Syneos Health acquires Kinapse to further enhance end-to-end capabilities
Addition of Market Leading Advisory and Operational Solutions Provider Increases High-Value Offerings and Expands Operational Scale in Key Growth Markets
RALEIGH, N.C. – August 20, 2018 – Syneos Health, Inc. (Nasdaq:SYNH) (“Syneos Health” or “the Company”), a leading biopharmaceutical solutions organization, today announced the acquisition of Kinapse, a market leading advisory and operational solutions provider to the global life sciences industry, from Hg, a specialist investor based in the U.K.
Established in 2005, Kinapse delivers services across the clinical and commercial lifecycle, and will further enhance Syneos Health’s ability to provide customers with end-to-end solutions to accelerate time to market. Kinapse’s capabilities expand Syneos Health’s regulatory, safety and pharmacovigilance consulting and operations in the post-market arena – outsourcing areas expected to experience double-digit growth. Additionally, the acquisition deepens the scale and scope of Syneos Health’s clinical trial transparency, medical writing and quality operations and consulting capabilities in the areas of R&D and clinical operations, medical affairs, market access and quality and compliance.
Kinapse works with small to mid and large biopharmaceutical companies — including many of the top 20 global biopharma companies — and has more than 600 employees across the United Kingdom, India and the United States. The acquisition increases Syneos Health’s Asia Pacific operational and delivery capabilities and doubles the Company’s consulting footprint in Europe. Kinapse operations will be integrated into Syneos Health’s award-winning consulting business, a business which drives connections between Syneos Health’s core clinical and commercial offerings to optimize product launch and commercialization results.
“As customers increasingly face risk, competition and rising development costs, the innovative, technology-enabled solutions provided by Kinapse are seeing increasing demand,” said Alistair Macdonald, Chief Executive Officer of Syneos Health. “Through this combination we continue to inject new and enriched high-value solutions into the industry’s only end-to-end offering, unlocking value for all of our biopharmaceutical customers. Additionally, with Kinapse’s growth, recurring revenue streams and new cross-selling opportunities, we’re poised to further strengthen our Commercial business by integrating their services into more comprehensive offerings.”
“We’ve been following Syneos Health as the Company has forged a new model for accelerating therapies to market, and we look forward to adding further depth to its end-to-end offering. We see growth opportunities driven by the integration of our solutions and the ability to tap into Syneos Health’s broad customer base,” said Dawn Marriott-Sims, Executive Chairman of Kinapse. “On behalf of the Kinapse management team, I want to extend my thanks to our dedicated employees for their tireless work that has made this combination possible, as well as Hg, whose support as an investor has been transformational over the last several years.”
Macdonald added, “This combination is an ideal strategic and cultural fit. We welcome the Kinapse team to the Syneos Health family and look forward to bringing more innovative services to our customers.”
Syneos Health is funding the transaction through cash on hand. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The Company expects the transaction to be accretive to its earnings and remains committed to achieving a net leverage ratio of approximately three times by the end of 2019. The Company reaffirms the 2018 guidance range provided on August 2, 2018.