Hologic picks up medical aesthetics player Cynosure in $1.6B+ deal

Hologic is well-known for its breast imaging devices. (Hologic)

Diagnostics player Hologic is diving into medical aesthetics with an acquisition of Cynosure worth approximately $1.65 billion.

The all-cash transaction is expected to close in March or April. It will be funded with cash on hand, which includes proceeds from the $1.85 billion divestiture of its blood-screening business to longtime partner Grifols.

The deal will serve as Hologic’s entry into the medical aesthetics space—which includes noninvasive body-contouring devices—while also expanding Cynosure’s market reach, the companies said in a statement.

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"We had identified medical aesthetics as an attractive and complementary growth opportunity through our strategic planning process, and are pleased to have agreed to acquire Cynosure, the best-in-class company in the space,” said Hologic CEO Steve MacMillan in the statement.

Hologic’s announcement comes a day after Allergan announced it would pick up Zeltiq, which markets the fat-freezing CoolSculpting system, to boost its aesthetics offerings.

In addition to body-contouring systems, Cynosure markets devices for hair removal, tattoo removal and the treatment of surgical and acne scars. The company posted $433.5 million in revenues for 2016, a 28% leap from its sales haul the previous year.

"Strategically, this deal enables Cynosure to further capitalize on growth opportunities in the core and non-core aesthetic market, rapidly strengthens our position in women's health—where Hologic has a leading commercial presence—and accelerates our R&D initiatives," said Cynosure CEO Michael Davin in the statement.

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