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Conmed Announces Definitive Agreement To Acquire Surgiquest, Inc

The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.

Significantly bolsters CONMEDs Advanced Surgical portfolio

Utica, New York, November 16, 2015 CONMED Corporation (NASDAQ: CNMD)

today announced a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held SurgiQuest, Inc. (SurgiQuest) for $265 million on a cash-free, debt-free basis. The transaction will be financed through a combination of cash and borrowings under a new credit facility. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of U.S. regulatory approval, and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.

Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Milford, Connecticut, SurgiQuest develops, manufactures, and markets the AirSeal

System (AirSeal), the first integrated access management technology for use in laparoscopic and robotic procedures. AirSeal consists of a valve-free trocar with continuous pressure sensing and an integrated insufflator and smoke evacuator. AirSeal has been used in more than 250,000 procedures worldwide. Published clinical data demonstrates that AirSeal leads to shorter procedure times and reduced post-operative pain.

Revitalizing the Advanced Surgical business is a key element of our general surgery strategy, and this transformative acquisition uniquely bolsters the progress we have made. The AirSeal

System is a highly differentiated technology which is fast becoming the standard of care in laparoscopic and robotic surgery where it delivers benefits for the patient, the surgeon, and the hospital. We are very excited to add it to our growing Advanced Surgical portfolio, commented Curt R. Hartman, President and Chief Executive Officer of CONMED. We congratulate and welcome SurgiQuests talented management and its scientific and sales teams to CONMED. We look forward to joining forces once the transaction closes and providing industry leading technologies to our global customer base.

Kurt Azarbarzin, SurgiQuests Founder and Chief Executive Officer, added, We are excited to become part of CONMED. We believe that the combination of our organizations salesforces, the addition of our research and development expertise, as well as our keen focus on innovation, will enable us to expand our collective market share and to provide distinctively better solutions that improve both the doctor and patient experience.

Mr. Azarbarzin will join CONMED as Chief Technology Officer of the Advanced Surgical business. He will report to Bill Peters, Vice President and General Manager of Advanced Surgical.

Financial Highlights

Based on the anticipated date of closing, CONMED does not expect the acquisition to have a material impact on fiscal year 2015 operating results. In fiscal year 2016, the acquisition is expected to add $55 to $60 million to the Companys revenue. Further, the Company projects net cost savings will approximate $15 million per year.

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