Heska Corporation completes acquisition of scil animal care to become a global leader in veterinary diagnostics

Thursday April 2, 2020 0 comments Tags: Loveland, Heska Corporation, Covetrus, Kevin Wilson

LOVELAND -- Heska Corporation (NASDAQ: HSKA) announced the acquisition of scil animal care company GmbH ("scil") from Covetrus, Inc. for $110 million in cash, subject to customary closing adjustments.Heska_logoUSE 

The acquisition, first announced on Jan. 14, represents a key milestone in Heska's long-term strategic plan. scil has been a proven European leader since 1998 in providing veterinary point-of-care laboratory and imaging diagnostics, with headquarters in Germany and operations in France, Italy, Spain and Canada.

The acquisition creates a leading global veterinary diagnostics company, servicing millions of pets through tens of thousands of veterinarians and active point of care analyzers around the world.

Through this combination, Heska expects to:

  • Reach more than 25 countries and win a top three position in key markets by capturing market share in the United States (≈12.5%), Canada (≈13%), Germany (≈40%), Spain (≈40%), France (≈30%), and Italy (≈19%), and to leverage a strong and growing presence in the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Poland, the United Kingdom, Australia, Latin America and Malaysia;

  • Be staffed by more than 500 total employees, with direct sales teams in 10 countries spanning Europe, North America and Australia;

  • Derive 92% of its sales in Core Companion Animal, with an estimated 2020 sales mix of Laboratory (≈55%), Imaging (≈25%), Other CCA (≈12%), and Other Vaccines and Pharma (≈8%); and

  • Deliver a favorable geographic sales diversity across North America (≈67%) and greater Europe (≈33%).

"While many transactions are pausing or terminating in this uncertain time, we are coming together with scil today, on schedule, because our employees, veterinarians, communities, and shareholders are made stronger by the combination,” said Kevin Wilson, Heska's CEO and president.

“Pets are essential to human flourishing and pet healthcare is a wonderful space in which to invest. The companies that invest in their people and capabilities during difficult times like these will be positioned for above market performance when uncertainty begins to recede. Heska intends to be one of these companies. “With today's acquisition, Heska gains phenomenal assets that we very much want to own over the next several quarters and, more to the point, decades. I believe very strongly that this combination will drive significant value creation for all stakeholders.

“For these and many other reasons, I am thrilled to welcome the scil animal care team to our Heska family.”

The acquisition closed under an amended purchase agreement that reduced the total consideration paid to Covetrus from $125 million to $110 million, Heska said.