Syneron Medical, a leading global non-surgical aesthetic device company, and Apax Partners, a leading global private equity advisory firm, recently announced a definitive agreement under which an affiliate of funds advised by Apax Partners will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Syneron Candela in a transaction valued at approximately $397 million. "This acquisition is a strong recognition of Syneron Candela's leadership in the aesthetic medical device market, its leading world-class technology and unique global footprint," says Shimon Eckhouse, M.D., the co-founder and Chairman of Syneron Candela. “These exceptional assets are a result of the many years of hard work of our skillful and dedicated employees all over the world. We are confident that Apax will add significant value and expertise as Syneron Candela executes on its growth strategy while delivering innovative technologies to our customers and patients. I also believe that this transaction represents a positive outcome for our shareholders.” The $11 per share acquisition price represents a 15 percent premium to Syneron Candela's 90-day volume-weighted average closing price through March 31, 2017, and a 33 percent premium to Syneron Candela's 90-day volume-weighted average closing price through February 10, 2017, the last trading day prior to media speculation of a transaction with funds advised by Apax. "We have identified the medical aesthetics market as a highly attractive investment area given its long-term growth prospects,” says Steven Dyson, partner and co-head of Healthcare at Apax Partners. “Syneron Candela is very well positioned to capture this opportunity, with its highly diversified geographic footprint, broad and market-leading products portfolio, exceptional R&D capabilities and cutting-edge technology. We are looking forward to partnering with the Syneron Candela team to continue its strong growth trajectory, and to seeing the even greater benefits it can deliver for customers and patients." The merger agreement includes a "go-shop" period which ends on May 9, 2017. During this period, Syneron Candela, with the assistance of Barclays, will actively solicit, evaluate, and potentially enter into negotiations with respect to alternative proposals from third parties. There can be no assurance that this process will result in receipt of a superior offer or that any other transactions may be approved or consummated. Syneron Candela does not intend to disclose developments about this process unless and until its board has made a decision with respect to any potential superior proposal.