Bausch & Lomb takes a haircut

If investors had hoped that the biggest medtech IPO for over a year could defy market sentiment, they were in for a disappointment. Bausch & Lomb, spun off from its parent Bausch Health, raised just $630m today – missing its target figure by more than $200m. Despite being profitable Bausch & Lomb was forced to price its shares $20% lower than its preannounced range. This is the latest chapter in the eye care company’s turbulent history: it is in fact returning to the New York exchange, having been listed there for half a century before being taken private by Warburg Pincus for $4.5bn in 2007. Warburg sold it to Valeant Pharmaceuticals six years later for $8.7bn. Valeant changed its name to Bausch Health in 2018 in an effort to shake off accusations of price-gouging and sharp accounting practices, and today owns 90% of Bausch & Lomb. Perhaps Bausch & Lomb is lucky to get away at all in such a volatile market – it is notable that the deal is only the third listing of a medtech company this year. Still, its current valuation of around $6.3bn means that the parent group has lost out in a major way. 

2022's medtech IPOs so far
Date Company Focus Amount raised ($m) Premium/
Feb 16 Meihua International Medical Technologies General & plastic surgery 36 0% Nasdaq
Apr 27 Tenon Medical Orthopaedics 16 0% Nasdaq
May 6 Bausch & Lomb  Ophthalmology 630 -20% NYSE
Source: Evaluate Medtech.

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