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Integer Announces Plans to Divest Advanced Surgical and Orthopedics Product Lines to MedPlast LLC for $600 Million

May 03 2018

~ Disposition Provides Integer Financial Flexibility to Strengthen Medical Device Outsourcing Leadership Position ~
~ Strategic Acquisition to Bolster MedPlast’s Portfolio of Medical Device Manufacturing Capabilities ~

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FRISCO, Texas & TEMPE, Ariz., May 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Integer Holdings Corporation (“Integer”) (NYSE:ITGR), a leading medical device outsource manufacturer, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its Advanced Surgical and Orthopedics (“AS&O”) product lines to MedPlast, LLC (“MedPlast”), a leading global services provider to the medical device industry, for $600 million in cash. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2018 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including U.S. and foreign antitrust clearances.

“Integer is a global leader in medical device outsourcing, with an unmatched breadth of design, development and manufacturing capabilities,” said Joe Dziedzic, Integer’s president and chief executive officer. “After this divestiture and paying down debt with the proceeds, we expect to be a $1.2 billion company with higher margins, increased net earnings, greater returns on invested capital, and significantly lower debt leverage. This increased financial flexibility will enable us to grow our leadership position in our Cardio & Vascular and Cardiac & Neuromodulation product lines as we partner with customers to deliver life-changing innovation.”

Integer’s AS&O capabilities will bolster MedPlast’s portfolio of manufacturing solutions and transform MedPlast into one of the world’s leading outsourced contract manufacturers of medical devices. In addition to expanding MedPlast’s offering into a broad range of metals manufacturing capabilities, including machining, stamping, coating and metal forming, it will further strengthen MedPlast’s front-end design, development and prototyping services. Once complete, the acquisition will double MedPlast’s size to nearly $1 billion in sales, as well as its global footprint, with an expanded presence in Europe. MedPlast will employ nearly 6,000 engineers, technicians and assembly workers at manufacturing facilities across Asia, Central America, Europe and the United States.

“MedPlast is incredibly excited about the addition of Integer’s AS&O capabilities to our existing platform,” said MedPlast Chief Executive Officer Brian King. “This acquisition will further broaden our offerings and strengthen our ability to provide our customers with innovative solutions to meet their challenging needs. It also will provide additional scale and new growth opportunities for MedPlast. We are excited to be working with the AS&O team and look forward to collectively growing our company and continuing to deliver outstanding service to our customers.”

MedPlast’s agreement to acquire Integer’s AS&O business is the third acquisition MedPlast has facilitated in the past year. In 2017, MedPlast acquired Vention Medical’s Device Manufacturing Services business and Coastal Life Technologies to extend its portfolio of services into assembly and packaging. The strategic acquisitions follow MedPlast’s partnership in 2016 with Water Street Healthcare Partners and JLL Partners, two strategic investment firms specializing in the health care industry.

The transaction does not include Integer’s Portable Medical product line, which will remain a part of Integer.

Piper Jaffray & Co. is serving as financial advisor to Integer while Hodgson Russ LLP is serving as legal advisor.

About Integer™
Integer Holdings Corporation (NYSE:ITGR) is one of the largest medical device outsource (MDO) manufacturers in the world serving the cardiac, neuromodulation, orthopedics, vascular, advanced surgical and portable medical markets. The company provides innovative, high-quality technologies and manufacturing to Medical Device OEM’s to enhance the lives of patients worldwide. In addition, it develops batteries for high-end niche applications in energy, military, and environmental markets. The company's brands include Greatbatch™ Medical, Lake Region Medical and Electrochem. Additional information is available at www.integer.net.

About MedPlast
At MedPlast, we focus on providing end-to-end solutions for medical device OEMs. Our deep materials expertise—combined with our experience in engineering, manufacturing, assembly, packaging, and sterilization—allows us to bring our customers’ medical technology solutions to market. We have 15 locations including low-cost facilities in Costa Rica, China, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.  For more information on MedPlast, visit www.medplastgroup.com.

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Integer Contacts:
Investor Relations
Amy Wakeham
IR@integer.net
214.618.4978

Media Relations
Kelly Butler
kelly.butler@integer.net
214.618.4216

MedPlast Contact:
Kathryn Misra
kmisra@medplastgroup.com
716.574.5859

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