Colfax buys healthcare firm, mulls sale of Howden

Colfax Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire DJO Global Inc. (“DJO”) from private equity funds managed by Blackstone for $3.15 billion in cash. DJO is a global leader in orthopedic solutions, providing orthopedic devices, software and services spanning the full continuum of patient care, from injury prevention to rehabilitation. “The acquisition of DJO is a compelling next step in the strategic evolution of Colfax that creates a new growth platform in the high-margin orthopedic solutions market,” said Matt Trerotola, President and Chief Executive Officer of Colfax.

“As a clear market leader in bracing and rehabilitation systems – with a track record of innovative new products, globally recognized brands, and a diverse product portfolio – DJO is well-positioned to benefit from secular trends driven by changing demographics and increased preventive healthcare. This transaction reflects our strategic intent to diversify our portfolio and end-market exposure, reduce cyclicality, and increase profitability. We see significant opportunities to apply our proven Colfax Business System across DJO to create a continuous improvement culture, further improve productivity and margins, and accelerate innovation and new product development.”

Trerotola continued, “We are committed to reducing leverage and restoring balance sheet flexibility near-term and will explore strategic options for our Air and Gas Handling business. Longer term, we see tremendous opportunities to build our new medical technology platform with additional investment."

Colfax's businesses include Howden that manufactures equipment and devices including compressors.

Upon closing of the transaction, DJO Global will operate as a new segment within Colfax.