Word on the street has been that Cardo Medical has performed due diligence on US Spine and
issued a letter of intent to acquire US Spine. Does anyone wonder if there is some connection between Paul Sendro and the powers to be at Cardo? Could this be another femme fatale, hypnotizing a company and its executives who have no spine experience whatsoever? At best Cardo is a "cherry" in the spine industry, meaning they need some real battle scars. Wouldn't it be better for Cardo to focus on its core business, than risk another acquisition? But what is their core business? Knees? One has to wonder if Cardo is truly interested in building a multi-dimensional company, or influencing its stock price? This is another company that cannot get out of its own way. Even if Vertebron was a steal, at best, they acquired a cervical plate because the Vertebron pedicle screw was and is a horse hobbling on three legs (hopefully they took it out to pasture and put it out of its misery), along with some mediocre IP. Whether they would know what to do with another spine acquisition is questionable at best. Hobnobbing in Beverly Hills is a lot different than running a company. Are we potentially witnessing a merger and acquisition boom in the industry? If I am US Spine, remember what Steve Miller said, "Take the money and run!!!!!!!"
Supposedly, the other rumor is that Amedica was evaluating its options for an acquisition. Yet, upon performing due diligence on multiple early growth stage companies, supposedly they decided to take a pass. With Bobby Buttrell's former ties to Feel Like a Million Lew , in all likelihood they evaluated the potential of a Custom Spine acquisition only to walk away shaking their heads. It's not a question that they weren't interested, it was probably the delusional valuation that made them laugh. You know what they say, if you drink enough of your own kool-aid or is it smoke enough of your own hookah, you start to behave like Timothy Leary. Besides, wasn't the Big A looking to utilize its silicon nitride for recon applications? If their product is that good, why waste your time in the spine sector where the market opportunities are much smaller than in general ortho?
To quote Sly Stone, "End of the Spring and here she comes back, Hi, Hi, Hi there, them Summer days, those Summer days, That's when I had most of my fun, back high, high, high high there, them summer days, those summer days." So as we approach the beginning of another summer let's see what transpires with some of these companies, help may be on its way. TSB wants to know what our readers have heard.