Sonova Holding AG / Key word(s): Acquisition
Ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 LR
Stäfa (Switzerland), January 13, 2022 - Sonova Holding AG, a leading provider of hearing care solutions, has signed an agreement to acquire Alpaca Audiology, one of the largest independent networks of audiological care clinics in the US. Founded in 2011, the company has over 500 employees and operates around 220 clinics across the country. The purchase price amounts to USD 310 million (CHF 285 million) on a cash and debt free basis and will be financed through the existing cash balance. The transaction is pending regulatory approval and expected to close before the end of financial year 2021/22.
Arnd Kaldowski, CEO of Sonova, says: 'This is an exciting step for Sonova. The addition of Alpaca Audiology to our Audiological Care business will significantly increase our presence in the US, the world's largest audiological care market. With the acquisition, we are doubling our network in the country, strongly expanding our consumer access.'
Sonova's Audiological Care business offers professional audiological services through a network of more than 3,200 locations in 20 key markets worldwide. In the US, the business is mainly represented by its brand Connect Hearing, and has more than 500 employees in around 220 clinics.
Goldman Sachs International ('GSI') acted as financial advisor to Sonova on this transaction.
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Pursuing a unique vertically integrated business strategy, the Group operates through three core businesses - Hearing Instruments, Audiological Care and Cochlear Implants - along the entire value chain of the hearing care market. The Group's sales and distribution network, the widest in the industry, comprises over 50 own wholesale companies and more than 100 independent distributors. This is complemented by Sonova's Audiological Care business, which offers professional audiological services through a network of more than 3,200 locations in 20 key markets.
Founded in 1947, the Group has a workforce of over 14,000 dedicated employees and generated sales of CHF 2.6 billion in the financial year 2020/21 as well as a net profit of CHF 585 million. Across all businesses, and by supporting the Hear the World Foundation, Sonova pursues its vision of a world where everyone enjoys the delight of hearing and therefore lives a life without limitations.
Sonova shares (ticker symbol: SOON, Security no: 1254978, ISIN: CH0012549785) have been listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange since 1994. The securities of Sonova have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the 'U.S. Securities Act'), or under the applicable securities laws of any state of the United States of America, and may not be offered or sold in the United States of America except pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements under the U.S. Securities Act and in compliance with applicable state securities laws, or outside the United States of America to non-U.S. Persons in reliance on Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act.
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