Bausch Health Plans IPO of Solta Medical Aesthetics Unit


Pursuing an IPO of the Solta business is intended to enable the Company to pay down debt.

Bausch Health Companies Inc. is planning to pursue an initial public offering (IPO) of its Solta Medical business.

Solta’s portfolio includes the Thermage RF systems, Fraxel laser, Clear + Brilliant laser and VASER ultrasonic systems.

The timing of the anticipated IPO, which will be tied to certain conditions and approvals and the Company's completion of several important actions, is anticipated to occur in the fourth quarter of 2021 or first half of 2022, subject to market conditions.

Solta, which is currently reported as part of the Ortho Dermatologics segment, had 2020 revenues of $253 million and a revenue CAGR of 32 percent (2017-2020).

In related news,  Scott A. Hirsch has been appointed chief executive officer of Solta by the Board of Bausch Health. Mr. Hirsch joined Bausch Health in 2016 and currently serves as president, Ortho Dermatologics and OraPharma and as Chief Strategy Officer. He joined Bausch Health from Citadel Investment Group, where he oversaw equity investments and risk management decisions within the Health Care sector at Surveyor Capital.

Mr. Paul S. Herendeen will serve as chairman of Solta effective upon the IPO. Mr. Herendeen joined Bausch Health as executive vice president and Chief Financial Officer in 2016 and served in that capacity until June 2021 when he was appointed Advisor to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Pursuing an IPO of the Solta business is intended to enable the Company to pay down debt, which is an important step in the previously announced spinoff of the Bausch + Lomb eye health business from Bausch Pharma, and unlock the value of this high-growth business and give Bausch Pharma ownership of a valuable financial asset that would compare more favorably to other medical aesthetic companies.

Bausch Health will need to take several steps to facilitate the IPO. There are several important internal and external considerations, approvals and conditions that will drive the ultimate timing and structure of any transaction, including, but not limited to, consideration of one-time costs; capital market conditions; determination of the pro forma capitalization of Solta; finalization of employment terms with certain key personnel; and compliance with U.S. securities laws and stock exchange rules. Many of these considerations, approvals and conditions will be influenced by and/or be dependent on the specific structure that is ultimately selected.

Davis, Polk & Wardwell in the United States and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt in Canada are acting as lead legal counsels.

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