MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wright Medical Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WMGI) today announced the closing of the transaction to divest its OrthoRecon business to MicroPort Scientific Corporation (HK: 0853) and its affiliates. The closing of the transaction occurred on January 9, 2014.
Robert Palmisano, president and chief executive officer of Wright Medical, stated, “With the divestiture of our OrthoRecon business, Wright’s transition to a high-growth, pure play global Extremities and Biologics company is complete. We will now be able to devote our full resources and attention towards accelerating growth opportunities in this area, including improving sales productivity, extending the global reach and penetration of our products in key international markets, pursuing targeted new business development opportunities, and improving gross margin and EBITDA. We believe this will enhance our ability to create significant shareholder value.”
As a result of closing this transaction, the company plans to provide additional details regarding the financial impact of the transaction and 2014 financial guidance on its fourth quarter 2013 conference call, which is currently scheduled for February 24, 2014.
About Wright Medical
Wright Medical Group, Inc. is a specialty orthopaedic company that provides extremity and biologic solutions that enable clinicians to alleviate pain and restore their patients’ lifestyles. The company is the recognized leader of surgical solutions for the foot and ankle market, one of the fastest growing segments in medical technology, and markets its products in over 60 countries worldwide. For more information about Wright Medical, visit www.wmt.com.
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