Orthopedic company Wright Medical Group (NASDAQ:WMGI) has announced plans to acquire French orthopedic extremities company Biotech International for an offer of up to $80 million. The buyout transaction is expected to close in Q4 of 2013.

Upon closing the transaction, Biotech's operations are likely not to change significantly. Wright expects the merger will broaden its sales presence in the French foot and ankle product market. Biotech will also spin off its dental branch into its own company as a result of the acquisition.

Wright's president and chief executive officer, Robert Palmisano, says the company plans "to utilize Biotech's strong direct sales channel inĀ FranceĀ and established distributor presence in emerging markets to extend the reach of our international distribution network and further accelerate growth opportunities in our global Extremities business."

As of the market's close on October 16, Wright Medical's stock was trading at $27.42 per share. The company's stock has risen 30.6% since the start of 2013.


Fool contributor Caroline Bennett has no position in any stocks mentioned, and neither does The Motley Fool. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.