Johnson & Johnson JNJ 0.55% announced that it has received a binding offer of approximately $2.1 billion from a private equity firm, Platinum Equity, for its LifeScan diabetes device unit. The LifeScan unit makes blood glucose monitoring products and generated revenues of $1.5 billion last year.
J&J stock has declined 3.8% this year so far, which compares unfavorably with a gain of 1.2% recorded by the industry.
J&J has time until Jun 15 to accept the offer, failing which it will expire. If J&J accepts the offer, the transaction is expected to close by the end of the year.
Sales in J&J’s Diabetes Care franchise declined 9.7% in 2017 to $1.6 billion due to price decline and competitive pressure.
J&J has been evaluating potential strategic options for its Diabetes Care Units specifically, LifeScan, Animas Corporation, and Calibra Medical since early last year. In fact, in October, J&J announced that it will close operations of its Animas Corporation diabetes care unit and exit its insulin pump business. Animas will stop manufacturing Animas Vibe and OneTouch Ping insulin pumps. J&J said that per a deal with medical device maker, Medtronic, Inc. MDT, patients using an Animas insulin pump will be offered the option to transfer to a Medtronic pump.