Linden Capital Partners and Audax Private Equity have acquired McKinney, Texas-based StatLab, a maker of consumables, reagents, and equipment used by anatomic pathology, molecular diagnostics, and other laboratories. No financial terms were disclosed. Cain Brothers, a division of KeyBanc Capital Markets, served as financial advisor to Linden and Audax while Robert W. Baird & Co. served as financial advisor to StatLab
Chicago, IL and Boston, MA (January 12, 2021) – Linden Capital Partners (“Linden”) and Audax Private Equity (“Audax”), two leading middle-market private equity firms, announced today the acquisition of StatLab Medical Products (“StatLab” or the “Company”). Founded in 1976 and headquartered in McKinney, Texas, StatLab is a leading manufacturer and distributor of consumables, reagents, and equipment used by anatomic pathology, molecular diagnostics, and other laboratories.
Joe Bernardo, Operating Partner at Linden, has been appointed Executive Chairman of StatLab and will join the Board of Directors. Mr. Bernardo brings valuable experience to StatLab after spending over 25 years with premier diagnostics organizations, including Thermo Fisher Scientific, Siemens Healthcare, and Abbott Laboratories. “We are delighted to partner with StatLab to build upon its reputation derived from decades of providing high quality products and service. The Company has a unique opportunity to expand its customer base and suite of consumables and equipment offerings over the next several years,” said Mr. Bernardo.
Michael Karsonovich, Operating Advisor at Linden, has been appointed CEO of StatLab and will also join the Board. Mr. Karsonovich has extensive experience across anatomic pathology and diagnostics, having previously held executive positions at Thermo Fisher Scientific in their Fisher HealthCare, Temperature Control and Slides, and Specialty Glass businesses.
“I am honored by the opportunity to contribute to this organization and am excited to work with the talented team at StatLab. I also want to thank Dan Eckert for his outstanding leadership of the StatLab team for the last three years,” noted Mr. Karsonovich. “Moreover, I look forward to partnering with Linden and Audax, who share my vision to build upon, invest in, and accelerate the growth of StatLab,” added Mr. Karsonovich.
“StatLab has established itself as a leader in anatomic pathology consumables and a reliable partner to laboratory and OEM customers. Linden’s investment in StatLab builds upon our prior experience in the diagnostics sector, and we look forward to leveraging that experience to support the Company’s next phase of growth,” said Kam Shah, Partner at Linden.
David Wong, Managing Director at Audax, added, “We commend StatLab’s management team on building an extraordinary business, one that has been resilient despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Company is now well positioned to continue to grow both organically and through strategic acquisitions.”
In addition to Joe Bernardo and Michael Karsonovich, Gary Knight, Operating Advisor to Audax and former VP of Strategy & Corporate Development at VWR, Brian Miller of Linden and Keith Palumbo of Audax will join StatLab’s Board of Directors. Dan Eckert will remain on the Board.
Ropes & Gray LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal advisors to Linden and Audax, and Cain Brothers, a division of KeyBanc Capital Markets, served as exclusive financial advisor. Robert W. Baird & Co. served as financial advisor to StatLab. Golub Capital provided debt financing for the transaction.
About StatLab Medical Products
StatLab Medical Products is leading the way in development and manufacturing of high-quality histology, cytology and immunohistochemistry diagnostic products. The Company partners with anatomic pathology, molecular diagnostics, and other laboratories to provide over 5,000 diagnostic products and equipment, delivered with expert support. For more information, please visit www.statlab.com.
About Linden Capital Partners
Linden Capital Partners is a Chicago-based private equity firm focused exclusively on the healthcare industry. Founded in 2004, Linden is one of the country’s largest dedicated healthcare private equity firms. Linden’s strategy is based upon three elements: (i) healthcare specialization, (ii) integrated private equity and operating expertise, and (iii) its differentiated human capital program. Linden invests in middle market platforms in the medical products, specialty distribution, pharmaceutical, and services segments of healthcare. Since its founding, Linden has invested more than $2 billion in healthcare companies and has raised nearly $3 billion of commitments, augmented by capital provided by the firm’s limited partners for larger transactions. For more information, please visit www.lindenllc.com.
About Audax Private Equity
Audax Group is a leading alternative investment manager with offices in Boston, New York, and San Francisco. Since its founding in 1999, the firm has raised over $27 billion in capital across its Private Equity and Private Debt businesses. Audax Private Equity has invested over $6 billion in more than 135 platforms and over 900 add-on companies, and is currently investing out of its $3.5 billion, sixth private equity fund. 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. With more than 250 employees and over 100 investment professionals, the firm is a leading capital partner for North American middle market companies. For more information, visit the Audax Group website www.audaxgroup.com.