Pioneer Surgical to change hands

RTI Biologics Inc. today announced its intent to acquire privately held Pioneer® Surgical Technology headquartered in Marquette.

Pioneer is a leading medical technology company that manufactures and distributes metal and synthetic products in the orthopedics, biologics, spine, trauma and cardiothoracic markets.

In a press release from the two companies, officials say the acquisition of Pioneer supports RTI’s strategic initiatives to expand its current implant portfolio into metals and synthetics and to grow direct distribution.

“The combination of RTI and Pioneer is an exciting opportunity for both companies and their employees,” said Brian K. Hutchison, RTI president and chief executive officer. “This acquisition is strongly aligned with RTI’s long term strategic plan, accelerating new growth opportunities and gross margin expansion. Pioneer has built a strong distribution network for their implants, which will be beneficial when we launch our map3TM cellular allogeneic bone graft later this year. This acquisition will bring immediate scale, allowing us to reach our strategic goals and take advantage of growth opportunities more quickly than either company could do independently.”

“We believe the combination of Pioneer and RTI will be a catalyst for continued growth,” said Daniel Webber, Pioneer’s president and chief executive officer.

“The combined company will have a broad portfolio of complementary surgical implants benefiting patients, surgeons and hospitals, as well as advancing the positive momentum we have built at Pioneer. Additionally, RTI’s culture of innovation is a great fit with that of our own employees.”

The press release says that, “under the terms of the merger agreement, RTI will pay $130 million in cash to acquire all the outstanding stock of Pioneer. The transaction will be funded through a combination of cash on hand, a new credit facility and a concurrent private placement of convertible preferred equity from Water Street Healthcare Partners.”
“We are pleased to work with RTI to complete this acquisition and accelerate the company’s strategic plan for growth,” said Curt Selquist, an operating partner with Water Street who has more than 35 years of healthcare experience. “We look forward to contributing our team’s years of experience in the medical products sector and our network of industry relationships to support RTI with continuing to build on its strong foundation.”

The merger agreement has been approved by both companies’ boards of directors. The merger is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2013.

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