YORK, PA (USA)/SALZBURG (AUSTRIA), February 29, 2016 – Dentsply Sirona Inc. (NASDAQ: XRAY) today announced that it has successfully completed the merger of equals between DENTSPLY International Inc. (“Dentsply”) and Sirona Dental Systems, Inc. (“Sirona”). The merger of DENTSPLY, the market leader in dental consumables and Sirona, the market leader in dental technology and equipment, creates the world’s largest and most diversified manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies. Dentsply Sirona will have leading positions and some of the most well-established brands across consumables, equipment, technology, and specialty products to address the needs of dental professionals, specialists and dental labs. Each day, approximately 600,000 dental professionals will use a Dentsply Sirona product. With the largest R&D platform in the industry, Dentsply Sirona will develop and support innovative end-to-end clinical solutions that advance patient care.
Total Solution Provider
By combining DENTSPLY’s consumables platform with Sirona’s technology and equipment, the new company offers more products and integrated solutions than any other dental organization. Dentsply Sirona’s wide array of products for dental professionals and labs enable the treatment of general and specialty procedures including implantology, endodontics, and orthodontics. With the broadest clinical education platform in the industry, the company is driving the adoption of new and approved technology and integrated solutions for more efficient workflows. Customer service and satisfaction will remain a key value to the new company and will be supported by the industry largest sales and service infrastructure comprised of direct sales and leading distributors.
Two Innovation Drivers Coming Together
The merger unites the two leading innovators in dental, each with over 100 years of experience. Combined, Dentsply Sirona will have largest and strongest R&D platform with over 600 experienced scientists and engineers to foster the development of better, safer and faster dental care. With its enhanced commitment to innovation, the company will advance patient care, improve the patient experience and reduce chair time for procedures.
Jeffrey T. Slovin, Chief Executive Officer of Dentsply Sirona comments: “With our merger complete, Dentsply Sirona can now focus its efforts on empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer and faster dental care. As The Dental Solutions CompanyTM, we will drive long-term growth by being uniquely positioned to deliver innovative solutions and support our customers with the broadest product portfolio and the largest sales and service infrastructure in the industry. Dentsply Sirona will continue to be at the forefront of the digitization of dentistry, single visit dentistry and improving clinical outcomes for patients around the world.”
Great results are a combination of the right tools and the right skills. Dentsply Sirona offers the largest clinical education platform in the industry – the goal is to equip dental professionals with everything they need: from the best available products to expert-led clinical education to support the use of these products and services to improve patient care and treatment outcomes. Bret W. Wise, Executive Chairman of Dentsply Sirona, adds: “This is a transformational day for Dentsply Sirona and the entire dental market. Our unparalleled offering of some of the most trusted brands in consumables, equipment and technology makes Dentsply Sirona the partner of choice to dental professionals and labs today. With an unmatched commitment to investing in research, product development and clinical education, Dentsply Sirona will advance patient care and improve oral health on a global scale for years to come.”
DENTSPLY and Sirona completed their merger on February 29, 2016. Shares of Sirona will be halted from trading prior to the open of the NASDAQ stock market and will cease trading effective at the close of business today. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Sirona shareholders are entitled to receive 1.8142 shares of Dentsply Sirona for each existing Sirona share.