Eurobio Scientific (FR0013240934, ALERS, PEA-PME eligible), a leading French group in in vitro medical diagnostics and life sciences, announces the signing on August 17, 2022 of an agreement to acquire 100% of the capital and voting rights of the Dutch company Genome Diagnostics BV (GenDx) with its founder and its shareholders for an amount of 135 million euros (net of adjusted cash). This acquisition will allow Eurobio Scientific to complete its commercial portfolio with a range of 100% proprietary products among the most efficient in the field of HLA diagnostics. to assess compatibility between donors and recipients in the context of organ and marrow transplants. It will also allow it to strengthen its geographical footprint, mainly in Europe and the USA. The payment will be made entirely in cash, financed with the Group's cash and, in part, by a bank loan for a total of 90 million euros. Completion of this operation is subject to the finalization of the bank financing agreement.
- Acceleration of its strategic plan confirming its positioning as a leader in the molecular diagnostics market
- Acquisition of a portfolio of 100% proprietary products
- New high-level R&D and bioinformatics teams
- Products marketed in many countries on several continents
- Strong technological and commercial complementarities
One of the world leaders in HLA typing for graft compatibility
Founded in 2005 in Utrecht, the Netherlands, GenDx specializes in the molecular diagnosis of transplants by HLA typing of organs or patients as part of the evaluation of compatibility between donors and recipients. It is, among other things, one of the pioneers of typing based on genomic sequencing (SBT or Sequencing Based Typing) for which it currently offers high-resolution solutions based on NGS technologies. the most recents.
GenDx develops and markets a complete range which includes:
- reagents for performing HLA typing by sequencing;
- software for analyzing sequencing results, adapted to different techniques and different platforms;
- training modules, facilitating the adoption of its solutions by its customers.
The company brings together more than 80 employees, mostly based in the Netherlands, with a sales force also present in Benelux, Germany and the USA. In 2021, GenDx generated €17 million in revenue, for €6,9 million in EBITDA. During the first half of 2022, GenDx's revenue is estimated at €11,2 million, for €5,4 million of EBITDA.
An acquisition with strong potential for growth and value creation
In 2021, transplantation diagnostics accounted for 23,8% of the Eurobio Scientific group's (the “Group”) non-COVID revenue, i.e. €20 million. The acquisition of GenDx should make it possible to consolidate the Group's presence in this specialty and generate new international development synergies.
The main synergies linked to this acquisition are:
- a strong complementarity of transplantation activities: Eurobio Scientific is currently only a distributor for France where GenDx has no direct presence;
- R&D complementarity: GenDx supplements the Group's scientific and technical expertise with significant know-how in HLA and NGS and teams housed in a center of excellence in Utrecht;
- a technological lead from GenDx in the digitization of diagnostics, through the algorithms and software developed by its bioinformatics specialists;
- an extension of the international commercial presence by the direct presence of GenDx in Holland, Germany and North America where it will supplement the capacities of Eurobio Scientific, and by its distributors in the rest of Europe, Asia and the rest of the world.
Given the characteristics of GenDx, the strong complementarity between the two groups, and the many synergies identified, the valuation of this transaction is in line with those of recent acquisitions involving similar assets in the field of medical diagnostics.
Increasing access to care and advances in medicine are resulting in a growing demand for transplants. However, this is hampered by the availability of organs to be transplanted. A precise and rapid diagnosis, making it possible to increase the success rate of these operations, promotes the balance between supply and demand. The transplant diagnostics market is therefore growing rapidly and the technological and commercial strength of the new entity resulting from the merger of Eurobio Scientific and GenDx should make it a leading player.
Denis Fortier, Deputy CEO and co-CEO of Eurobio Scientific, Chairman of EurobioNext, declares: “This operation is transformative for Eurobio Scientific and is fully in line with the development strategy that we have been successfully pursuing for several years, based on a direct presence in Europe and an increase in the share of proprietary products. The strong complementarity between our two companies should enable us to increase our Group's lead technologically, geographically and commercially”.
Hervé Duchesne de Lamotte, Deputy CEO and CFO of Eurobio Scientific, adds . " This merger, which has the support of our financial partners, will enable Eurobio Scientific to significantly increase the share of proprietary products in its turnover and therefore its profitability. The size of the financing associated with this operation also gives Eurobio Scientific the means to pursue serenely the development of the Group.
“We are particularly proud of this structuring acquisition of GenDx which will further strengthen the added value of Eurobio Scientific's innovation. It is the fruit of historical relations between entrepreneurs, Denis Fortier and Wietse Mulder, who share the same vision of the development of their business. We are convinced that GenDx will play an important role in the development of Eurobio Scientific around NGS technology as well as on the two challenges of the future which are preventive medicine and smart health”. comments Arthur Vigneras, Director of Investments at NextStage AM.
Wietse Mulder, CEO and co-founder of GenDx, adds “For GenDx it was important to be closer to a group led by entrepreneurs. Eurobio Scientific, through its demonstrated agility during the COVID crisis and its complementarity with our activities, quickly appeared to us as the best partner to ensure the continued development of transplantation activities, while strengthening the technological base of our new Group. On a more personal note, I am delighted to join this new group and enable the establishment of a leading player in Europe in the field of molecular diagnostics”.
Equity and bank loan financing
The acquisition will be financed partly by the Group's own cash and partly by a bank loan taken out with a syndicate bringing together the Group's banks, in particular LCL, BNP, Crédit Agricole Ile de France, BRED and CIC. The total loan will concern an amount of 90 million euros. It will be amortized half-yearly over a period of six years for 63 million euros, and will be repayable in fine at the end of the seventh year for 27 million euros. The interest rate will be that of EURIBOR to which will be added a margin varying according to certain financial ratios and between 0,9 and 1,6% for the depreciable part and between 1,75 and 2,45% for the ultimate part. A portion of this loan will be used to repay the outstanding balance of the March 2020 syndicated loan, i.e. approximately €4,5 million.
The final completion of the acquisition is subject to the legal finalization of the agreement with the banks, which will include the usual covenants for this type of transaction, the respective committees having already given their approvals. It should be in place by mid-October.
List of participants in the operation
Eurobio Scientific : Denis Fortier (Deputy Managing Director, co-CEO), Hervé Duchesne de Lamotte (Deputy Managing Director, CFO) and Jean-Michel Carle (Chairman and CEO)
NextStage AM : Grégoire Sentilhes (Co-founder and President), Arthur Vignéras (Director of Investments) and Emilio Johnston (Business Manager)
Buyer merger and acquisition advisor: Rothschild & Co. (Elena Coluccelli, Philippe de Montreynaud, Dimitrios Iroidis)
Buyer legal advice, legal and social DD: Jones Day (Floris Pierick, Renaud Bonnet, Maarten De Boorder)
Financial and fiscal DD: Deloitte (Justin Hamers, Martijn Koedijk, Thomas Fischer)
 Human Leucocyte Antigen – human leukocyte antigens
 Next Generation Sequencing – next generation sequencing
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