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Corporate Finance: Medical Devices Hold Both Long and Short Investment Interest


PriceWaterhouseCoopers estimates that 10.7% of all corporate deals in the first half of 2006 came from the medical device sector, making it the third most active industry in the nation.

According to Merrill Lynch, St. Jude Medical and Zimmer Holdings stand out in the industry. Both have experienced recent lows, but are strong for long-term investments. And as a whole, devices have better performance numbers than most companies on the S&P 500 index.

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The medtech sector is going through a transition as it faces maturing product cycles and reimbursement pressures. This is likely to lead to consolidation in the industry. These dynamics will create both long and short opportunities.

—Paul Hains, managing director
for Cinnabar Equities

Medical device market size for selected countries (total: $220 billion).

The top 40 public medical manufacturers worldwide, ranked by trailing 12 months (TTM) revenues. Source: Bloomberg.

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