PhotoMedex, Inc. and LCA-Vision, Inc. today announced the signing of a definitive agreement pursuant to which PhotoMedex will acquire LCA-Vision for $5.37 per share in cash, or approximately $106.4 million.
PhotoMedex is a global skin health company providing integrated disease management and aesthetic solutions to dermatologists, professional aestheticians and consumers. LCA-Vision Inc. is a leading provider of laser vision correction services under the LasikPlus brand.
This proposed transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including LCA-Vision shareholder approval and regulatory approvals, and is subject to a 30-day “go shop” period. The Boards of Directors of both PhotoMedex and LCA-Vision have voted unanimously in favor of the transaction, which is expected to close in the second quarter of 2014. LCA-Vision’s operations are expected to be accretive to PhotoMedex’s cash EPS in 2014, excluding one-time, transaction-related items.
“The combination of these synergistic businesses holds potential for powerful financial leverage and profitable long-term growth by providing a platform to establish company-owned XTRAC Psoriasis and Vitiligo Centers of Excellence and clinical dispensing of Neova products in LasikPlus facilities,” said Dr. Dolev Rafaeli, PhotoMedex Chief Executive Officer. “We have a tremendous opportunity to leverage the LasikPlus infrastructure and customer-centric staff, which are the best in the industry yet presently underutilized. LCA-Vision is without rival when it comes to managing a consumer medical procedure from initial patient inquiry to call center operations, through to converting the consultation to a surgical appointment and procedure. LASIK procedures, however, are typically performed only one or two days a week in a costly infrastructure while the other days are devoted to patient screening, pre-operative and post-operative care. LasikPlus centers and staff, who deal one-on-one with patients, are ideally suited for expanding procedures beyond LASIK to include XTRAC laser treatments for various dermatologic disorders such as psoriasis and vitiligo, as well as utilizing the patient interaction for additional clinical brand dispensing.”
“At PhotoMedex we have a proven ability to generate dermatology patient traffic, and now we will have the national footprint to scale-up those efforts in an immediate and meaningful way while bringing recurring reimbursed patient revenue and economies of scale to LasikPlus centers. We expect this to be transformational to our XTRAC business,” he added. “On average, psoriasis patients are treated with XTRAC twice per week for three to six weeks, twice a year and over the course of many years. In contrast, the current LCA-Vision model has virtually no repeat business and is mostly a private-pay procedure. We believe that with minor modification to the layout of the LasikPlus clinics, the professional and technical LASIK staffs will be able to offer dermatology patients the same high level of care and customer service with only modest staffing increases and incremental training.”
Upon completion of this transaction, LCA-Vision will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of PhotoMedex. There are no layoffs planned at LCA-Vision, and all 62 LasikPlus vision centers in the U.S., including 52 full-service LasikPlus fixed-site laser vision correction centers and 10 pre- and post-operative LasikPlus satellite centers, are expected to remain intact. PhotoMedex plans to build on the current LCA-Vision strategic expansion of service offering to bolster cataract and intraocular lens procedures, and to expand the optometrist referral network, all of which are currently underway. The addition of XTRAC and Neova offerings to each center will improve center-level economics and will allow PhotoMedex to strategically evaluate expansion of the clinic network.
“For several years it has been a priority for LCA-Vision to pursue diversification of our revenue stream while at the same time becoming less reliant on a procedure that is closely tied to consumer confidence and macroeconomic factors. This business combination with PhotoMedex represents a compelling, immediate solution to leverage our established system by offering fully reimbursed, laser-based medical procedures,” said LCA-Vision Chief Executive Officer Michael J. Celebrezze. “The people of PhotoMedex are expert marketers for consumer health, wellness and beauty products with a proven ability to run efficient operations while supporting innovation. Combining our two companies provides for an exciting future for my LCA-Vision colleagues, while offering a compelling premium to LCA-Vision stockholders with the certainty of all-cash terms.”
Transaction Terms and Pro Forma Financials
Under the terms of the agreement, LCA-Vision shareholders will receive $5.37 in cash for each share held, which represents a premium of 34% over the closing price of LCA-Vision common stock on February 12, 2014. PhotoMedex will fund this transaction through a new $85 million senior secured credit facility including a $10 million revolving credit facility and a $75 million four-year term loan, as well as through existing cash balances.
The merger agreement permits LCA-Vision to solicit alternative acquisition proposals from third parties through March 15, 2014, and LCA-Vision intends to do so with the assistance of its financial and legal advisors. LCA-Vision does not anticipate disclosing any developments with regard to this process unless the LCA-Vision Board of Directors makes an affirmative decision to proceed with an alternative acquisition proposal. There can be no assurance that this process will result in a superior alternative proposal. In addition, LCA-Vision may, subject to certain procedural limitations under the terms of the merger agreement, respond to unsolicited alternative acquisition proposals subsequent to March 15, 2014. If the merger agreement is terminated under certain circumstances relating to an alternative transaction, LCA-Vision will be required to pay a termination fee to PhotoMedex and to reimburse certain of its expenses.
On a pro forma basis, the combined company had revenue for the 12 months ended September 30, 2013 of approximately $308 million, gross profit of approximately $244 million, gross margin of approximately 79% and adjusted net income of approximately $36 million. The pro forma combined cash position as of September 30, 2013 was approximately $78 million.
“We expect this transaction to be accretive to our 2014 cash EPS, excluding one-time, transaction-related items. Also, we expect approximately $5 million in annualized cost-savings and efficiencies to be fully achieved as we enter 2015,” said Dennis McGrath, PhotoMedex President and Chief Financial Officer.
To supplement PhotoMedex’s and LCA-Vision’s consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP as filed with the SEC on Forms 10-K and 10-Q for the relevant periods, PhotoMedex and LCA-Vision are providing certain non-GAAP measures of financial performance.
Reference to these non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to results prepared under current accounting standards, but are not a substitute for, nor superior to, GAAP results. These non-GAAP measures are provided to enhance investors' overall understanding of PhotoMedex’s and LCA-Vision’s current financial performance and to provide further information for comparative purposes.
Specifically, PhotoMedex and LCA-Vision believe the non-GAAP measures provide useful information to both management and investors by isolating certain expenses, gains and losses that may not be indicative of its core operating results and business outlook. In addition, PhotoMedex and LCA-Vision believe non-GAAP measures that exclude stock-based compensation expense and other non-cash or non-recurring expenses enhance the comparability of results against prior periods. The table below does not make acquisition-related adjustments.
Leadership, Facilities and Brands
Following completion of the transaction, Dr. Dolev Rafaeli will continue to serve as CEO of PhotoMedex and Dennis McGrath will continue to serve as President and CFO. Michael Celebrezze, currently CEO of LCA-Vision, will serve as President and CEO of the LCA-Vision subsidiary.
As a result of this transaction, there will be no changes to the PhotoMedex Board of Directors, but the company intends to create a six-person Board of Directors to oversee the LCA-Vision subsidiary.
PhotoMedex headquarters will continue to be in Horsham, Pennsylvania, while LCA-Vision’s headquarters and its call center will remain in Cincinnati. As a result of this transaction there will be no changes to any of the PhotoMedex, Radiancy or LCA-Vision brands, including LasikPlus.
Canaccord Genuity Inc. served as financial advisor to PhotoMedex on this transaction and Proskauer Rose LLP served as legal counsel. Cain Brothers & Company LLC served as financial advisor to LCA-Vision on this transaction and Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP served as legal counsel.
PhotoMedex and LCA-Vision management will hold a conference call to discuss this announcement and answer questions Friday, February 14, 2014 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. To participate in the conference call, dial toll-free 888- 329-8877 or International/toll 719-325-2469 (and enter confirmation code # 1856030). For the convenience of participants in Israel, a local/toll-free number (1-80-924-5906) has been set up (the confirmation code remains the same # 1856030). If you are unable to participate, a digital replay of the call will be available from Friday, February 14, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time until Friday, February 28, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time, by dialing toll-free 888-203-1112 or International/toll 719-457-0820 (participants in Israel may dial 1-80-924-6038) and using confirmation code #1856030. In addition, once you have accessed the conference call, you may also attend a live web conference to view the accompanying slides by accessing http://www.livemeeting.com/cc/vcc from your computer and entering your Name, Meeting ID: w1856030 and Entry Code: A185603 on the “Enter Meeting” page. Please note, to maximize your connection, please be sure to clear your temporary internet files/cache; disable your pop-up blockers, spyware, or anti-virus software during the session and close all other programs.
Slides to accompany the conference call will be posted to the Investor Relations section of www.photomedex.com and at http://www.lasikplus.com approximately 15 minutes before the start of the call.
The live broadcast of this conference call and slides will be available in the Investor Relations section of www.photomedex.com, and at www.streetevents.com. The online replay will be available shortly after the conclusion of the call.