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What: Shares of China-based orthopedic implant manufacturer China Kanghui Holdings
So what: China Kanghui, which makes implants specifically designed for trauma, the spine, and joint reconstruction, agreed to be purchased for $816 million, including debt, or $30.75 a share -- a 22.5% premium to yesterday's closing price. For Medtronic, the deal is expected to be earnings neutral in both 2013 and 2014 despite the fact that China Kanghui's sales rose by 35% last year.
Now what: Today's move really isn't that surprising because Medtronic has made no secret about wanting to make acquisitions in emerging markets to drive growth. China Kanghui will allow Medtronic to expand its presence in China, although the price, about 27 times China Kanghui's forward earnings, seems a bit steep to me.
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