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$MMSI signed an asset purchase agreement with $BDX to buy certain assets which $BDX proposes to sell in connection with its proposed acquisition of $BCR. $MMSI proposes to buy the Aspira Pleural Effusion Drainage Kits and the Aspira Peritoneal Drainage System currently marketed by $BCR. The purchase price is $100MM.
Surgical equipment manufacturer $SYK slipped into loss during 4Q17, following the passage of the new tax legislation. Net loss during the quarter was $249MM, or $0.66 per share, compared to earnings of $510MM, or $1.34 per share in the prior year period. Adj. EPS rose 10.1% to $1.96. Net sales, however rose 10.0% YoY to $3.5Bil in 4Q17.
Hurt by one-time charges related to the US tax reform, $RMD reported 88% decline in 2Q18 earnings to $9.5MM, or 7 cents per share. Excluding these charges, net income rose 37% to $1 during the quarter. Meanwhile, revenue jumped 13% to $601.3MM.
$MDT received FDA clearance of the Riptide Aspiration System, adding a valuable tool to the Acute Ischemic Stroke (AIS) product portfolio. This is designed to retrieve thrombus (or blood clot) through the Arc Catheter and restore blood flow in patients experiencing blockage of an artery in the brain, known as an ischemic stroke.
$LIVN said the first patient has been enrolled in the Behavior of Valve Leaflets and the Incidence of Reduced Mobility Post-Surgical Aortic Valve Implant Study. The study is expected to enroll about 230 patients at 15 sites from the U.S. and Canada to ascertain whether valve leaflets are fully operational following surgery.
The FDA has approved an innovative clinician programmer for the SynchroMed-II Intrathecal Drug Delivery system developed by medical technology company $MDT, for chronic pain and spasticity. SynchroMed-II, an implantable pump, delivers medication directly to the fluid around the spinal cord. It is an app that facilitates simple, guided workflows.
$SYK said that for 4Q17 its preliminary results are of net sales growth of 10% to $3.5Bil, while for FY17, its net sales grew 9.9% to $12.4Bil. Excluding the impact of foreign currency & acquisitions, net sales rose 8.1% and 7.1% in 4Q17 and FY17. For 2018, $SYK expects modest headwinds that will be manageable within its overall financial targets.
$OFIX announced preliminary 4Q17 net sales of approx $117MM. These preliminary results represent reported sales growth of 7.7% and constant currency sales growth of 6.1% over 4Q16. As of Dec 31, 2017, cash and cash equivalents were approx $81MM compared to $40MM as of Dec 31, 2016.
$HRC announced its preliminary 1Q18 revenue. For this period, the company expects worldwide revenue of approx $670MM, an increase of 5% YoY. Core revenue increased approx 2%, exceeding the company's previously issued guidance of flat core revenue growth.
$TFX completed its senior leadership transition. Effective Jan. 1, 2018, Liam Kelly, who was previously President & COO, assumed the position of President & CEO. Mr. Kelly succeeds Benson Smith, who retired as CEO, effective Dec. 31, 2017. Mr. Smith will continue to serve as non-executive Chairman of the Board.
$ZBH appointed Bryan Hanson as President and CEO and a member of the BoD, effective Dec. 19, 2017. Daniel Florin, who has served as Interim CEO since July 11, 2017, will continue in his role as SVP and CFO. Most recently, Hanson served as a $MDT's Executive Committee member and as EVP and President of Medtronic's Minimally Invasive Therapies Group.
$MDT has named Bob White, previously SVP and President of APAC Region, as EVP and President of Minimally Invasive Therapies Group. The company also announced Chris Lee, SVP and President of Greater China Region, will assume the position of APAC Region President. These leadership changes are effective immediately.
$NUVA announced the expansion of its renowned surgeon education program into a Clinical Professional Development (CPD) global platform for surgeons that integrates surgical training with professional development. This new initiative will be led by Michael Piccirillo, an experienced spine executive.
$TFX's respiratory division has signed a new group purchasing agreement with HealthTrust. The Respiratory Heaters & Accessories agreement which became effective Dec. 1, 2017, covers Teleflex's full line of Active Humidification, Non Invasive Ventilation (NIV), and High Flow Nasal Cannula Therapy (HFNCT) products.
$SYK said Howard Cox Jr. has notified the company that he will not stand for re-election at Stryker's 2018 Annual Meeting, which is expected to be held on May 2, 2018. In light of Cox's immense contributions to the company, he will be named Director Emeritus.