Vitrolife in IVF technology deal
02.07.2012 - Cell cultivation company Vitrolife announced it will acquire Hungarian Cryo Management Ltd, a specialist in time-lapse embryo monitoring for IVF.
Gothenburg – The purchase sum is €5m, and could be increased to €9m upon the fulfilment of defined objectives primarily related to sales during the period 2013 to 2015. Through the acquisition, Vitrolife gains access to a product portfolio in the form of time-lapse products for IVF and increased knowledge within IVF technology and embryo development.
The fixed purchase sum is financed by a corporate acquisition loan of €3m and by payment of €2m in newly issued shares or cash. If payment is in shares, this is planned to be carried out after distribution of the subsidiary Xvivo Perfusion AB. Vitrolife, headquartered in Gothenburg in Sweden, anticipates that the acquisition will have a marginally negative effect on earnings per share for 2012 due to increased marketing activities and transaction expenses but that the business will make a positive contribution as from 2013. Cryo Management Ltd and its subsidiary Cryo Innovation Ltd are located in Budapest, Hungary. The company was formed in 2005, with 20 employees and budgeted sales of approximately €2m for 2012. The company has developed, produced and marketed time-lapse products, primarily for the IVF market. Its Primo Vision time-lapse technology takes images of the embryos at short intervals during the cultivation process. The pictures are then played back as a film which is analysed by an embryologist. This method avoids, amongst other things, today’s problem that the sensitive embryo is subjected to stress when being evaluated as the embryo must be taken out of the incubator for assessment. The time-lapse technology also enables the entire development of the embryo to be studied, which gives greater opportunities to choose the most optimal embryo and thereby improve the chances of pregnancy.