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Audax to sell Laborie Medical to affiliate of Investor AB

U.S. private equity firm Audax Private Equity has agreed to sell Canada’s Laborie Medical Technologies Inc to Patricia Industries, a subsidiary of Sweden’s Investor AB. No financial terms were disclosed. Founded in 1967, Mississauga, Ontario-based Laborie is a provider of medical devices for urological, pelvic health and gastrointestinal applications. The company was acquired by Audax in July 2012. Since then, Laborie has completed 14 add-on acquisitions to expand product lines and enter global markets, Audax said. Laborie said it will continue growing as part of Patricia Industries, which makes control investments in private companies on behalf of Investor AB.

PRESS RELEASE

Audax Private Equity Announces Sale of Laborie Medical Technologies

August 19, 2016

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE) – Audax Private Equity (“Audax”), together with its co-investors and management of Laborie Medical Technologies (“Laborie” or the “Company”), has entered into an agreement to sell Laborie to Patricia Industries, a part of Investor AB.

Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Laborie Medical Technologies is a leading global provider of innovative medical devices for urological, pelvic health and gastrointestinal applications. The company’s products are used in the diagnosis and treatment of urinary incontinence and other urological and GI conditions. Laborie supplies physician offices, hospitals, and mobile providers on six continents. Since Audax’ initial investment in 2012, Laborie has completed 14 acquisitions to expand product lines and enter international markets.

Geoffrey Rehnert, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Audax Group said, “Brian Ellacott and the entire Laborie team have done an extraordinary job transforming the Company through add-on acquisitions and product development from a manufacturer of capital equipment for urodynamic testing into a fully-integrated medical device company with a market-leading position in urology and a rapidly growing gastroenterology business. We are proud of the shared accomplishment and wish Laborie continued success with its new partner.”

Brian Ellacott, CEO of Laborie said, “Audax was a tremendously valuable partner to Laborie. Together we executed a transformational growth strategy which included 14 add-on acquisitions. We are excited to continue growing Laborie in partnership with Patricia Industries.”

Jefferies LLC and Harris Williams & Co. served as exclusive financial advisors to Laborie and Audax. Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Stikeman Elliott LLP served as legal advisors to Laborie and Audax.

ABOUT LABORIE MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES

Laborie is an industry-leading manufacturer and supplier of pelvic health and gastrointestinal medical equipment and consumables. Since its founding in 1967, Laborie has been committed to delivering innovative, complete solutions that provide better diagnostics and treatment outcomes to patients worldwide.

ABOUT AUDAX PRIVATE EQUITY

Since its founding in 1999, Audax Private Equity has been focused on building leading middle market companies. Audax has invested over $3.5 billion in 99 platform and 498 add-on companies. Through its disciplined Buy & Build approach, Audax seeks to help platform companies execute add-on acquisitions that fuel revenue growth, optimize operations, and significantly increase equity value. Audax Private Equity is an integral part of Audax Group, an alternative asset management firm specializing in investments in middle market companies. With offices in Boston, New York, and Menlo Park, Audax Group has over $10 billion in assets under management across its Private Equity, Mezzanine, and Senior Debt businesses. For more information, visit the Audax Group website www.audaxgroup.com.

ABOUT PATRICIA INDUSTRIES AND INVESTOR AB

Patricia Industries, a part of Investor AB, makes control investments in best-in-class companies with strong market positions, brands and corporate cultures within industries positioned for secular growth. Its ambition is to be the sole owner of our companies, together with strong management teams and boards. Patricia Industries invests with an indefinite holding period, and focuses on building durable value and capturing organic and non-organic growth opportunities.

Investor AB, founded by the Wallenberg family a hundred years ago, is the leading owner of high quality Nordic-based international companies. Through board participation, its industrial experience, network and financial strength, Investor AB strives to make its companies best-in class. Its holdings include, among others, Atlas Copco, SEB, ABB, Ericsson and Mölnlycke Health Care.

Contacts
Audax Group
Geoffrey Rehnert, 617-859-1503
Co-Chief Executive Officer
or
Laborie Medical Technologies
Brian Ellacott, 905-612-1170
CEO

Photo courtesy of Laborie Medical Technologies Inc