ATLANTA, March 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CryoLife, Inc. , an implantable biological medical device and cardiovascular tissue processing company, announced today that it has sent a letter to Medafor shareholders, which is included below.
CryoLife is being advised by Leerink Swann, LLC as financial advisors.
Important Information for Medafor Shareholders
March 10, 2010
Dear Fellow Medafor Shareholder:
In their communications to Medafor shareholders, Medafor's management and board have repeatedly mischaracterized CryoLife's motives for filing a lawsuit against Medafor as well as our reasons for proposing to acquire Medafor for $2.00 per share in a combination of cash and CryoLife stock. I would like to take this opportunity to set the record straight.
CryoLife filed a lawsuit against Medafor to protect its rights and the rights of its shareholders after discovering several misrepresentations and encountering repeated failures on the part of Medafor management to honor commitments under the exclusive distribution agreement ("EDA") Medafor entered into with CryoLife. CryoLife attempted to resolve its differences with Medafor in a constructive manner via numerous in-person meetings and written communications. Each time we urged Medafor to address its misrepresentations and breaches of the EDA and to adhere to the EDA's terms going forward. We viewed litigation as a last resort and only filed our lawsuit, for among other things, breach of contract, fraud and negligent misrepresentations and violations of the Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, after it became clear that Medafor management was either unwilling or unable to take appropriate action to address Medafor's numerous violations of the EDA.
Specifically, Medafor's misrepresentations and violations of the EDA relate to and include selling directly and indirectly into CryoLife's territories and fields, agreeing to provide exclusive territories to CryoLife despite having conflicting agreements already in place with other distributors (after denying there were conflicting agreements in place), failing to protect the intellectual property behind HemoStase and failing to pursue regulatory approval for HemoStase in other markets around the world, as required by the EDA. Unfortunately, all of our attempts to resolve our differences with Medafor were unsuccessful, and Medafor persisted in violating the EDA. Regardless of the outcome of our proposal to acquire Medafor, we will pursue enforcement of the EDA to the fullest extent. CryoLife believes that Medafor's compliance with the EDA is in the best interest of Medafor shareholders.
While Medafor has claimed that CryoLife's lawsuit is an attempt to pressure Medafor into selling the company, this is simply untrue. In fact, CryoLife's offer to acquire Medafor was initially motivated in large part by a desire to avoid costly litigation. Of course, as we have said before, we continue to believe that a combination of the two companies would create value for both CryoLife and Medafor shareholders.
To ensure that Medafor shareholders are fully informed, we have created a new section on our Web site that provides information concerning the events leading up to the lawsuit and the steps CryoLife took in order to try to avoid litigation. We encourage shareholders to review the information, which is located at http://www.cryolife.com/medaforoffer/litigationoverview.
As Medafor's largest shareholder and largest customer, CryoLife cannot be passive as Medafor's board and management continue to damage the value of HemoStase's underlying technology and the value of Medafor's shares. If the existing management team and board continue to pursue their current policies, CryoLife believes Medafor shareholders have the following to look forward to:
In previous letters we have detailed the financial strength, experienced management team, strong direct sales force and international distribution network that CryoLife would bring to Medafor. We believe that we are best positioned to drive additional growth of HemoStase and related products. Simply put, CryoLife will be a better steward of the product and help create more value for Medafor shareholders.
As evidenced by our most recent earnings release, CryoLife has demonstrated consistent financial strength and is well positioned to continue to create significant value for its shareholders. While Medafor talks of its "financial success" and notes that it has raised capital, as discussed above, it has been unable to produce audited 2009 financial results and has not provided any detail on the amount or terms of its most recent dilutive capital raise, if there was one. As Medafor's largest shareholder and on behalf of all Medafor shareholders, CryoLife requests that Medafor management and the board produce audited financial statements for 2009 as soon as possible.
With a timely review of audited financials, all Medafor shareholders will be able to understand Medafor's true financial situation. Based on the failure of Medafor to provide shareholders with current information and our belief that Medafor does not have the necessary capital to maximize the potential of its technology and address competitive challenges in the hemostatic market, CryoLife feels further shareholder dilution is on the way.
Steven G. Anderson
Founder, CEO and President
This letter is provided for informational purposes only and is not an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of offers to sell shares of Medafor or CryoLife. Subject to future developments, CryoLife may file a registration statement and/or tender offer documents and/or proxy statement with the SEC in connection with the proposed combination of the two companies. Shareholders should read those filings, and any other filings made by CryoLife with the SEC in connection with the combination, as they will contain important information. Those documents, if and when filed, as well as CryoLife's other public filings with the SEC, may be obtained without charge at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov and at CryoLife's website at www.cryolife.com.
About CryoLife, Inc.
Founded in 1984, CryoLife, Inc. is a leader in the processing and distribution of implantable living human tissues for use in cardiac and vascular surgeries throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Company's CryoValve(R) SG pulmonary heart valve, processed using CryoLife's proprietary SynerGraft(R) technology, has FDA 510(k) clearance for the replacement of diseased, damaged, malformed, or malfunctioning native or prosthetic pulmonary valves. The Company's CryoPatch(R) SG pulmonary cardiac patch has FDA 510(k) clearance for the repair or reconstruction of the right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT), which is a surgery commonly performed in children with congenital heart defects, such as tetralogy of Fallot, truncus arteriosus, and pulmonary atresia. CryoPatch SG is distributed in three anatomic configurations: pulmonary hemi-artery, pulmonary trunk, and pulmonary branch. The Company's BioGlue(R) Surgical Adhesive is FDA approved as an adjunct to sutures and staples for use in adult patients in open surgical repair of large vessels. BioGlue is also CE Marked in the European Community and approved in Canada and Australia for use in soft tissue repair. The Company's BioFoam(TM) Surgical Matrix is CE Marked in the European Community for use as an adjunct in the sealing of abdominal parenchymal tissues (liver and spleen) when cessation of bleeding by ligature or other conventional methods is ineffective or impractical. BIOGLUE Aesthetic(R) Medical Adhesive is CE Marked in the European Community for periosteal fixation following endoscopic browplasty (brow lift) in reconstructive plastic surgery and is distributed by a third party for this indication. CryoLife distributes HemoStase(R) a hemostatic agent, in much of the U.S. for use in cardiac and vascular surgery and in many international markets for cardiac, vascular, and general surgery, subject to certain exclusions.
For additional information about the company, visit CryoLife's Web site: www.cryolife.com.
CONTACT: D. Ashley Lee, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
and Chief Operating Officer of CryoLife, +1-770-419-3355; Nina Devlin,
Web site: http://www.cryolife.com/