6-13-18 8:56 AM EDT | Email Article
By Aisha Al-Muslim 

Medical-technology company Stryker Corp. said Wednesday it is not in discussions with Boston Scientific Corp. regarding a potential takeover.

On Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported Stryker had made a takeover approach to Boston Scientific, a move that would create a medical-device giant and would be the latest effort to consolidate a corner of the health-care industry that has produced a raft of large deals lately.

Stryker said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday it doesn't typically comment on these matters, but it chose to respond following market speculation about a possible deal for Boston Scientific.

The Journal reported it wasn't clear how receptive Boston Scientific was to a deal, and that there was no guarantee the deal would be consummated. Boston Scientific said in a statement after the Journal reported on the advance Monday that it was aware of the report but declined to comment.

Stryker, based in Kalamazoo, Mich., is one of the largest makers of knee- and hip-replacement parts, competing with companies including Johnson & Johnson and Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc.

Boston Scientific, based in Marlborough, Mass., is one of the largest makers of heart devices such as pacemakers and artery-opening stents, competing with Medtronic and Abbott Laboratories. It develops devices used in diagnosing and treating coronary artery disease, heart monitoring and a broad range of gastrointestinal and pulmonary conditions. The company also makes non-heart devices such as endoscopes, a type of surgical camera.

Stryker's shares rose more than 10% in premarket trading Wednesday. Boston Scientific's stock fell 2.1%.

Write to Aisha Al-Muslim at aisha.al-muslim@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

June 13, 2018 08:56 ET (12:56 GMT)

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