Owens & Minor Inc. (NYSE: OMI) has agreed to buy Halyard Health Inc.'s (NYSE: HYH) surgical and infection prevention business for about $710 million. The acquisition will expand the buyer's portfolio of branded healthcare and medical products.

The target supplies surgical gowns, sterilization wraps, and medical gloves under the Aeroblue, Aerochrome, One-Step, Quick Check and Smart-Fold brands. Halyard says the the divestiture is part of the company's strategy to become a pure-play medical device company. Halyard will use the sale proceeds to invest in other M&A opportunities. Halyard is located in Alpharetta, Georgia, and makes medical devices that are mostly used for pain management, such a respiratory pumps.

“In today’s rapidly changing healthcare industry, Owens & Minor is taking aggressive steps to strengthen and diversify our business model, and this transaction supports and enhances our ability to execute our strategy and provides significant opportunities for growth," says Owens & Minor CEO Cody Phipps. In 2017, Owens & Minor agreed to acquire medical supply distributor Byram Healthcare. Owens & Minor is a Richmond, Virgina-based healthcare logistics provider.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) and Lazard Ltd. (NYSE: LAZ) are giving Owens & Minor financial advice. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Hyman,Phelps & McNamara P.C. and Eversheds Sutherland are providing legal advice. Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and Alston & Bird LLP are advising Halyard.

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Demitri Diakantonis

Demitri Diakantonis

Demitri Diakantonis joined SourceMedia in 2015 and serves as Assistant Managing Editor of Mergers & Acquisitions and writes The Buyside column about corporate dealmaking, and also covers the consumer sector.