DUBLIN, Ireland, April 20, 2023 - Trinity Biotech plc (Nasdaq: TRIB) (the “Company”), a leading developer and manufacturer of diagnostic solutions for the point-of-care and clinical laboratory markets, today announced it has entered into an agreement to sell its Fitzgerald Industries life sciences supply business, consisting of Benen Trading Ltd and Fitzgerald Industries International, Inc, to Biosynth for cash proceeds of approximately $30 million subject to customary adjustments. Biosynth is owned, amongst others, by KKR, Ampersand Capital Partners and management. The sale is expected to close in April 2023.
Trinity Biotech pursued this transaction as part of its plan to transform into a high growth innovator in diabetes care and decentralised diagnostic solutions. Life sciences supply is no longer core to Trinity Biotech’s refined long-term strategy. This transaction significantly reduces the Company’s net debt by approximately 40% and is an integral step in strengthening its balance sheet in line with its strategic focus on diabetes care and decentralized monitoring and diagnostics solutions. The Fitzgerald life sciences supply business generated revenue of approximately $12 million in the year ended 31 December 2022, and was EBITDA positive. The approximately $30 million cash proceeds from Biosynth includes funding to Fitzgerald Industries to allow it repay intercompany loans owed to Trinity Biotech.
The Company plans to initially use approximately $11 million of the proceeds of the sale to repay approximately $10.1 million of its senior secured debt held by Perceptive Advisors plus an approximately $900,000 early repayment penalty. In connection with this transaction, the Company has entered into an amendment to its senior secured term loan credit facility with Perceptive Advisors, which significantly reduces the Company’s minimum revenue covenants under that loan.
The Company believes that Biosynth, a supplier of critical raw materials to the life sciences industry, is an excellent fit for Fitzgerald Industries, and that Fitzgerald Industries will continue to flourish as part of Biosynth.
Commenting, John Gillard, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of Trinity Biotech stated, “While Fitzgerald Industries has been a strong contributor to Trinity Biotech over the past several years, in light of our refined focus on diabetes care and decentralised diagnostic solutions, we believe that now is the right time to exit the Fitzgerald Industries business. The cash proceeds significantly reduce Trinity Biotech’s net debt and this is a key milestone in repositioning the Company’s balance sheet profile to shift toward growth opportunities. This transaction should allow Trinity Biotech to reduce its debt servicing costs and provide capital for growth, transformation, and potentially further debt reduction. We wish the Fitzgerald Industries team and Biosynth all the very best for the future.” Commenting, Dr. Urs Spitz, CEO and President of Biosynth, said, “Biosynth is building a world-class offering of critical biological materials for the diagnostics industry. The combination of Fitzgerald Industries and our acquisition of Dublin-based Aalto Bio Reagents last year extends our product portfolio to 57,000 antigens and antibodies, and brings us truly global scale. The acquisition continues the expansion of our offering across complex chemicals, peptides and key biologics to help secure fragmented pharma and diagnostics supply chains. We are excited to work with the Fitzgerald Industries team to further grow and deliver the best to our customers.”
PwC Corporate Finance acted as lead advisor to Trinity Biotech plc on this transaction. Matheson LLP and Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP acted as Irish and U.S. legal advisers, respectively to Trinity Biotech.
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Trinity Biotech develops, acquires, manufactures and markets diagnostic systems, including both reagents and instrumentation, for the point-of-care and clinical laboratory segments of the diagnostic market. The products are used to detect infectious diseases and to quantify the level of Haemoglobin A1c and other chemistry parameters in serum, plasma and whole blood. Trinity Biotech sells direct in the United States, Germany, France and the U.K. and through a network of international distributors and strategic partners in over 75 countries worldwide. For further information, please see the Company's website: www.trinitybiotech.com
Biosynth is a supplier of critical raw materials, securing life sciences supply chains with global research, manufacturing and distribution facilities. Supplying the pharmaceutical, life science and diagnostic sectors; where Chemistry meets Biology, Products meet Services and Innovation meets Quality, Biosynth is at the Edge of Innovation. With a leading research product portfolio of over a million products and end-to-end manufacturing services, Biosynth’s expertise and capability runs across Complex Chemicals, Peptides and Key Biologics all from one trusted partner. Headquartered in Staad, Switzerland, Biosynth is owned amongst others by KKR, Ampersand Capital Partners and management. Find out more about Biosynth at www.biosynth.com.