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Cadent and Align will develop Align's Invisalign software to run on Cadent scanners

Cadent Acquired by Align Technologies for $190 Million


Published in Globes on March 30, 2011


Dental imaging device developer Cadent Holdings Inc. has been acquired by Align Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: ALGN) for $190 million in cash. Based in Carlstadt, New Jersey, and with an R&D center in Or Yehuda, Cadent provides 3D digital scanning solutions for orthodontics and dentistry.


Align estimates that the acquisition of Cadent will reduce its GAAP-based earnings per share in fiscal 2011, and that its non-GAAP earnings per share will be $0.70-0.75, excluding acquisition related costs. Align expects the acquisition to contribute to its net profit in fiscal 2012.


Cadent and Align signed a cooperation agreement on January 2 to jointly develop Align’s Invisalign software applications that will run on Cadent scanners.


Cadent has raised $75 million since it was founded in 1995. Investors include Apax Partners, Pitango Venture Capital, Star Ventures, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, SV Life Sciences, and Fortissimo Capital, which led a $15 million financing round with a $10 million investment in August 2009. Fortissimo will receive $30 million on its stake in Cadent.


Cadent develops products and services for restorative dentistry and orthodontics, including intra-oral scanners. Current treatment involves the use of plaster molds. Cadent’s CAD/CAM scanners enable precise adjustments of bridges, implants, and false teeth. Its products can also show how the mouth will look after the restorative dentistry or implant.


Cadent’s Or Yehuda R&D center employs 70 of the company’s 250 employees.