Baxter International Inc. and Hillrom announced that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which Baxter has agreed to acquire Hillrom for $156.00 per share in cash for a total equity value of approximately $10.5 billion and a total enterprise value of approximately $12.4 billion, including the assumption of debt.
According to the Baxter press release, Hillrom brings a highly complementary product portfolio and innovation pipeline that will enable Baxter to provide a broader array of medical products and services to patients and clinicians across the care continuum and around the world, facilitating the delivery of healthcare that is patient- and customer-centered and focused on improving clinical outcomes.
The combination is also expected to accelerate the companies' expansion into digital and connected care solutions that are increasingly enabling patients with access to hospital-level care at home or in other care settings.
The Baxter-Hillrom combination will expand access to Hillrom's portfolio globally; broaden the presence of the combined companies across sites of care; accelerate and strengthen the combined organization's digital transformation; and is expected to generate compelling financial returns for Baxter's shareholders.
Upon completion of the transaction, Baxter will pay $156.00 in cash for each outstanding share of Hillrom common stock for a purchase price of $10.5 billion. Baxter will also assume Hillrom's outstanding debt and cash, for a total enterprise value of $12.4 billion. The purchase price represents a 26% premium to Hillrom's closing stock price on July 27, 2021, the last trading day prior to media reports speculating about a potential transaction.
Baxter expects the combination to result in approximately $250 million of annual pre-tax cost synergies by the end of year three.