Volcano Corp. Is Likely To Be Acquired Soon - Here Is Why Print E-mail
By Michael Kovar and Scott Matusow   
Friday, 13 June 2014 08:38
The company we believe is close to being acquired for a nice premium is Volcano Corp. (VOLC). Volcano Corp. designs, develops, manufactures and commercializes a broad suite of precision guided therapy tools, including intravascular ultrasound and fractional flow reserve products. The company's intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) offerings are used by clinicians to measure the stage and severity of disease present in cardiac and peripheral vessels. IVUS is also used in post-stent placement procedures to confirm adequate expansion of the stent and full apposition to the vessel wall. Volcano also provides functional measurement (FM) consoles and single-use pressure and flow guide wires, which are used to gauge the impact of arterial plaque on blood flow and pressure.

Currently, more than 3,900 Volcano s5/s5i IVUS and FM systems are installed worldwide, with approximately half of its revenues coming from outside the United States. The company is located in San Diego, CA, and had sales in 2013 approaching $400 million.

Volcano has been the focus of an activist investor who has had success in encouraging takeovers in the past. We will look at some of the clues that indicate a takeover may be close, as well as comparing with other takeovers, mainly ones we have closely followed and written on.



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