November 5, 2018 / 6:26 PM / 8 days ago

Medtech group Medacta readies Swiss IPO next year - sources

ZURICH/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Swiss medical technology company Medacta is preparing to float on the SIX Swiss Exchange in spring next year, three people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Credit Suisse (CSGN.S) and Morgan Stanley (MS.N) are leading the deal with the help of JP Morgan (JPM.N) and UBS (UBSG.S), the sources said.

The company was not immediately available for comment and the banks all declined comment.

Family-owned Medacta generates annual sales of around 300 million Swiss francs, one of the people said. The company based in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino will likely float just a minority stake at first.

Medacta, which employs 930 people, develops and manufactures orthopaedic implants for knees and spines. Another Swiss implant group, Basel-based Medartis (MEDA.S), was valued at 563 million Swiss francs when it went public in March.

Medacta’s higher profitability should give it a significantly higher market capitalisation, the sources said.

Swiss trainmaker Stadler is also in the starting blocks for a Swiss listing next year.

The Swiss market for flotations is likely to slow next year after 10 new listings so far in 2018, of which six were initial public offerings (IPOs).

“IPOs only work now for companies with crisis-proof business models,” one source said, noting investors had become much more selective given market fluctuations.

Reporting by Oliver Hirt and Arno Schuetze, Editing by Michael Shields

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