Stryker Acquire Trauson Holdings for $764M in Cash
Stryker Corporation (NYSE: SYK) and Trauson Holdings Company Limited announced today that Stryker will make a voluntary general offer to acquire all the shares of Trauson for HK$7.50 per ordinary share for a total consideration of $764 million in an all cash transaction, representing an enterprise value of approximately $685 million. Trauson's controlling shareholder, Luna Group, has undertaken to accept the offer from Stryker by tendering 61.7% of the Trauson shares towards the offer. Founded in China in 1986 by Chairman Fuqing Qian, Trauson had sales in 2011 approximating $60 million and is the leading trauma manufacturer in China and a major competitor in the spine segment. Stryker and Trauson have maintained a relationship under an OEM agreement for instrumentation sets since 2007. With this acquisition, Stryker will expand its presence in a key emerging market with a product portfolio and pipeline that is targeted at the large and fast growing value segment of the Chinese orthopaedic market. "The acquisition of Trauson is a critical step toward broadening our presence in China and developing a value segment platform for the emerging markets through a well established brand,"