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19/10/2010

St. Jude will buy AGA for $1.3 bil

The medical device maker will pay $20.80 a share for AGA Medical (NMS:AGAM), a maker of devices to treat heart defects and vascular problems. St. Jude Medical (NYSE: - ) also will assume $225 mil in debt. St. Jude faces slower demand and increasing pricing pressures in its implantable cardioverter defibrillator and pacemaker markets. Analysts see the market for devices to address structural heart defects topping $2 bil. St. Jude rose 1.6%. AGA shot up 40.7% to 20.70.

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