May 2, 2019

3M boosts health care rep with Acelity purchase

3M has agreed to buy Acelity, a San Antonio-based wound care products company that recently filed to go public, for $6.7 billion from Apax Partners, CPP Investment Board and PSP Investments.

Why it matters: This is a high-priced reminder that 3M has become much more than Scotch Tape and Post-it notes, with health care already accounting for 18% of its $32 billion in annual revenue. Acelity will only add to that, with a top-line of nearly $1.5 billion last year.

What's next: Expect Acelity to pull its IPO registration, which it had submitted last month as KCI Holdings.

"The consortium had been working with Acelity and KCI since 2011 on a strategic mergers and acquisition program that included targeted acquisitions, such as Systagenix in 2013 and Crawford Healthcare in 2018, and disposals of non-core businesses, such as the LifeCell business unit, which was sold for $2.9 billion in 2017."
Colin Kellaher, the Wall Street Journal

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Pelosi warns U.S. allies against working with China's Huawei

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday cautioned U.S. allies against allowing Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to develop their 5G networks, arguing at the Munich Security Conference that doing so is akin to “choosing autocracy over democracy," CNBC reports.

Why it matters: Pelosi's hawkish stance marks a rare area of agreement with the Trump administration, which believes Huawei is a national security threat because the Chinese government may be capable of accessing its equipment for espionage.

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Judge sets "scheduling" conference call ahead of Roger Stone sentencing

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U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has requested a Feb. 18 "scheduling" conference call in the Roger Stone case, two days before the former Trump associate is set to be sentenced.

Why it matters: Stone's defense team on Friday filed a sealed motion for a new trial — the second time they've done so — amid allegations of juror bias and a growing controversy over Attorney General Bill Barr's intervention in the case.

Biden says Bloomberg's money can't "erase" his record

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Former Vice President Joe Biden said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that Michael Bloomberg's vast fortune cannot "erase" his record, and that scrutiny of Bloomberg's positions on things like race and policing will ramp up now that he's in the national spotlight.

Why it matters: Biden's polling free fall in the wake of poor performances in Iowa and New Hampshire has coincided with a surge for Bloomberg, who appeals to a similar moderate bloc of the Democratic Party. The billionaire's limitless spending capacity poses an especially stark threat to Biden, who has struggled with fundraising.