had a great quarter, with double-digit growth in all regions and U.S. capital sales that returned to solid growth compared to the prior year. Our life sciences and dental businesses started the year softer than anticipated mostly due to the timing of orders, however we expect both segments to accelerate throughout the remainder of the year.”

Hansen said Cantel stood by its prior forecast for adjusted EPS of $2.57 to $2.62 on sales growth of 6.5% to 7.5% for the full fiscal year. The company has said it aims to reach the $1.3 billion sales mark in fiscal 2021, when it hopes to pull down $150 million in adjusted net income.

CMD shares closed up 2.3% at $90.43 apiece yesterday.

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CardioMech taps medtech vet Nehm for CEO | Personnel Moves, November 5, 2018

 CardioMech taps medtech veteran Nehm for CEO
Swedish mitral valve repair company CardioMech said today that it named medical device industry veteran Richard Nehm as president & CEO effective immediately.

Nehm’s resume includes stints at Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX), Abbott (NYSE:ABT) acquisition Tendyne and ATS Medical (acquired by Medtronic (NYSE:MDT)). CardioMech also named Spinal Stabilization Technologies president & CEO Mark Novotny as chairman.

“There are more than 400,000 patients around the world that suffer from a leaky mitral valve due to prolapse or flail that are at a high-risk for a cardiac surgery. We are pleased to welcome Rick and Mark to help us accelerate the development of our catheter-based technology that is designed to treat these patients with a transfemoral/transseptal access without the risks associated with open-heart surgery, cardiac arrest and the heart-lung bypass machine,” co-founder & chief medical officer Dr. Jacob Bergsland said in prepared remarks.

“I am thrilled to join this extraordinary team and lead CardioMech down the path towards commercialization of this profound technology. Our objective is to significantly improve the standard of care for very sick patients suffering with mitral valve prolapse and flail,” Nehm added.

“Transcatheter chordal repair is a hot segment with two exits in the last 11 months. The CardioMech device is highly differentiated, and we will build significant shareholder value in a short period of time. I am excited to join this team and guide this exceptional technology to market,” Novotny said.
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Cantel Medical wins FDA nod for Advantage Plus endoscope reprocessor

Cantel Medical (NYSE:CMD) said today it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its Advantage Plus pass-thru automated endoscope reprocessor, making it the first AER available in the US, the company claims.

The newly cleared device is designed for the high-level disinfection of commonly used endoscopes, including duodenoscopes, the Little Falls, N.J.-based company said.

“We strive to deliver real life infection prevention solutions to address the complexities our customers face in setting up successful endoscopy departments. We believe the Advantage Plus pass-thru AER’s availability will transform our customers’ experiences by improving department efficiencies and workflow while maintaining the integrity of the cleaning process and supporting patient safety,” global marketing and biz dev VP Bill Haydon said in a prepared statement.

The Advantage Plus pass-thru AER uses a one-way workflow to reduce human error with a hard-wall separation between dirty and clean reprocessing areas to prevent recontamination of reprocessed endoscopes, Cantel said.

The system is designed to reprocess approximately four to five scopes per hour, and has been cleared for use with Cantel’s Rapicide PA disinfectant.

“The FDA clearance of Advantage Plus pass-thru AER further expands our rapidly growing endoscopy portfolio and delivers on our commitment to safeguard the world from infections through innovative, market leading technologies. As a leader in infection prevention for over 20 years, Cantel is thrilled to announce the availability of this best practice technology in automated endoscope reprocessing to our U.S. customers,” endoscopy division prez Dave Hemink said in a press release.

Last month, Cantel said it acquired Belgium-based healthcare software developer Aexis Medical in a deal worth $24.8 million.

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