Cardinal Health signs definitive agreement to sell its Cordis business to Hellman & Friedman

March 15, 2021

Cardinal Health announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Cordis business to Hellman & Friedman (H&F) for approximately $1 billion, which includes buyer's assumption of certain liabilities and seller's retention of certain working capital accounts.

The transaction is expected to close in the first half of Cardinal Health's fiscal year 2022, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory clearances.

"Our decision to divest Cordis demonstrates our disciplined approach to evaluating our portfolio and focusing our resources in our strategic growth areas where we are an advantaged owner," said Mike Kaufmann, CEO of Cardinal Health. "Looking forward, we remain committed to our medical distribution and global medical products businesses."

After closing, most assets and liabilities associated with the Cordis business will transfer to H&F. Cardinal Health will retain full authority for lawsuits related to inferior vena cava filters in the United States and Canada, as well as liability associated with these matters. Cardinal Health estimates that, after completion of the transition services agreement, the divestiture of the Cordis business will decrease Medical segment profit by approximately $60 million to $70 million on an annual run-rate basis.

Cardinal Health has the release.