Alphatec Spine Agrees to Acquire Scient’x Groupe SAS

CARLSBAD, Calif., Dec. 17, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Alphatec Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATEC), the parent company of Alphatec Spine, Inc., a medical device company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets products for the surgical treatment of spine disorders, with a focus on treating conditions affecting the aging spine, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Scient’x Groupe SAS, a spinal implant company headquartered in France.

The transaction is structured as an all stock transaction such that 100% of outstanding Scient’x stock will be exchanged pursuant to a fixed ratio for 24 million shares of the Company’s common stock. On a pro forma basis, current Alphatec shareholders will own approximately 69% of the combined company and approximately 31% will be held by current Scient’x shareholders. The transaction is currently expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2010 and is subject to the approval of the Company’s shareholders. Subject to the closing of the transaction, the Company expects 2010 pro forma full-year revenues to be in a range of $220 million to $225 million, and pro forma full-year 2010 adjusted EBITDA to be in a range of $32 million to $35 million. The transaction is expected to be neutral to slightly positive to 2010 EPS and accretive to 2011 EPS, excluding amortization of intangible assets, transaction expenses and related restructuring charges. The Company has absorbed transaction-related costs that had a negative impact to EPS in the third quarter and are expected to negatively impact previously issued EPS guidance for the fourth quarter of 2009. The Company also expects to absorb additional transaction-related expenses in the first quarter of 2010.

The combined company will create the third-largest independent spinal company with a global span of product distribution. Scient’x is the largest privately held independent spine company outside of the United States with product distribution in over 50 countries.

The transaction was unanimously approved by a Special Committee of independent members of the Company’s Board of Directors. Following such approval by the Special Committee, the Company’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the acquisition agreement. Thomas Weisel Partners LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to the Special Committee and provided a fairness opinion to the Board of Directors that the transaction was fair to the Company from a financial point of view as of the date of this press release. DLA Piper LLP (US) acted as independent counsel to the Special Committee.


Josh Sandberg

Josh Sandberg is the President of Ortho Spine Partners and Partner for The De Angelis Group. He also serves as Co-Founder and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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