Sunday, March 13, 2011

Viasys’ acquisition of Intermed Precision Limited

On November 3, 2005, Viasys acquired all of the outstanding capital stock of Intermed Precision Limited (“Intermed”) for a cash purchase price of $10,717,000, including expenditures associated with the acquisition.

Intermed is based in Ireland and develops and supplies orthopedic instruments, implants, and micro-machined components used in minimally invasive surgical devices. The business also provides a comprehensive range of services including design, prototyping, regulatory assistance, precision machining of metals and plastics, surface treatments, and assembly. The Company believed the acquisition provided access to new markets by expanding its Original Equipment Manufacturing (“OEM”) product line into overseas markets, resulting in a purchase price exceeding the fair value of identifiable net assets.

The excess purchase price of $8,154,000 has been recorded as goodwill. The cost of the acquisition was allocated to the assets and liabilities assumed based on estimates of their respective fair values at the date of the acquisition. Management is responsible for the valuation of net assets acquired, including in-process research and development and considered a number of factors, including valuations and appraisals, when estimating the fair market values and estimated useful lives of the acquired assets and liabilities.

Intermed has been assigned to the Company’s Orthopedics segment.

The Company has allocated the purchase price for the acquisition as follows (in thousands):

Cash and cash equivalents


Accounts receivable




Property, plant and equipment


Prepaid expenses


Other current assets




Customer relationships


Accounts payable and other current liabilities

Non-current deferred income taxes

Long term liabilities


Net Assets Acquired


Next Formula One farce: 4 cylinder engines!


The FIA's World Motor Sport Council has approved new regulations which will see the 2.4 litre V8s currently used by Formula One teams replaced by 4 (four!) cylinder 1.6 litre engines from 2013.

What I just won't understand is: WHY 4?!? A 3 cylinder would sound better than a 4 cylinder! Why don't they add 1 and make it an awsome 5 cylinder?

Listen to this and see the difference (Honda 1.6 4 banger vs. the legendary Audi 5 pot):

Same 5 cylinder engines in different bodies:

IMSA Audi (1989)


Tricone Bit