Covington Associates acts as Adviser to NLT Spine
on its sale to SeaSpine
August 19, 2016 (Boston, MA) – Covington Associates LLC, a leading middle market investment bank, announced its role as exclusive financial advisor to Israeli-based NLT Spine LTD. (“NLT” or “the Company”).
NLT, an Israel-based medical device company developing innovative spinal products for minimally invasive surgery, has entered into a definitive agreement to sell substantially all of its assets to SeaSpine Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SPNE), a global medical technology company focused on surgical solutions for the treatment of spinal disorders.
NLT’s platform includes vertical, lordotic and footprint expanding interbody technologies for use in lumbar fusion procedures for the treatment of degenerative spinal conditions. By allowing surgeons to place smaller interbody implants that expand within the interbody space, these patented technologies are designed to enable smaller incisions and less nerve retraction, while achieving the same advantages of larger implants but with easier insertion and potentially less tissue disruption.
Acquisition terms include an upfront cash payment, issuance of common stock upon achievement of a near-term regulatory milestone, longer-term commercially-based milestone payments, as well as future revenue-based royalties of up to $43 million.
“We’re pleased to add our line of products and technologies to SeaSpine’s comprehensive suite of offerings in the spine intervention market,” said NLT President and Chief Executive Officer, Didier Toubia. “We see SeaSpine as the ideal group to bring to market and drive adoption of our innovative interbody spine solutions, which we believe will benefit patients and our shareholders, now and in the longer-term.”
NLT’s broad intellectual property portfolio includes technologies that provide a robust pipeline of innovative MIS interbody solutions. NLT’s patent estate includes additional disruptive technologies with potential in other spinal applications. SeaSpine plans to further refine NLT’s existing products based on feedback from leading spine surgeons prior to full commercial launch and to evaluate NLT’s full intellectual property portfolio for additional product development opportunities.
“The combination of NLT’s innovative products with SeaSpine’s global customer channels will allow for rapid market adoption for NLT’s differentiated interbody solutions, one of the fastest growing market segments within spine,” notes Steven Mermelstein, Managing Director at Covington Associates and lead advisor to NLT.
About Covington Associates LLC
Covington Associates is an investment banking firm offering advisory services in the areas of mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”), capital raising, strategic advisory, fairness opinions, and valuations to middle-market companies across the Healthcare and Life Sciences, Business Services, Consumer & Industrial, and Technology verticals.
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NLT was founded in 2006 by Dr. Tzony Siegal, a leading spine surgeon, to provide innovative spine surgery instrumentation and implants for treating degenerative spinal conditions through small surgical incisions. The Company’s vision is to improve patient care and reduce total treatment costs by ultimately shifting from traditional open surgical routines to MIS, employing new methods and technologies to enhance usability and outcomes.
Funded by institutional investors, including Accelmed and Peregrine Ventures, as well as a leading global strategic investor, NLT’s product portfolio includes the FDA-cleared PROW FUSION, a segmented TLIF interbody fusion device that automatically turns into the disc space upon insertion to provide a larger footprint; the FDA-cleared PROW FUSION-V interbody fusion device that provides either vertical expansion or lordotic expansion; and the PROW FUSION-L lateral interbody fusion device that features an expanding anterior/posterior footprint.
APM & Co. acted as outside legal counsel to NLT.
SeaSpine is a global medical technology company focused on the design, development and commercialization of surgical solutions for the treatment of patients suffering from spinal disorders. SeaSpine has a comprehensive portfolio of orthobiologics and spinal hardware solutions to meet the varying combinations of products that neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons need to perform fusion procedures on the lumbar, thoracic and cervical spine. SeaSpine’s orthobiologics products consist of a broad range of advanced and traditional bone graft substitutes that are designed to improve bone fusion rates following a wide range of orthopedic surgeries, including spine, hip, and extremities procedures. SeaSpine’s spinal hardware portfolio consists of an extensive line of products to facilitate spinal fusion in minimally invasive surgery (MIS), complex spine, deformity and degenerative procedures.
Expertise in both orthobiologic sciences and spinal fusion hardware product development helps SeaSpine to offer its surgeon customers a complete solution to meet their fusion requirements. SeaSpine currently markets its products in the United States and in over 30 countries worldwide.