Healthcare equipment maker Opto Circuits has acquired an unnamed European company for over $100 million. This would be Opto’s biggest overseas acquisition. Informing the BSE about its acquisition Opto said that the privately held company is involved in manufacturing medical equipments. It also said that it has signed a non binding letter of Intent (LOI) for the proposed purchase with the target company. Opto is also plannning to raise up to Rs 1,000 crore ($250 million) to fund its acquisitions and retire its debt. The company will seek shareholders approval regarding this at the AGM on September 30.
For FY08, Opto reported net profits of Rs 132.39 crore, up by 80% over revenues of Rs 468 crore. The company has several overeas acquisitions under its belt. Earlier this year it acquired US-based Criticare Systems, a non-invasive medical devices manufacturer, for $70 million. It raised a debt of $52 million for this acquisition. Opto also acquired EuroCOR GmbH of Germany, a company that designs and manufactures various kinds of stents, for around $15 million in 2005. It had also acquired patient monitoring division of Palco Labs, USA in 2003 and renamed the same as MediAid Inc.
Opto has a manufacturing & R&D facility at Electronics City, Bangalore. Opto’s shares are currently trading at Rs 295, nearly half of its 52-week low of Rs 580, and has a market capitalisation of Rs 2900 crore.