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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
FORM 10-K
 
ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023 or
 
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
For the transition period from             to            
 
Commission File No. 001-34634
 
ICU MEDICAL, INC.
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)
 
Delaware 33-0022692
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization) (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
951 Calle Amanecer  
San Clemente,California 92673
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
 
Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: (949) 366-2183
 
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
 
Title of each classTrading SymbolName of each exchange on which registered
The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Common stock, par value $0.10 per share ICUI(Global Select Market)
 
Securities Registered Pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:  None
 
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.  ý Yes  o No
 
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act. o Yes  ý No
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.  ý Yes  o No
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).  Yes ý   No o
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company.  See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and "emerging growth company," in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act: 
Large Accelerated Filer xAccelerated filer o
Non-accelerated filer oSmall reporting company
 Emerging growth company 
 
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.    o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has filed a report on and attestation to its management’s assessment of the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting under Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (15 U.S.C.7262(b)) by the registered public accounting firm that prepared or issued its audit report.

If securities are registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act, indicate by check mark whether the financial statements
of the registrant included in the filing reflect the correction of an error to previously issued financial statements. o

Indicate by check mark whether any of those error corrections are restatements that required a recovery analysis of incentive-based compensation received by any of the registrant’s executive officers during the relevant recovery period pursuant
to §240.10D-1(b). o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).  Yes  ý No
 
The aggregate market value of the voting stock held by non-affiliates of registrant as of June 30, 2023, the last business day of registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter, was $3,601,073,250.
 
The number of shares outstanding of registrant’s common stock, $.10 par value, as of January 31, 2024 was 24,142,564.
 
DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE
 
Portions of the Proxy Statement for registrant’s 2024 Annual Meeting of Stockholders filed or to be filed pursuant to Regulation 14A within 120 days following registrant’s fiscal year ended December 31, 2023, are incorporated by reference into Part III of this Report.
 




ICU Medical, Inc.
Form 10-K
For the Year Ended December 31, 2023
TABLE OF CONTENTS
  Page
PART I
PART II
PART III
PART IV
Form 10-K Summary
 



















Forward Looking Statements

Various portions of this Annual Report on Form 10-K, including Part II. Item 7 “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” and documents referenced herein, describe trends in our business and finances that we perceive and state some of our expectations and beliefs about our future. These statements about the future are “forward-looking statements,” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and we may identify them by using words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “expect,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “will,” “continue,” “could,” “may,” and by similar expressions and statements about aims, goals and plans. The forward-looking statements are based on the best information currently available to us and assumptions that we believe are reasonable, but we do not intend the statements to be representations as to future results. They include, without limitation, statements about:

future growth; future operating results and financial condition (including, among other things, anticipated sales; accruals for restructuring charges, production costs; operating expenses; manufacturing expenses; our expectations regarding liquidity and capital resources over the next twelve months; source of funds for capital purchases and operations; future tax rates; alternative sources of capital or financing; changes in working capital items such as receivables and inventory; and income taxes);

factors affecting our operating results, such as the impact of global economic challenges and geopolitical events; an increase in shipping costs; loss of a strategic relationship; change in demand for our products; domestic and international sales; expansion in international markets, future increases or decreases in sales of certain products and in certain markets and distribution channels; maintaining strategic relationships and securing long-term and multi-product contracts with large healthcare providers and major buying organizations; increases in systems capabilities; introduction, development and sales of new products; benefits of our products over competing systems; qualification of our new products for the expedited Section 510(k) clearance procedure; possibility of lengthier clearance process for new products; planned increases in marketing; warranty claims; rebates; product returns; bad debt expense; amortization expense; inventory requirements; lives of property, plant and equipment; manufacturing efficiencies and cost savings; unit manufacturing costs; establishment or expansion of production facilities inside or outside of the United States; planned new orders for semi-automated or fully automated assembly machines for new products; adequacy of production capacity; asset impairment losses; relocation of manufacturing facilities and personnel; effect of expansion of manufacturing facilities on production efficiencies and resolution of production inefficiencies; the effect of costs to customers and delivery times; business seasonality and fluctuations in quarterly results; customer ordering patterns and the effects of new accounting pronouncements;

new or extended contracts with manufacturers and buying organizations; dependence on a small number of customers; loss of larger distributors and the ability to locate other distributors; the outcome of our strategic initiatives; regulatory approvals and compliance; outcome of litigation; patent protection and intellectual property landscape; patent infringement claims and the impact of newly issued patents on other medical devices; competitive and market factors, including continuing development of competing products by other manufacturers; improved production processes and higher volume production; innovation requirements; consolidation of the healthcare provider market and downward pressure on selling prices; distribution or financial capabilities of competitors; healthcare reform legislation; foreign exchange risk; commodity price risk; plans to convert existing space; acquisitions of other businesses or product lines; and

the impact of acquisitions and the integration of acquired businesses and product line (including the Smiths Medical business).

The forward looking statements in this report on Form 10-K are only predictions and are based largely on our current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that we believe may affect our business, financial condition and results of operations. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this Annual Report on Form 10-K and are subject to a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including those described under the sections in this Annual Report on Form 10-K entitled “Summary Risk Factors,” “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Because forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified and some of which are beyond our control, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. The events and circumstances reflected in our forward-looking statements may not be achieved or occur and actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Moreover, we operate in



an evolving environment. New risk factors and uncertainties may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for management to predict all risk factors and uncertainties. Except as required by applicable law, we do not plan to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements contained herein, whether as a result of any new information, future events, changed circumstances or otherwise.

Risk Factors Summary

Our business is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including those described in Part I, Item 1A. "Risk Factors" in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. You should carefully consider these risks and uncertainties when investing in our securities. Principal risks and uncertainties include:

If we are unable to compete successfully with our competitors, we may be unable to maintain market share, in which case our sales may not grow and our profitability may be adversely affected.

If demand for our products were to decline significantly, we might not be able to recover the cost of our expensive automated molding and assembly equipment and tooling, which could have an adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.

Product development requires substantial investment that may be difficult for us to fund and may be challenging to recover through commercial product sales.

Heightened inflation, higher interest rates and foreign currency rate fluctuations as a result of global macroeconomic and geopolitical conditions have had and could in the future have a material adverse effect on our operations.

Continuing pressures to reduce healthcare costs and inadequate coverage and reimbursement may adversely affect our prices. If we cannot reduce manufacturing costs of existing and new products to counteract such pricing pressures, our sales may not grow and our profitability may decline.

Disruptions at the FDA, other government agencies or notified bodies caused by funding shortages or global health concerns could hinder their ability to hire, retain, or deploy key leadership and other personnel, or otherwise prevent new or modified products from being developed, cleared, approved, certified, or commercialized in a timely manner, or at all, which could negatively impact our business.

Failure to protect our information technology systems against security breaches, service interruptions, or misappropriation of data could disrupt operations, compromise sensitive data, and expose us to liability, possibly causing our business and reputation to suffer.

Damage to, or interruptions at, any of our manufacturing facilities or our suppliers' facilities could impair our ability to produce our products.

We are dependent on single and limited source third-party suppliers, which subjects our business and results of operations to risks of supplier business interruptions, and a loss or degradation in performance in our suppliers could have an adverse effect on our business and financial condition.

We may not be successful in achieving expected operating efficiencies or expense reductions associated with cost reduction and restructuring efforts and may experience a decline in our profitability, business disruptions or other adverse consequences to our business as a result.

Significant sales through distributors expose us to risks that could have a material effect on our results of operations.

Actual or perceived failures to comply with foreign, federal, and state data privacy and security laws, regulations and standards may adversely affect our business, operations and financial performance.

We are subject to certain fraud and abuse and transparency laws, which, if violated, could subject us to substantial penalties. Additionally, any challenge to or investigation into our practices under these laws could cause adverse publicity and be costly to respond to, and thus could harm our business.




Our business could be materially and adversely affected if we fail to defend and enforce our patents or other proprietary rights, if our products are found to infringe patents or other proprietary rights owned by others or if the cost to protect our patents or other proprietary rights becomes excessive or as our patents expire.

Our ability to market our products in the U.S. and other countries may be adversely affected if our products fail to comply with the applicable requirements of the FDA and regulatory agencies in other countries.

Our operations may be adversely impacted by our exposure to risks related to foreign currency exchange rates.

Any significant changes in U.S. trade, tax or other policies that restrict imports or increase import tariffs could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.

International sales pose additional risks related to competition with larger international companies and established local companies and higher credit risk.

The Smiths Medical acquisition completed in January 2022 has resulted in organizational changes and an increase in size to our business. If we fail to effectively manage this growth and change to our business in a manner that preserves our reputation with customers and the key aspects of our corporate culture, our business, financial condition and results of operations could be harmed.

The actual impact of the Smiths Medical acquisition on our financial results may be worse than the assumptions we have used.

For the Smiths Medical acquisition, we used a significant portion of our cash on hand and incurred a substantial amount of debt to finance the cash consideration portion and certain other amounts paid in connection with the Smiths Medical acquisition, which could adversely affect our business, including by restricting our ability to engage in additional transactions or incur additional indebtedness.

See Part I, Item 1A of this Annual Report on Form 10-K for the detailed discussion of the above risk factors.





PART I

ITEM 1. BUSINESS
 
First person pronouns used in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, such as “we,” “us,” and “our,” refer to ICU Medical, Inc. (“ICU”) and its subsidiaries unless context requires otherwise.

Company Background and Overview of Business

ICU develops, manufactures and sells innovative medical products used in infusion therapy, vascular access, and vital care applications. Our team is focused on providing quality, innovation and value to our clinical customers worldwide. ICU's product portfolio includes ambulatory, syringe, and large volume IV pumps and safety software; dedicated and non-dedicated IV sets, needlefree IV connectors, IV catheters, sharps safety products, and sterile IV solutions; closed system transfer devices and pharmacy compounding systems; as well as a range of respiratory, anesthesia, patient monitoring, and temperature management products.

Headquartered in San Clemente, California, ICU was founded in 1984. Our primary customers are acute care hospitals, wholesalers, ambulatory clinics and alternate site facilities, such as outpatient clinics, home health care providers, and long-term care facilities. Since our inception we have grown organically and through acquisition.

In February 2017, we acquired Pfizer Inc.’s (“Pfizer”) Hospira Infusion Systems (“HIS”) business. The HIS acquisition complemented our legacy non-dedicated infusion sets and oncology business by expanding our product portfolio to include a complete intravenous infusion therapy product-line from IV solutions to IV pumps to non-dedicated infusion sets.

In November 2019, we acquired Pursuit Vascular, Inc. (“Pursuit”). Pursuit was a privately-held medical device company with a primary focus on innovative catheter disinfecting products and technologies to reduce costly bloodstream infections and lower healthcare costs. Pursuit’s primary product is the ClearGuard® HD cap, which is used for the maintenance of hemodialysis catheters.

In January 2022, we acquired Smiths Medical 2020 Limited (“Smiths Medical”), the holding company of Smiths Group plc’s global medical device business. The Smiths Medical acquisition complemented and broadened our preexisting product portfolio by adding syringe and ambulatory infusion devices, vascular access, and vital care products, and significantly strengthened and expanded our global market reach.

Products

As part of the integration of our acquisition of Smiths Medical, we have renamed our business units and reorganized the products thereunder and, as of January 1, 2023, our business unit structure is composed of Consumables, Infusion Systems and Vital Care. The product offerings under these business units are described below.

Consumables

Our Consumables business unit includes Infusion Therapy, Oncology, Vascular Access and Tracheostomy products.

Infusion Therapy

Our Infusion Therapy products include non-dedicated infusion sets, extension sets, needle-free connectors, and disinfection caps. Infusion sets used in hospitals and ambulatory clinics consist of flexible sterile tubing running from an IV bag or bottle containing a drug product or solution to a catheter inserted in a patient’s vein that may or may not be used with an infusion pump. Disinfection caps are used to actively disinfect access points into the infusion sets and catheters. Our primary Infusion Therapy products are:

Clave™ needlefree products, including the MicroClave, MicroClave Clear, and NanoClave™ brand of connectors, accessories, extension and administration sets used for the administration of IV fluids and medications;

Neutron™ catheter patency device, used to help maintain patency of central venous catheters;

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Tego™ needlefree connector utilized to access catheters for hemodialysis and apheresis applications; and

ClearGuard™, SwabCap™ and SwabTip™ disinfection caps.

Oncology

Closed System Transfer Devices ("CSTD") and hazardous drug compounding systems are used to prepare and deliver hazardous IV medications such as those used in chemotherapy, which, if released, can have harmful effects on the healthcare worker and environment. Our primary Oncology products are:

ChemoLockTM CSTD, which utilizes a proprietary needlefree connection method, is used for the preparation and administration of hazardous drugs. ChemoLock is used to limit the escape of hazardous drug or vapor concentrations, block the transfer of environmental contaminants into the system, and eliminates the risk of needlestick injury;

ChemoClaveTM, an ISO Connection standard and universally compatible CSTD used for the preparation and administration of hazardous drugs. ChemoClave utilizes standard ISO luer locking connections, making it compatible with all brands of needlefree connectors and pump delivery systems. ChemoClave also is used to limit the escape of hazardous drug or vapor concentrations, block the transfer of environmental contaminants into the system, and eliminate the risk of needlestick injury; and

Deltec® GRIPPER® non-coring needles for portal access.

The preparation of hazardous drugs typically takes place in a pharmacy where drugs are removed from vials and prepared for delivery to a patient. Those prepared drugs are then transferred to a nursing unit where the chemotherapy is administered via an infusion pump set to a patient. Components of the ChemoClave and ChemoLock product lines are used both in pharmacies and on the nursing floors for the preparation and administration of hazardous drugs.

Vascular Access

Our Vascular Access products are used by clinicians to access the patients' bloodstream to deliver fluids and medication or to obtain blood samples. Our primary Vascular Access products are:

Jelco® safety and conventional peripheral IV catheters and sharps safety devices for hypodermic injection, designed to help prevent accidental needlestick injury;

Safe-T Wing® venipuncture and blood collection devices;

Port-A-Cath® implantable ports;

Portex® arterial blood sampling syringes;

PowerWand® midline catheters; and

Cleo® subcutaneous infusion catheters and sets.

Tracheostomy

Our tracheostomy products are used in the placement of a secure airway using both surgical and percutaneous insertion techniques. Our primary Tracheostomy products includes:

Portex BLUselect® PVC tracheostomy tubes, which feature an inner cannula as well as a Suctionaid option for above the cuff suctioning and vocalization capability;

Portex Bivona® silicone tracheostomy tubes, which offer the added benefits of comfort and mobility and come in a variety of configurations suited to meet the clinical needs of neonatal through adult patients; and

Portex BLUperc® percutaneous insertion kits, which allow for safe placement of the tracheostomy tube at the bedside.
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Infusion Systems

We offer a comprehensive portfolio of infusion pumps, dedicated IV sets, software and professional services to meet the wide range of infusion needs. Our primary Infusion System products include:

Large Volume Pump ("LVP") Hardware:

Plum 360™infusion pumps feature a unique delivery system that helps to enhance patient safety and workflow efficiency. The pumps work with PlumSet™ dedicated IV sets that include an air trap to help minimize interruptions and a direct connection to the secondary line that eliminates the risk of setup errors and enables concurrent delivery of two compatible medications through a single line. Plum 360 has been named Best in KLAS for seven years in a row (2018, 2019, 2020, 2023 – Best in KLAS Smart Pump Traditional; 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 Best in KLAS Smart Pump EMR Integrated) and was the first medical device to be awarded UL Cybersecurity Assurance Program Certification.

Plum Duo™ infusion pumps with LifeShield™ safety software are dual channel devices capable of delivering up to four compatible medications at independent rates with a single pump. The Plum Duo combines the award-winning legacy of Plum 360 with modern innovation, including a large touch screen and highly intuitive user interface to help guide users through programming, while streamlining complex tasks.

Ambulatory Infusion Hardware:

CADD™ ambulatory infusion pumps and disposables, including administration sets and medication cassette reservoirs, serve as a single pain management platform across all types of IV pain management therapies and all clinical care areas from the hospital to outpatient treatment.

Syringe Infusion Hardware:

Medfusion™ syringe infusion pumps are designed for the administration of fluids and medication to address the needs of the most vulnerable patients requiring precisely controlled infusion rates. Focused on delivery accuracy, the Medfusion 4000 can deliver from a comprehensive portfolio of syringes to meet syringe pump guidance to deliver medication from the smallest syringe size possible.

    IV Medication Safety Software:

ICU Medical MedNet™ software is an enterprise-class medication management platform that can help reduce medication errors, improve quality of care, streamline workflows and maximize revenue capture. ICU Medical MedNet connects our industry-leading Plum 360 smart pumps to a hospital’s EHR, asset tracking systems, and alarm notification platforms to further enhance infusion safety and efficiency.

LifeShield™ infusion safety software for Plum Duo infusion pumps is an enterprise-wide platform designed with the input of pharmacists, nurses and administrators to empower health systems to raise the bar in IV performance. The system’s hybrid architecture provides cloud-based functionality to allowing access anywhere with on-premise management providing security and control.

PharmGuard™ medication safety software for Medfusion 4000 syringe and CADD-Solis™ pumps allows for customized drug libraries to support the standardization of protocols for medication administration throughout the facility.

Professional Services:

In addition to the products above, our teams of clinical and technical experts work with customers to develop safe and efficient infusion systems, providing customized and personalized configuration, implementation, and data analytics services to optimize our infusion hardware and software.




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Vital Care

Our Vital Care business unit includes IV Solutions, Hemodynamic Monitoring, General Anesthesia and Respiratory, Temperature Management Solutions and Regional Anesthesia/Pain Management products.

IV Solutions

Our IV Solutions products include a broad portfolio of injection, irrigation, nutrition and specialty IV solutions including:

IV Therapy and Diluents, including Sodium Chloride, Dextrose, Balanced Electrolyte Solutions, Lactated Ringer's, Ringer's, Mannitol, Sodium Chloride/Dextrose and Sterile Water.

Irrigation, including Sodium Chloride Irrigation, Sterile Water Irrigation, Physiologic Solutions, Ringer's Irrigation, Acetic Acid Irrigation, Glycine Irrigation, Sorbitol-Mannitol Irrigation, Flexible Containers and Pour Bottle Options.

Hemodynamic Monitoring

Our Hemodynamic Monitoring products are designed to help clinicians get accurate real-time access to patients’ hemodynamic and cardiac status with an extensive portfolio of monitoring systems and advanced sensors & catheters. Measurements provided by our systems help clinicians determine how well the heart is pumping blood and how efficiently oxygen from the blood is being used by the tissues. Our Hemodynamic Monitoring products include:

Cogent™ 2-in-1 hemodynamic monitoring system;
CardioFlo™ hemodynamic monitoring system;
TDQ™ and OptiQ™ cardiac output monitoring catheters;
TriOxTM venous oximetry catheters;
Transpac™ blood pressure transducers;
SafeSet™ closed blood sampling and conservation system; and
MEDEX® LogiCal® Pressure Monitoring System and components.

    General Anesthesia & Respiratory

We offer a broad range of anesthesia systems and devices and breathing circuits, ventilation, respiratory and specialty airway products that maintain patients’ airways before, during and after surgery. Our primary Anesthesia & Respiratory products are:

Portex® acapella® bronchial hygiene products used to mobilize pulmonary secretions to facilitate the opening of airways in patients with chronic respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, asthma and cystic fibrosis.
Temperature Management Solutions

Temperature Management solutions systems are used in perioperative and critical care settings to help monitor and regulate patient temperature. Our primary Temperature Management products include:

Level 1® rapid infusion, fluid warming, routine blood and fluid warming, irrigation fluid warming, convective patient warming and temperature probes.
Regional Anesthesia/Pain Management Trays

We offer a comprehensive range of Portex® regional anesthesia/pain management trays and components. Our primary products include:

Epidural Trays;
Spinal Trays;
Combined (CSE) Trays;
Peripheral Nerve Block Trays; and
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Specialty Trays (Lumbar Puncture, Amniocentesis, Myelogram).

Financial information relating to our reporting segment and primary product lines is set forth in Part II, Item 7. "Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" of this Annual Report on Form 10-K, and is incorporated herein by reference.

Manufacturing

Facilities
 
Our manufacturing facilities are concentrated in the United States, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Czech Republic. See Part I, Item 2 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

We also rely on certain outside manufacturers for certain product lines in Infusion Systems and have in the past leveraged a long-term manufacturing and supply agreement ("MSA") with Pfizer to provide additional IV Solution products to us when requested. We no longer purchase products from Pfizer under the MSA.

We operate regional device service centers, in a number of locations, including Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., Grasbrunn, Germany; Sligo, Ireland; San Laurent, Quebec, Canada; Taipei, Taiwan and Rydalmere, Australia. See Part I, Item 2 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Raw Materials

We purchase many of the components and raw materials used in manufacturing our products from numerous suppliers in various countries. Certain components and raw materials are available only from a single supplier. We currently attempt to manage the risk associated with such suppliers by means of inventory management, relationship management and evaluation of alternative sources when feasible. See Item 1A. Risk Factors - We are dependent on single and limited source third-party suppliers, which subjects our business and results of operations to risks of supplier business interruptions, and a loss or degradation in performance in our suppliers could have an adverse effect on our business and financial condition.

Sales, Marketing and Administration
 
We sell globally through our own direct sales force and through independent distributors. We currently serve customers in over 100 countries throughout the world. The majority of our sales is denominated in United States ("U.S.") dollars and we have sales denominated in Euros, Canadian dollars, Japanese Yen, British Pound and Australian dollars as well as other currencies. In 2023 and 2022, we had worldwide net sales to Medline of 16% and 15% of consolidated net sales, respectively. In 2021, we did not have sales over 10% to any single customer.

Distribution

Our products are marketed and distributed in the U.S. and internationally to medical product manufacturers, independent distributors and directly to end users.

The distribution of our products in the U.S. is supported by a network of owned and leased distribution centers, which include King of Prussia, Pennsylvania; Los Angeles, California; Dallas, Texas and Olive Branch, Mississippi. We also utilize a number of public warehouses as part of our supply chain.

Internationally, we manage distribution by utilizing international regional hubs and through independent distributors.

Government Regulation
 
Our products and operations are subject to extensive and rigorous regulation by the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") and other federal, state and local authorities, as well as foreign regulatory authorities. The FDA regulates, among other things, the research, development, testing, manufacturing, approval, labeling, storage, recordkeeping, advertising, promotion and marketing, distribution, post-approval monitoring and reporting and import and export of drug products, medical devices and combination drug/device products in the U.S. to assure the safety and effectiveness of such medical products for their intended uses and otherwise meet the applicable requirements of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (“FDC Act”). The Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") also regulates the advertising of our products. Further, we are subject to laws directed at preventing fraud and abuse, which subject our sales and marketing, training and other practices to government scrutiny.
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Medical Device Regulation in the U.S.

The majority of our products are regulated by the FDA as medical devices in the U.S. Unless an exemption applies, each new or significantly modified medical device we seek to commercially distribute in the U.S. will require either a pre-market notification to the FDA requesting permission for commercial distribution under Section 510(k) of the FDC Act, also referred to as a 510(k) clearance, or approval from the FDA of a pre-market approval ("PMA") application. Under the FDC Act, medical devices are classified into one of three classes—Class I, Class II or Class III—depending on the degree of risk associated with each medical device and the extent of manufacturer and regulatory control needed to ensure its safety and effectiveness. Class I devices are those that pose the lowest risk to the patient and are those for which safety and effectiveness can be assured by adherence to the FDA's General Controls for medical devices, which include compliance with the applicable portions of current good manufacturing practices ("cGMPs") for medical devices known as the Quality System Regulation ("QSR"), facility registration and product listing, reporting of adverse medical events, and truthful and non-misleading labeling, advertising, and promotional materials. Class II devices are subject to the FDA's General Controls, and special controls as deemed necessary by the FDA to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the device. Devices deemed by the FDA to pose the greatest risks, such as life sustaining, life supporting or some implantable devices, or devices that have a new intended use, or use advanced technology that is not substantially equivalent to that of a legally marketed device, are placed into Class III.

Manufacturers of most Class II devices are required to obtain from the FDA a 510(k) clearance for permission to commercially distribute the device. Class III devices require approval of a PMA application evidencing safety and effectiveness of the device.

Under the 510(k) process, applicants must demonstrate to the FDA that the device is as safe and effective as, or substantially equivalent to, a legally marketed device, the "predicate" device. A predicate device is a legally marketed device that is not subject to pre-market approval, i.e., a device that was legally marketed prior to May 28, 1976 (pre-amendments device) and for which a PMA is not required, a device that has been reclassified from Class III to Class II or I, or a device that was found substantially equivalent through the 510(k) process. Applicants must submit performance data to establish substantial equivalence. In some instances, data from human clinical trials must also be submitted in support of a 510(k) pre-market notification. If so, these data must be collected in a manner that conforms to the applicable Investigational Device Exemption ("IDE") regulations. If the FDA agrees that the device is substantially equivalent to a lawfully marketed predicate device, it will grant 510(k) clearance to authorize the device for commercialization. If the FDA determines that the device is "not substantially equivalent," the device is automatically designated as a Class III device. The device sponsor must then fulfill more rigorous PMA requirements, or can request a risk-based classification determination for the device in accordance with the de novo classification process, which is a route to market for novel medical devices that are low to moderate risk and are not substantially equivalent to a predicate device.

After a device receives 510(k) clearance, any modification that could significantly affect its safety or effectiveness, or that would constitute a major change or modification in its intended use, will require a new 510(k) clearance or, depending on the modification, PMA approval or de novo classification. The FDA requires each manufacturer to determine whether the proposed change requires submission of a 510(k), de novo classification request or a PMA in the first instance, but the FDA can review any such decision and disagree with a manufacturer’s determination. If the FDA disagrees with a manufacturer’s determination not to seek a new 510(k) or other form of marketing authorization for the modification to the 510(k)-cleared product, the FDA can require the manufacturer to cease marketing and/or request the recall of the modified device until 510(k) clearance or PMA approval is obtained or a de novo classification is granted.

In the PMA application process, the applicant must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the FDA that the device is safe and effective for its intended use. This approval process applies to most Class III devices, and generally requires clinical data to support the safety and effectiveness of the device, obtained in adherence with IDE requirements. Following receipt of a PMA application, the FDA determines whether the application is sufficiently complete to permit a substantive review. If FDA accepts the application for review, it has 180 days under the FDC Act to complete its review of a PMA, although in practice, the FDA's review often takes significantly longer, and can take up to several years. An advisory panel of experts from outside the FDA may be convened to review and evaluate the application and provide recommendations to the FDA as to the approvability of the device. The FDA may or may not accept the panel's recommendation. In addition, the FDA will generally conduct a pre-approval inspection of the applicant or its third-party manufacturers' or suppliers' facilities to ensure compliance with the QSR. The FDA will approve the new device for commercial distribution if it determines that the data and information in the PMA constitute valid scientific evidence and that there is reasonable assurance that the device is safe and effective for its intended use(s). The FDA may approve a PMA with post-approval conditions intended to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the device, including, among other things, restrictions on labeling, promotion, sale and distribution, and collection of long-term follow-up data from patients in the clinical study that supported PMA approval or requirements to conduct additional clinical
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studies post-approval. Certain changes to an approved device, such as changes in manufacturing facilities, methods, or quality control procedures, or changes in the design performance specifications, which affect the safety or effectiveness of the device, require submission of a PMA supplement, or in some cases a new PMA.

After a device is cleared or approved or otherwise authorized for marketing, numerous pervasive regulatory requirements continue to apply unless explicitly exempt. These include:

establishment registration and device listing with the FDA;

QSR requirements, which require manufacturers, including third-party manufacturers, to follow stringent design, testing, control, documentation and other quality assurance procedures during all aspects of the design and manufacturing process;

clearance or approval of product modifications to 510(k)-cleared devices that could significantly affect safety or effectiveness or that would constitute a major change in intended use of cleared devices;

medical device reporting regulations, which require that a manufacturer report to the FDA if a device it markets may have caused or contributed to a death or serious injury, or has malfunctioned and the device or a similar device that it markets would be likely to cause or contribute to a death or serious injury, if the malfunction were to recur;

correction, removal and recall reporting regulations, which require that manufacturers report to the FDA field corrections and product recalls or removals if undertaken to reduce a risk to health posed by the device or to remedy a violation of the FDC Act that may present a risk to health;

complying with requirements governing Unique Device Identifiers on devices and also requiring the submission of certain information about each device to the FDA's Global Unique Device Identification Database;

the FDA's recall authority, whereby the agency can order device manufacturers to recall from the market a product that is in violation of governing laws and regulations; and

post-market surveillance activities and regulations, which apply when deemed by the FDA to be necessary to protect public health or to provide additional safety and effectiveness data for the device.

Drug Regulation in the U.S.

Certain of our IV solutions products are regulated by the FDA as drugs. In the U.S., the FDA regulates drugs under the FDC Act, and its implementing regulations, and biologics under the FDC Act and its implementing regulations. The process required by the FDA before a drug may be marketed in the U.S. generally involves the following:

completion of preclinical laboratory tests and animal studies performed in accordance with the FDA's Good Laboratory Practice requirements;

submission to the FDA of an investigational new drug application ("IND"), which must become effective before clinical trials may begin;

approval by an institutional review board or ethics committee at each clinical site before the trial is commenced;

performance of adequate and well-controlled human clinical trials to establish the safety and efficacy of the proposed product candidate for its intended purpose;

preparation of and submission to the FDA of a New Drug Application ("NDA") or abbreviated new drug application ("ANDA") after completion of all required clinical trials;

satisfactory completion of an FDA Advisory Committee review, if applicable;

a determination by the FDA within 60 days of its receipt of an NDA to file the application for review;

satisfactory completion of an FDA pre-approval inspection of the manufacturing facility or facilities at which the proposed product is produced to assess compliance with cGMPs and to assure that the facilities, methods and controls
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are adequate to preserve the product's continued safety, purity and potency, and of selected clinical investigation sites to assess compliance with Good Clinical Practices; and

FDA review and approval of the NDA to permit commercial marketing of the product for particular indications for use in the U.S.

Prior to beginning clinical trials of a drug product in the U.S., an IND must be submitted to the FDA. An IND is a request for authorization from the FDA to administer an investigational new drug product to humans. An IND must become effective before human clinical trials may begin. Assuming successful completion of all required testing in accordance with all applicable regulatory requirements, the results of product development, nonclinical studies and clinical trials are submitted to the FDA as part of an NDA requesting approval to market the product for one or more indications. The NDA must include all relevant data available from preclinical and clinical studies, including negative or ambiguous results as well as positive findings, together with detailed information relating to the product’s chemistry, manufacturing, controls, and proposed labeling, among other things. The submission of an NDA requires payment of a substantial application user fee to the FDA, unless a waiver or exemption applies.

After the FDA evaluates an NDA and conducts inspections of manufacturing facilities where the investigational product and/or its drug substance will be produced and of select clinical trial sites, the FDA may issue an approval letter or a Complete Response Letter ("CRL"). An approval letter authorizes commercial marketing of the product with specific prescribing information for specific indications. A CRL will generally describe all of the deficiencies that the FDA has identified in the NDA. In issuing the CRL, the FDA may recommend actions that the applicant might take to place the NDA in condition for approval, including requests for additional information or clarification. The FDA may delay or refuse approval of an NDA if applicable regulatory criteria are not satisfied, require additional testing or information and/or require post-marketing testing and surveillance to monitor safety or efficacy of a product.

If regulatory approval of a drug is granted, such approval will be granted for particular indications and may include limitations on the indicated uses for which such drug may be marketed. The FDA also may condition approval on, among other things, changes to proposed labeling or the development of adequate controls and specifications. The FDA may also require one or more post-market studies and additional surveillance to further assess and monitor the drug’s safety and effectiveness after commercialization, and may limit further marketing of the drug based on the results of these post-marketing studies.

Any drugs manufactured or distributed pursuant to FDA approvals are subject to pervasive and continuing regulation by the FDA, including, among other things, requirements relating to record-keeping, reporting of adverse experiences, periodic reporting, product sampling and distribution, and advertising and promotion of the product. After approval, most changes to the approved product, such as adding new indications or other labeling claims, are subject to prior FDA review and approval. There also are continuing, annual program fees for any marketed products. Drug manufacturers and their subcontractors are required to register their establishments with the FDA and certain state agencies, and are subject to periodic unannounced inspections by the FDA and certain state agencies for compliance with cGMP, which impose certain procedural and documentation requirements upon us and our third-party manufacturers. FDA regulations also require investigation and correction of any deviations from cGMP and impose reporting requirements upon us and any third-party manufacturers that we may decide to use. Accordingly, manufacturers must continue to expend time, money and effort in the area of production and quality control to maintain compliance with cGMP and other aspects of regulatory compliance.

Post-Market Enforcement in the U.S.

The FDA may withdraw marketing authorizations for drugs or medical devices if compliance with regulatory requirements and standards is not maintained or if problems occur after the product reaches the market. Later discovery of previously unknown problems with a product, including adverse events of unanticipated severity or frequency, or with manufacturing processes, or failure to comply with regulatory requirements, may result in revisions to the approved labeling to add new safety information, imposition of post-market studies or clinical studies to assess new safety risks, or imposition of distribution restrictions or other restrictions. Other potential consequences include, among other things: complete withdrawal of the product from the market, product recalls, fines, warning letters, untitled letters, clinical holds on clinical studies, refusal of the FDA to approve pending applications or supplements to approved applications, product seizures or detention, refusal to permit the import or export of products, consent decrees, corporate integrity agreements, debarment or exclusion from federal healthcare programs, the issuance of corrective information, injunctions, or the imposition of civil or criminal penalties.

In addition, the FDA closely regulates the marketing, labeling, advertising and promotion of drugs and medical devices. A company can make only those claims relating to safety and efficacy, purity and potency that are cleared or approved by the FDA and in accordance with the provisions of the authorized label. The FDA and other agencies actively enforce the
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laws and regulations prohibiting the promotion of off-label uses. Failure to comply with these requirements can result in, among other things, adverse publicity, warning letters, corrective advertising and potential civil and criminal penalties.

Regulation of Medical Devices in the European Union

The European Union ("EU") has adopted specific directives and regulations regulating the design, manufacture, clinical investigation, conformity assessment, labeling and adverse event reporting for medical devices.

Until May 25, 2021, medical devices were regulated by Council Directive 93/42/EEC (the "EU Medical Devices Directive") which has been repealed and replaced by Regulation (EU) No 2017/745 (the "EU Medical Devices Regulation"). Our current certificates have been granted under the EU Medical Devices Directive whose regime is described below. However, as of May 26, 2021, some of the EU Medical Devices Regulation requirements apply in place of the corresponding requirements of the EU Medical Devices Directive with regard to registration of economic operators and of devices, post-market surveillance and vigilance requirements. Pursuing marketing of medical devices in the EU will notably require that our devices be certified under the new regime set forth in the EU Medical Devices Regulation.

EU Medical Devices Directive

Under the EU Medical Devices Directive, all medical devices placed on the market in the EU must meet the relevant essential requirements laid down in Annex I to the EU Medical Devices Directive, including the requirement that a medical device must be designed and manufactured in such a way that it will not compromise the clinical condition or safety of patients, or the safety and health of users and others. In addition, the device must achieve the performance intended by the manufacturer and be designed, manufactured, and packaged in a suitable manner. The European Commission has adopted various standards applicable to medical devices. These include standards governing common requirements, such as sterilization and safety of medical electrical equipment and product standards for certain types of medical devices. There are also harmonized standards relating to design and manufacture. While not mandatory, compliance with these standards is viewed as the easiest way to satisfy the essential requirements as a practical matter as it creates a rebuttable presumption that the device satisfies that essential requirement.

To demonstrate compliance with the essential requirements laid down in Annex I to the EU Medical Devices Directive, medical device manufacturers must undergo a conformity assessment procedure, which varies according to the type of medical device and its (risk) classification. As a general rule, demonstration of conformity of medical devices and their manufacturers with the essential requirements must be based, among other things, on the evaluation of clinical data supporting the safety and performance of the products during normal conditions of use. Specifically, a manufacturer must demonstrate that the device achieves its intended performance during normal conditions of use, that the known and foreseeable risks, and any adverse events, are minimized and acceptable when weighed against the benefits of its intended performance, and that any claims made about the performance and safety of the device are supported by suitable evidence. Except for low-risk medical devices (Class I non-sterile, non-measuring devices), where the manufacturer can self-assess the conformity of its products with the essential requirements (except for any parts which relate to sterility or metrology), a conformity assessment procedure requires the intervention of a notified body. Notified bodies are independent organizations designated by EU member states to assess the conformity of devices before being placed on the market. A notified body would typically audit and examine a product's technical dossiers and the manufacturer's quality system (the notified body must presume that quality systems which implement the relevant harmonized standards – which is ISO 13485:2016 for Medical Devices Quality Management Systems – conform to these requirements). If satisfied that the relevant product conforms to the relevant essential requirements, the notified body issues a certificate of conformity, which the manufacturer uses as a basis for its own declaration of conformity. The manufacturer may then apply the European Conformity ("CE") mark to the device, which allows the device to be placed on the market throughout the EU.

Throughout the term of the certificate of conformity, the manufacturer will be subject to periodic surveillance audits to verify continued compliance with the applicable requirements. In particular, there will be a new audit by the notified body before it will renew the relevant certificate(s).

EU Medical Devices Regulation

The regulatory landscape related to medical devices in the EU recently evolved. On April 5, 2017, the EU Medical Devices Regulation was adopted with the aim of ensuring better protection of public health and patient safety. The EU Medical Devices Regulation establishes a uniform, transparent, predictable and sustainable regulatory framework across the EU for medical devices and ensure a high level of safety and health while supporting innovation. Unlike the EU Medical Devices
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Directive, the EU Medical Devices Regulation is directly applicable in EU member states without the need for member states to implement into national law. This aims to increase harmonization across the EU.

The EU Medical Devices Regulation became effective on May 26, 2021.

In accordance with its recently extended transitional provisions, both (i) devices lawfully placed on the market pursuant to the EU Medical Devices Directive prior to May 26, 2021 and (ii) legacy devices lawfully placed on the EU market after May 26, 2021 in accordance with the EU Medical Devices Regulation transitional provisions may generally continue to be made available on the market or put into service, provided that the requirements of the transitional provisions are fulfilled. However, even in this case, manufacturers must comply with a number of new or reinforced requirements set forth in the EU Medical Devices Regulation, in particular the obligations described below.

The EU Medical Devices Regulation requires that before placing a device, other than a custom-made device, on the market, manufacturers (as well as other economic operators such as authorized representatives and importers) must register by submitting identification information to the electronic system ("Eudamed"), unless they have already registered. The information to be submitted by manufacturers (and authorized representatives) also includes the name, address and contact details of the person or persons responsible for regulatory compliance. The new Regulation also requires that before placing a device, other than a custom-made device, on the market, manufacturers must assign a unique identifier to the device and provide it along with other core data to the unique device identifier ("UDI") database. These new requirements aim at ensuring better identification and traceability of the devices. Each device – and as applicable, each package – will have a UDI composed of two parts: a device identifier ("UDI-DI") specific to a device, and a production identifier ("UDI-PI") to identify the unit producing the device. Manufacturers are also notably responsible for entering the necessary data on Eudamed, which includes the UDI database, and for keeping it up to date. The obligations for registration in Eudamed will become applicable at a later date (as Eudamed is not yet fully functional). Until Eudamed is fully functional, the corresponding provisions of the EU Medical Devices Directive continue to apply for the purpose of meeting the obligations laid down in the provisions regarding exchange of information, including, and in particular, information regarding registration of devices and economic operators.

All manufacturers placing medical devices on the market in the EU must comply with the EU medical device vigilance system which has been reinforced by the EU Medical Devices Regulation. Under this system, serious incidents and Field Safety Corrective Actions ("FSCAs") must be reported to the relevant authorities of the EU member states. These reports will have to be submitted through Eudamed – once functional – and aim to ensure that, in addition to reporting to the relevant authorities of the EU member states, other actors such as the economic operators in the supply chain will also be informed. Until Eudamed is fully functional, the corresponding provisions of the EU Medical Devices Directive continue to apply. Manufacturers are required to take FSCAs, which are defined as any corrective action for technical or medical reasons to prevent or reduce a risk of a serious incident associated with the use of a medical device that is made available on the market. A serious incident is any malfunction or deterioration in the characteristics or performance of a device on the market (e.g., inadequacy in the information supplied by the manufacturer, undesirable side-effect), which, directly or indirectly, might lead to either the death or serious deterioration of the health of a patient, user, or other persons, or to a serious public health threat. An FSCA may include the recall, modification, exchange, destruction or retrofitting of the device. FSCAs must be communicated by the manufacturer or its legal representative to its customers and/or to the end users of the device through Field Safety Notices. For similar serious incidents that occur with the same device or device type and for which the root cause has been identified or a FSCA implemented or where the incidents are common and well documented, manufacturers may provide periodic summary reports instead of individual serious incident reports.

The advertising and promotion of medical devices are subject to some general principles set forth in EU legislation. According to the EU Medical Devices Regulation, only devices that are CE marked may be marketed and advertised in the EU in accordance with their intended purpose. Directive 2006/114/EC concerning misleading and comparative advertising and Directive 2005/29/EC on unfair commercial practices, while not specific to the advertising of medical devices, also apply to the advertising thereof and contain general rules, for example, requiring that advertisements are evidenced, balanced and not misleading. Specific requirements are defined at a national level. EU member states' laws related to the advertising and promotion of medical devices, which vary between jurisdictions, may limit or restrict the advertising and promotion of products to the general public and may impose limitations on promotional activities with healthcare professionals.

Many EU member states have adopted specific anti-gift statutes that further limit commercial practices for medical devices, in particular vis-à-vis healthcare professionals and organizations. Additionally, there has been a recent trend of increased regulation of payments and transfers of value provided to healthcare professionals or entities and many EU member states have adopted national "Sunshine Acts" which impose reporting and transparency requirements (often on an annual basis), similar to the requirements in the U.S., on medical device manufacturers. Certain countries also mandate implementation of commercial compliance programs.
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In the EU, regulatory authorities have the power to carry out announced and, if necessary, unannounced inspections of companies, as well as suppliers and/or sub-contractors and, where necessary, the facilities of professional users. Failure to comply with regulatory requirements (as applicable) could require time and resources to respond to the regulatory authorities’ observations and to implement corrective and preventive actions, as appropriate. Regulatory authorities have broad compliance and enforcement powers and, if such issues cannot be resolved to their satisfaction, can take a variety of actions, including untitled or warning letters, fines, consent decrees, injunctions, or civil or criminal penalties.

The aforementioned EU rules are generally applicable in the European Economic Area ("EEA") which consists of the 27 EU member states plus Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland.

Brexit

Since January 1, 2021, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency ("MHRA") has become the sovereign regulatory authority responsible for Great Britain (i.e. England, Wales and Scotland) medical device market according to the requirements provided in the Medical Devices Regulations 2002 (SI 2002 No 618, as amended) that sought to give effect to the three pre-existing EU directives governing active implantable medical devices, general medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices whereas Northern Ireland continues to be governed by EU rules according to the Northern Ireland Protocol. Following the end of the United Kingdom's ("UK's") withdrawal from the EU ("Brexit") transitional period on January 1, 2021, new regulations require all medical devices to be registered with the MHRA before being placed on the Great Britain market. The MHRA only registers devices where the manufacturer or their UK responsible person has a registered place of business in the UK. Beginning January 1, 2022, manufacturers based outside the UK need to appoint a UK responsible person that has a registered place of business in the UK to register devices with the MHRA.

On June 26, 2022, the MHRA published its response to a 10-week consultation on the post-Brexit regulatory framework for medical devices and diagnostics. MHRA seeks to amend the UK Medical Devices Regulations 2002 (which are based on EU legislation, primarily the EU Medical Devices Directive and the EU In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Directive 98/79/EC), in particular to create a new access pathway to support innovation, create an innovative framework for regulating software and artificial intelligence as medical devices, reform IVD regulation and foster sustainability through the reuse and remanufacture of medical devices. Regulations implementing the new regime were originally scheduled to come into force in July 2023, but have recently been postponed to July 2025. Devices bearing CE marks issued by EU notified bodies under the EU Medical Devices Regulation or EU Medical Devices Directive are now subject to transitional arrangements. The UK Government has introduced legislation that provides that CE-marked medical devices may be placed on the Great Britain market on the following timelines:

general medical devices compliant with the EU Medical Devices Directive or EU Active Implantable Medical Devices Directive with a valid declaration and CE marking can be placed on the Great Britain market up until the sooner of expiry of the certificate or June 30, 2028; and

general medical devices, including custom-made devices, compliant with the EU Medical Devices Regulation can be placed on the Great Britain market up until June 30, 2030.

Following these transitional periods, it is expected that all medical devices will require a UK Conformity Assessed ("UKCA") mark. Manufacturers may choose to use the UKCA mark on a voluntary basis prior to the mandatory deadlines. However, UKCA marking will not be recognized in the EU. The rules for placing medical devices on the market in Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK, differ from those in the rest of the UK. Compliance with this legislation is a prerequisite to be able to affix the UKCA mark to our products, without which they cannot be sold or marketed in Great Britain.

In addition, the trade deal between the UK and the EU generally provides for cooperation and exchange of information between the parties in the areas of product safety and compliance, including market surveillance, enforcement activities and measures, standardization-related activities, exchanges of officials, and coordinated product recalls. As such, processes for compliance and reporting should reflect requirements from regulatory authorities.

Under the terms of the Northern Ireland Protocol, Northern Ireland follows EU rules on medical devices and devices marketed in Northern Ireland require assessment according to the EU regulatory regime. Such assessment may be conducted by an EU notified body, in which case a CE mark is required before placing the device on the market in the EU or Northern Ireland. Alternatively, if a UK notified body conducts such assessment, a 'UKNI' mark is applied and the device may only be placed on the market in Northern Ireland and not the EU.
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Manufacturing Regulation

We must also comply with FDA and International Organization for Standardization ("ISO") governing medical device manufacturing practices. The FDA, state, foreign agencies and ISO require manufacturers to register and subject manufacturers to periodic FDA, state, foreign agencies and notified bodies and ISO inspections and audits of their manufacturing facilities. We are a FDA and ISO registered medical device manufacturer, and must demonstrate that we and our contract manufacturers comply with the FDA's QSR, cGMPs and similar foreign requirements. The FDA, other regulatory agencies and notified bodies outside the U.S. monitor compliance with these requirements through inspections and audits of manufacturing facilities. If an inspector observes conditions that might be violative, the manufacturer must correct those conditions or explain them satisfactorily, or face potential regulatory action that might include physical removal of the product from the marketplace.

Other Healthcare Laws

We are subject to additional healthcare regulation and enforcement by the federal government and by authorities in the states and foreign jurisdictions in which we conduct our business. These laws include:

the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, which prohibits, among other things, persons from knowingly and willfully soliciting, receiving, offering or paying remuneration, directly or indirectly, in exchange for or to induce either the referral of an individual for, or the purchase, order or recommendation of, any good or service for which payment may be made under federal healthcare programs, such as the Medicare and Medicaid programs. A person or entity does not need to have actual knowledge of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute or specific intent to violate it to have committed a violation;

federal false claims laws which prohibit, among other things, individuals or entities from knowingly presenting, or causing to be presented, claims for payment from Medicare, Medicaid or other federal third-party payors that are false or fraudulent. In addition, the government may assert that a claim including items or services resulting from a violation of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute constitutes a false or fraudulent claim for purposes of the False Claims Act;

the federal Civil Monetary Penalties Law, which prohibits, among other things, offering or transferring remuneration to a federal healthcare beneficiary that a person knows or should know is likely to influence the beneficiary’s decision to order or receive items or services reimbursable by the government from a particular provider or supplier;

federal criminal laws that prohibit executing a scheme to defraud any federal healthcare benefit program or making false statements relating to healthcare matters. Similar to the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, a person or entity does not need to have actual knowledge of the statute or specific intent to violate it to have committed a violation;

the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, as amended by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, which governs the conduct of certain electronic healthcare transactions and protects the security and privacy of protected health information;

the federal Physician Payment Sunshine Act, which requires manufacturers of drugs, devices, biologics and medical supplies for which payment is available under Medicare, Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (with certain exceptions) to report annually to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") information related to payments or other "transfers of value" made to physicians (defined to include doctors, dentists, optometrists, podiatrists and chiropractors), certain non-physician health care professionals (physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, anesthesiologist assistants, certified registered nurse anesthetists, anesthesiology assistants and certified nurse midwives), and teaching hospitals and ownership and investment interests held by the physicians described above and their immediate family members; and

analogous state and foreign law equivalents of each of the above federal laws, such as anti-kickback and false claims laws which may apply to items or services reimbursed by any third-party payor, including commercial insurers; state laws that require pharmaceutical and device companies to comply with the industry's voluntary compliance guidelines and the applicable compliance guidance promulgated by the federal government or otherwise restrict payments that may be made to healthcare providers and other potential referral sources; state laws that require device manufacturers to track and report information related to payments and other "transfers of value" to physicians and other healthcare providers or pricing, marketing expenditures and information.

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Violations of any of the laws described above include civil and criminal penalties, damages, fines, the curtailment or restructuring of an entity’s operations, the debarment, suspension or exclusion from federal and state healthcare programs and/or imprisonment.

Coverage and Reimbursement

Our profitability and operations are subject to changes in legislative, regulatory and reimbursement policies and decisions as well as changes in private payer reimbursement coverage and payment decisions and policies. Our products are purchased by hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers that typically bill various third-party payors, such as governmental programs, private insurance plans and managed care plans, for the healthcare services and products provided to their patients. The ability of our customers to obtain appropriate coverage and reimbursement for healthcare services and products from third-party payors is critical because it affects which products customer purchase and the prices they are willing to pay since our products are not separately reimbursed by any third-party payor. Third-party payors are increasingly reducing coverage and reimbursement for certain healthcare services and products and challenging prices charged for healthcare services and products.

Health Care Reform in the U.S.

In the U.S., there have been, and we expect that there will continue to be, a number of federal and state proposals to limit payments by governmental payors for medical devices, and the procedures in which medical devices are used. For example, in March 2010, comprehensive healthcare reform legislation was enacted through the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended by the Health Care and Education and Reconciliation Act (the "ACA"), which, among other things, provided incentives to programs that increase the federal government’s comparative effectiveness research, and implemented payment system reforms including a national pilot program on payment bundling to encourage hospitals, physicians and other providers to improve the coordination, quality and efficiency of certain healthcare services through bundled payment models.

Since its enactment, there have been judicial, executive and Congressional challenges to certain aspects of the ACA. On June 17, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the most recent judicial challenge to the ACA brought by several states without specifically ruling on the constitutionality of the ACA.

In addition, other legislative changes have been proposed and adopted since the Affordable Care Act was enacted. On August 2, 2011, the Budget Control Act of 2011 was signed into law, which, among other things, included reductions to Medicare payments to providers, which went into effect on April 1, 2013, and will stay in effect through 2032, with the exception of a temporary suspension from May 1, 2020 through March 31, 2022 unless additional Congressional action is taken. On January 2, 2013, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, was signed into law, which, among other things, further reduced Medicare payments to several providers, including hospitals. We cannot predict whether future healthcare initiatives will be implemented at the federal or state level or internationally, or the effect any future legislation or regulation will have on us. Such legislation and regulation of healthcare costs may, however, result in decreased lower reimbursements by governmental and private payors to our customers, which may adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

EU Healthcare Reform

Additional healthcare reform measures in the EU may be adopted in the future as well. For instance, in December 2021, Regulation (EU) No 2021/2282 on Health Technology Assessment (“HTA”) amending Directive 2011/24/EU, was adopted. While the Regulation entered into force in January 2022, it will only begin to apply from January 2025 onwards, with preparatory and implementation-related steps to take place in the interim. Once applicable, it will have a phased implementation depending on the concerned products. The Regulation intends to boost cooperation among EU member states in assessing health technologies, including certain high-risk medical devices, and providing the basis for cooperation at the EU level for joint clinical assessments in these areas. It will permit EU member states to use common HTA tools, methodologies, and procedures across the EU, working together in four main areas, including joint clinical assessment of the innovative health technologies with the highest potential impact for patients, joint scientific consultations whereby developers can seek advice from HTA authorities, identification of emerging health technologies to identify promising technologies early, and continuing voluntary cooperation in other areas. Individual EU member states will continue to be responsible for assessing non-clinical (e.g., economic, social, ethical) aspects of health technology, and making decisions on pricing and reimbursement.

Data Privacy and Security
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Medical device companies may be subject to U.S. federal and state and foreign data privacy, security and data breach notification laws governing the collection, use, disclosure and protection of health-related and other personal information. In the U.S., numerous federal and state laws and regulations, including data breach notification laws, health information privacy and security laws and consumer protection laws and regulations govern the collection, use, disclosure, and protection of health-related and other personal information. In addition, certain foreign laws govern the privacy and security of personal data, including health-related data. Privacy and security laws, regulations, and other obligations are constantly evolving, may conflict with each other to complicate compliance efforts, and can result in investigations, proceedings, or actions that lead to significant civil and/or criminal penalties and restrictions on data processing.

Competition

Our industry is highly competitive. We believe our ability to effectively compete in this industry is determined by our ability to provide a wide breadth of cost-effective, high quality products. We believe the added breadth of our acquired product portfolios have increased our competitiveness as we can now provide a one-stop shop for customers and offer more flexible competitive pricing. We also believe our infusion pump product offering will enable us to achieve sales of a larger volume of higher margin infusion consumables, and we believe we have a wider customer reach through our unified distribution channels.

Consumables

We believe that our ability to effectively compete in the Consumables market depends upon our ability to differentiate our products based on continued innovation, safety, quality, convenience, reliability, patent protection, ease of use and the pricing of our products, in addition the access to distribution channels. We encounter significant competition in this market both from global, large, established medical device manufacturers and from smaller companies. We compete with products and systems marketed by Becton Dickinson ("BD"), Baxter International ("Baxter"), B. Braun Medical, Inc. ("B. Braun"), Angiodynamics and Teleflex. 

Infusion Systems

We face strong global competitors in the Infusion Systems market. In the United States ("U.S.") our competitors include BD, Baxter, B. Braun, Moog Medical, and Fresenius Kabi, a division of Fresenius Group. Outside of the U.S., our primary competitors are BD, B. Braun, Fresenius, and a large number of local market pump manufacturers. These competitors benefit from greater financial, research and development and marketing resources than we have. The smart pump market in recent years has been troubled with security concerns and product recalls. We believe our ability to effectively compete will be determined by our ability to build our brand strength using the development of technological advancements aimed at increasing the quality, reliability, safety and security of our pumps while at the same time focusing on manufacturing efficiency and cost-effectiveness, which are operationally challenging with evolving product lines.

Vital Care

Our IV Solutions products are sold in the U.S. and Canada and compete in the U.S. with Baxter and B. Braun.

Our other Vital Care products compete with numerous competitors due to our broad product portfolio. Our primary competitors include Edwards Lifesciences, Belmont and Intersurgical plc.

Our ability to compete in this market will depend on our ability to continue to make technological advances to our products, thereby increasing customer efficiency, and our ability to provide product support and successful customer training aimed at improving clinical decision-making that ultimately enhances patient safety and focuses on demonstrable patient outcomes.

Patents
     
Many of our product lines rely on patent protection. We have obtained U.S. and foreign patents relating to certain of the technologies found in our products, and are pursuing additional patent applications. There is however, no single patent or group of patents that we own that we believe is material in relation to our business as a whole.

Our success will depend in part on our ability to obtain, maintain and enforce patent protection for our products and to operate without infringing on the proprietary rights of third parties. While we have obtained certain patents and applied for additional U.S. and foreign patents covering certain of our products, there is no assurance that the scope of any patent
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protection will prevent competitors from introducing similar or competing devices or that any of our patents will be held valid if subsequently challenged. We can also lose patent protection through expiration. The inability to obtain effective patent protection or the loss of patent protection on a specific product line could adversely affect our ability to exclude other company from producing effective competitive products. The loss of a significant portion of our patent portfolio could have an adverse impact on our financial results.

The fact that a patent is issued to us does not eliminate the possibility that patents owned by others may contain claims that are infringed by our products.
 
There has been substantial litigation regarding patent and other intellectual property rights in the medical device industry. Litigation, which would result in substantial cost to us and diversion of our resources, may be necessary to defend us against claimed infringement of the rights of others and to determine the scope and validity of the proprietary rights of others. Adverse determinations in such litigation could subject us to significant liabilities to third parties or could require us to seek licenses from third parties and could prevent us from manufacturing, selling or using our products, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our business. In addition, we have initiated litigation, and may continue to initiate litigation in the future, to enforce our intellectual property rights against those we believe to be infringing on our patents.  Such litigation could result in substantial cost and diversion of resources.
 
Seasonality/Quarterly Results
 
Our business is not significantly impacted by seasonal aspects. We can, however, experience fluctuations in net sales as a result of variations in the ordering patterns of our largest customers, which can be driven by global health crisis or pandemics, as well as fluctuations due to supply constraints as a result of other macroeconomic and global geopolitical events, such as the conflicts in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Our expenses do not typically fluctuate in the same manner as net sales, which may result in cause fluctuations in operating income that are disproportionate to fluctuations in our revenue.

Research and Development

We continue to invest in certain research and development ("R&D") projects to drive future growth and to remain competitive in our product lines. Our main R&D facilities are located in the U.S and India. Our R&D costs primarily relate to headcount and employment expense in support of the ongoing development of new products. Research and development costs were $85.3 million in 2023, $93.0 million in 2022 and $47.5 million in 2021.
 
Human Capital Management

We believe our employees are the foundation of our business and are key to executing our strategy globally. The knowledge, skills and abilities of our diverse workforce is paramount in upholding our mission of connecting patients and caregivers through safe, life-saving, life enhancing IV therapy products, systems, and services.

We believe the health and well-being of our employees are cornerstones for our successful operations. Whether you are a machine operator in one of our manufacturing locations, a material handler in a distribution center, a service technician supporting our products in the field, or a clinician training customers on the use of our products in a hospital, we strive to prioritize the safety of our team members. This includes designing our work environments with a safety first mindset, providing personal protective equipment and safety training beginning day one.

Our ability to attract and retain talented individuals globally begins with our commitment to offer a career that gives people a unique opportunity to work in an exhilarating, fast-paced, inspiring, and collaborative environment where what they do makes a difference. We offer competitive salaries and benefit packages to all employees as well as select participation in incentive plans based on individual and company performance.

We believe the development of our workforce is critical for personal growth and the success of our company as well. We reinforce this with challenging, yet rewarding assignments, continued learning and training programs through our global iLearning platform, and support continued education globally through tuition reimbursement programs. Our team believes in diversity, collaboration, and removing barriers to communication—all to create an environment where innovation and creativity can flourish. This is principal for us in attracting, developing, retaining and rewarding talent on a global scale.

Finally, we believe that our leadership team, with its broad, and deep category knowledge and averaging approximately 12 years of experience in IV therapy has the necessary experience to effectively lead the execution of our strategy.
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At December 31, 2023, we had approximately 14,000 employees located in over 35 countries.

Geographic Data

Information regarding financial data by geography is set forth in Part II, Item 8. "Financial Statements and Supplementary Data" of this Annual Report on Form 10-K in Notes 4 and 13 to the Consolidated Financial Statements, and is incorporated herein by reference.

Available Information

Our website address is http://www.icumed.com. We make available our Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K and other filings and amendments thereto those reports, free of charge on our website as soon as reasonably practicable after filing or furnishing them with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). We also have our code of ethics posted on our website (http://www.icumed.com). The information on our website is not incorporated into this Annual Report on Form 10-K. We use our Investor Relations website as a means of disclosing material information. Accordingly, investors should monitor our Investor Relations website, in addition to following our press releases, SEC filings, and public conference calls and webcasts.
 
The SEC maintains an Internet site that contains reports, proxy and information statements, and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the SEC on its website (http://www.sec.gov).

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS
 
In evaluating an investment in our common stock, investors should consider carefully, among other things, the following risk factors, as well as the other information contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K and our other reports and registration statements filed with the SEC. Any of the following risks could materially and adversely affect our results of operations or financial condition.

Market and Other External Risks

If we are unable to compete successfully with our competitors, we may be unable to maintain market share, in which case our sales may not grow and our profitability may be adversely affected.

The consumable medical device segment of the health care industry and in particular the infusion products market is intensely competitive and continues to experience both horizontal and vertical consolidation. We believe that our ability to compete depends upon numerous factors including, among other things, continued product innovation, the quality, convenience and reliability of our products, including demand for more environmentally friendly products and focus on using materials of concern, access to distribution channels, patent protection and pricing. The ability to compete effectively depends on our ability to differentiate our products based on these factors, as well as our ability to perceive and respond to changing customer needs. We encounter significant competition in our markets both from large established medical device manufacturers and from smaller companies. Many of these companies have introduced competitive products with features not provided by the conventional products and methods they are intended to replace. Most of our current and prospective competitors have economic and other resources substantially greater than ours and are well established in the healthcare industry. Several large, established competitors offer broad product lines and have been successful in obtaining full-line contracts with a significant number of hospitals and group purchasing organizations to supply all of their infusion product requirements. Due to the highly competitive nature of the group purchasing organizations ("GPOs") or integrated delivery networks ("IDNs") contracting processes, we may not be able to obtain or maintain contract positions with major GPOs and IDNs across our products portfolio. Furthermore, the increasing leverage of organized buying groups may reduce market prices for our products thereby affecting our profitability. While having a contract with a GPO or IDN can facilitate sales to members of that GPO or IDN, it is no assurance that the sales volume of those products will be maintained. The members of such groups may choose to purchase from our competitors due to the price or quality offered by such competitors, which could result in a decline in our sales and profitability. In addition, distributors of our products may begin to negotiate terms of sale more aggressively in an effort to increase their profitability. Failure to negotiate distribution arrangements having advantageous pricing or other terms of sale could adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition. In addition, if we fail to implement distribution arrangements successfully, it could cause us to lose market share to our competitors. Moreover, there is no assurance that our competitors will not substantially increase resources devoted to the development, manufacture and marketing of products competitive with our products. The successful implementation of such a strategy by one or more of our competitors could materially and adversely affect us.
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If demand for our products were to decline significantly, we might not be able to recover the cost of our expensive automated molding and assembly equipment and tooling, which could have an adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.

Our production tooling is relatively expensive, with each "module," which consists of an automated assembly machine and the molds and molding machines that mold the components, costing several million dollars. Most of the modules are for the Clave product family. If the demand for these products changes significantly, which could happen with the loss of customers or a change in product mix, it may be necessary for us to recognize an impairment charge for the value of the production tooling because its cost may not be recovered through production of saleable product, which could adversely affect our financial condition.

We have been and will be ordering production molds and equipment for our new products. We expect to order semi-automated or fully automated assembly machines for certain products in 2024. If we do not achieve significant sales of these new/transitioned products, it might be necessary for us to recognize an impairment charge for the value of the production tooling because its costs may not be recovered through production of saleable product, which could adversely affect our financial condition.

Product development requires substantial investment that may be difficult for us to fund and may be challenging to
recover through commercial product sales.

    Innovations generally require a substantial investment in product development before we can determine their commercial viability, and we may not have the financial resources necessary to fund these innovations. Even if we succeed in creating new product candidates from these innovations, we may still fail to successfully commercially such products. The success of new medical device products depends on several factors, including our ability to anticipate and meet customers' or patients' needs, obtain timely regulatory approvals, clearances or certifications, and manufacture quality products in an economic and timely manner. Even if we are able to develop successful new products or enhancements, we may not produce sales exceeding the costs of development, and we may not avoid infringing the proprietary rights of third parties. Moreover, innovations may not be successful due to difficulties encountered in achieving positive clinical outcomes, meeting safety, efficacy or other regulatory requirements of government agencies or notified bodies, or obtaining favorable pricing on those products. Finally, innovations may not be accepted in the marketplace quickly or at all because of, among other things, entrenched patterns of clinical practice and uncertainty over third-party reimbursement.

If we do not successfully develop and commercialize enhanced or new products that remain competitive with new products or alternative technologies developed by others, we could lose revenue opportunities and customers, and our ability to grow our business would be impaired.

The medical device industry is characterized by rapid product development and technological advances, which places our products at risk of obsolescence. Our long-term success and profit margins depend upon the development and successful commercialization of new products, new or improved technologies and additional applications of our technology. The research and development process is time-consuming and costly, and may not result in products or applications that we can successfully commercialize.  We can give no assurance that we will be able to successfully develop and commercialize enhanced or new products or that they will be accepted in the marketplace. Even if we successfully develop and commercialize enhanced or new products, they may be quickly rendered obsolete by competitors’ innovations, changing customer preferences or changing industry or regulatory standards.

Cost volatility or loss of supply of our raw materials could have an adverse effect on our profitability.

Most of the materials used in our products are resins, plastics and other material that depend upon oil or natural gas as their raw material. Crude oil and natural gas prices have been volatile in recent years. Crude oil markets have historically been affected by political uncertainty in the Middle East and more recently, by the conflict in the Ukraine. As the current conflict in the Middle East continues to develop and geopolitical tensions rise in the region or globally, there is no assurance that crude oil supplies will not be interrupted or crude oil prices will not rise in the future. New laws or regulations adopted in response to climate change could also increase energy costs as well as the costs of certain raw materials and components. Any such regulations or interruptions could have an adverse effect on our ability to produce, or the cost to produce, our products. Our suppliers have historically passed some of their cost increases on to us, and if such prices are sustained or increase further, our suppliers may pass further cost increases on to us. In addition to the effect on resin prices, transportation costs have increased because of the effect of higher crude oil prices, and we believe most of these costs have been passed on to us. Our ability to recover these increased costs may depend upon our ability to raise prices on our products. In the past, we have rarely raised
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prices and it is uncertain that we would be able to raise them to recover higher prices from our suppliers. Our inability to raise prices in those circumstances, or to otherwise recover these costs, could have an adverse effect on our profitability.

If we cannot obtain additional custom tooling and equipment on a timely basis to enable us to meet demand for our products, we might be unable to increase our sales or might lose customers, in which case our sales could decline.
We expanded our manufacturing capacity substantially in recent years, and we expect that continued expansion may be necessary. Molds and automated assembly machines generally have a long lead-time with vendors, often nine months or longer. Inability to secure such tooling in a timely manner, or unexpected increases in production demands, could cause us to be unable to meet customer orders. Such inability could cause customers to seek alternatives to our products, which would adversely affect our sales.

Heightened inflation, higher interest rates and foreign currency rate fluctuations as a result of global macroeconomic and geopolitical conditions have had and could in the future have a material adverse effect on our operations.

Global macroeconomic conditions and geopolitical tensions, such as the conflicts in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and resulting impacts therefrom, for example, heightened inflation, higher interest rates and capital costs, and currency rate fluctuations have resulted in, and may continue to result in, increased raw material costs, higher shipping costs, higher labor costs, and global supply chain disruptions. In 2022, we experienced these supply chain disruptions, increased raw material costs and shipping costs, as prices on several commodities, including oil and gas, increased as a result of the conflict in the Ukraine and its impact on the global economy. Although these costs were less volatile in 2023, we may continue to experience these inflationary increases in our manufacturing costs and operating expenses, including higher materials and labor costs, as well as negative impacts on our operating results from the strengthening of the U.S. dollar relative to foreign currencies weakening exchange rates. See the risk factor titled “Our operations may be adversely impacted by our exposure to risks related to foreign currency exchange rates” under the “Geographic Risks” subsection for a discussion of risks related to foreign currency exchange rates.

Additionally, the majority of our sales are conducted pursuant to long-term contracts. Our efforts to minimize the impact of inflation on our business through contractual protections may not prove effective, and the presence of longer pricing periods within our contracts along with sustained or higher than anticipated inflation increases the likelihood that the contract protections do not adequately mitigate the financial impact of inflation. If our contractual protections do not adequately protect us in the context of substantial cost increases and inflationary pressures, it could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations. Heightened inflation may also reduce or delay orders for our products and for certain products we may be unable to satisfy demand, both of which could have a material adverse impact on our sales and results of operations.

Our operating results may be adversely affected by unfavorable economic conditions that affect our customers’ ability to buy our products and our suppliers' demand for payment terms.

Disruptions in financial markets worldwide and other worldwide macro-economic challenges have caused and may in the future cause our customers and suppliers to experience cash flow concerns. If job losses and the resulting loss of health insurance and personal savings cause individuals to forego or postpone treatment, the resulting decreased hospital use could affect the demand for our products. As a result, customers may modify, delay or cancel plans to purchase our products and suppliers may increase their prices, reduce their output or change terms of sales. Additionally, if customers’ or suppliers’ operating and financial performance deteriorates, or if they are unable to make scheduled payments or obtain credit, customers may not be able to pay, or may delay payment of, accounts receivable owed to us and suppliers may impose different payment terms that are less favorable to us. Any inability of current and/or potential customers to pay us for our products or any demands by suppliers for different payment terms may adversely affect our earnings and cash flow.

Continuing pressures to reduce healthcare costs and inadequate coverage and reimbursement may adversely affect our prices. If we cannot reduce manufacturing costs of existing and new products to counteract such pricing pressures, our sales may not grow and our profitability may decline.

    Increasing awareness of healthcare costs, public interest in healthcare reform and continuing pressure from Medicare, Medicaid, GPOs and other payors, both domestic and international, to reduce costs in the healthcare industry, as well as increasing competition from other protective products, could make it more difficult for us to sell our products at current prices. Our products are purchased by hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers that typically bill various third-party payors, such as governmental programs, private insurance plans and managed care plans, for the healthcare services and products provided to their patients. The ability of our customers to obtain appropriate coverage and reimbursement for healthcare
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services and products from third-party payors is critical because it affects the kinds of products customers purchase and the prices they are willing to pay. Because there is often no separate reimbursement for supplies used in surgical procedures, the additional cost associated with the use of our products can affect the profit margin of the hospital or surgery center where the procedure is performed. Some of our target customers may be unwilling to adopt our products in light of the additional associated cost. Further, any decline in the amount payors are willing to reimburse our customers could make it difficult for existing customers to continue using or to adopt our products and could create additional pricing pressure for us. If we are forced to lower the price we charge for our products, our gross margins will decrease, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations and impair our ability to grow our business.

    Third-party payors are developing increasingly sophisticated methods of controlling healthcare costs. In addition, no uniform policy of coverage and reimbursement for procedures using our products exists among third-party payors. Therefore, coverage and reimbursement for procedures using our products can differ significantly from payor to payor. Payors continually review new and existing technologies for possible coverage and can, without notice, deny or reverse coverage for new or existing products and procedures. There can be no assurance that third-party payor policies will provide coverage for procedures in which our products are used. If we are not successful in reversing existing non-coverage policies, or if third-party payors that currently cover or reimburse our products and related procedures reverse or limit their coverage in the future, or if other third-party payors issue similar policies, this could have a material adverse effect on our business.

    Further, we believe that future coverage and reimbursement may be subject to increased restrictions, such as
additional prior authorization requirements. Third-party coverage and reimbursement for procedures using our products or any of our products in development for which we may receive regulatory approval or certification may not be available or adequate, which could have an adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations and impair our ability to grow our business.

Implementation of further legislative or administrative reforms in the reimbursement system in the U.S. and abroad or adverse decisions relating to coverage or reimbursement could have an impact on acceptance of and demand for our products and the prices that our customers are willing to pay for them. In the event that the market will not accept current prices for our products, our sales and profits could be adversely affected. We believe that our ability to increase our market share and operate profitably in the long term may depend in part on our ability to reduce manufacturing costs on a per unit basis through high volume production using highly automated molding and assembly systems. If we are unable to reduce unit manufacturing costs, we may be unable to increase our market share for our products or may lose market share to alternative products, including competitors’ products. Similarly, if we cannot reduce unit manufacturing costs of new products as production volumes increase, we may not be able to sell new products profitably or gain any meaningful market share. Any of these results would adversely affect our future results of operations.

Disruptions at the FDA, other government agencies or notified bodies caused by funding shortages or global health concerns could hinder their ability to hire, retain, or deploy key leadership and other personnel, or otherwise prevent new or modified products from being developed, cleared, approved, certified, or commercialized in a timely manner, or at all, which could negatively impact our business.

The ability of the FDA, foreign regulatory authorities and notified bodies to review and approve or certify new products can be affected by a variety of factors, including government budget and funding levels, statutory, regulatory and policy changes, a government agency's ability to hire and retain key personnel and accept the payment of user fees, and other events that may otherwise affect the government's ability to perform routine functions. Average review times at the FDA, other government agencies, foreign regulatory authorities and notified bodies have fluctuated in recent years as a result. In addition, government funding of other government agencies that fund research and development activities is subject to the political process, which is inherently fluid and unpredictable. For example, over the last several years, the U.S. government has shut down several times and certain regulatory agencies, such as the FDA, have had to furlough critical FDA employees and stop critical activities.

One such shut down was as a result of COVID-19, the FDA postponed most inspections of domestic and foreign manufacturing facilities at various points. Even though the FDA has resumed standard inspection operations, any resurgence of the virus or comparable health concerns may lead to future inspectional or administrative delays. If a prolonged government shutdown occurs, or if a global health concern prevents the FDA, other regulatory authorities or notified bodies from conducting their regular inspections, audits, reviews, or other regulatory activities, it could significantly impact the ability of the FDA or other regulatory authorities or notified bodies to timely review and process our regulatory submissions, which could have a material adverse effect on our business.

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For instance, in the EU, notified bodies must be officially designated to certify products and services in accordance with the EU Medical Devices Regulation. Their designation process, which is significantly stricter under the new Regulation, has experienced considerable delays as a result of COVID-19. Despite a recent increase in designations, the current number of notified bodies designated under the new Regulation remains significantly lower than the number of notified bodies designated under the previous regime. The current designated notified bodies are therefore facing a backlog of requests as a consequence of which review times have lengthened. This situation may impact the way we are conducting our business in the EU and the EEA and the ability of our notified body to timely review and process our regulatory submissions and perform its audits.

Failure to protect our information technology systems against security breaches, service interruptions, or misappropriation of data could disrupt operations, compromise sensitive data, and expose us to liability, possibly causing our business and reputation to suffer.

We depend heavily on information technology infrastructure and systems to achieve our business objectives. Any incident that impairs or compromises this infrastructure, including security breaches, malicious attacks or more general service interruptions, could impede our ability to process orders, manufacture and ship product in a timely manner, protect sensitive data and otherwise carry on business in the normal course. Any such events could result in the loss of customers, revenue, or both, and could require us to incur significant expense to remediate, including legal claims or proceedings. Further, as cybersecurity related incidents continue to evolve, and regulatory focus on these issues continues to expand, additional investment in protective measures, and vulnerability remediation, may be required.

Our ability to execute our business strategy depends, in part, on the continued and uninterrupted performance of our information technology systems and those of our third-party service providers, strategic partners and other contractors or consultants, which support our operations. Despite the implementation of security measures, our information technology systems, and those of third parties on which we rely, are vulnerable to attack, interruption and damage from, among others, computer viruses, malware (e.g. ransomware), malicious code, natural disasters, terrorism, war, telecommunication and electrical failures, hacking, cyber-attacks or cyber-intrusions over the Internet, phishing and other social engineering schemes, human error, theft or misuse by persons inside our organization, or persons with access to systems inside our organization, fraud, denial or degradation of service attacks and sophisticated nation-state and nation-state-supported actors or similar disruptive problems. The risk of a security breach or disruption, particularly through cyber-attacks or cyber-intrusion, including by computer hackers, foreign governments, and cyber terrorists, has generally increased as the number, intensity and sophistication of attempted attacks and intrusions from around the world have increased. Because the techniques used to obtain unauthorized access, disable or degrade service, or sabotage systems change frequently and often are not foreseeable or recognized until launched against a target, we may be unable to anticipate these techniques or to implement adequate preventative measures. We may also experience security breaches that may remain undetected for an extended period. Even if identified, we may be unable to adequately investigate or remediate incidents or breaches due to attackers increasingly using tools and techniques that are designed to circumvent controls, to avoid detection, and to remove or obfuscate forensic evidence.

We and certain of our service providers have been in the past and may from time to time in the future be subject to cyberattacks and security incidents. Data security breaches and other cybersecurity incidents may result from, for example, non-technical means (e.g., actions by employees or contractors), system failure, accident or unauthorized access. Any such security breach may compromise information stored on our networks or those of third parties on which we rely and may result in significant data losses or theft of personally identifiable information. Any compromise of our security could result in a violation of applicable security, privacy or data protection, consumer and other laws, regulatory or other governmental investigations, enforcement actions, and legal and financial exposure, including potential contractual liability. A number of proposed and enacted federal, state and international laws and regulations obligate companies to notify individuals of security breaches involving particular personally identifiable information, which could result from breaches experienced by us or by third parties, including collaborators, vendors, contractors or other organizations with which we expect to form strategic relationships. Any such compromise could also result in damage to our reputation and a loss of confidence in our security and privacy or data protection measures. In addition, a cybersecurity attack could result in other negative consequences, including disruption of our internal operations, increased cybersecurity protection costs, lost revenue, regulatory actions or litigations. Any of these effects could materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations. Our cyber liability insurance may not be sufficient to cover the financial, legal, business or reputational losses that may result from such an interruption or breach. Furthermore, there can be no assurance that our cybersecurity risk management program and processes, including our policies, controls or procedures, will be fully implemented, complied with or effective in protecting our systems and information.

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Our business could suffer if we lose the services of key personnel.
    We are dependent upon the management and leadership of our executive team, as well as other members of our senior management team. If one or more of these individuals were unable or unwilling to continue in his or her present position, our business would be disrupted and we might not be able to find replacements on a timely basis or with the same level of skill and experience, which could have an adverse effect on our business. We do not have "key person" life insurance policies on any of our employees.

The price of our common stock has been and may continue to be highly volatile due to many factors.

The public equity market can be highly volatile, and we have experienced significant volatility in the price of our common stock in the past. We believe that factors such as quarter-to-quarter fluctuations in financial results, differences between stock analysts’ expectations and actual quarterly and annual results, new product introductions by us or our competitors, acquisitions or divestitures, changing regulatory environments, litigation, changes in healthcare reimbursement policies, sales or the perception in the market of possible sales of common stock by insiders, market rumors, general macroeconomic trends (including as a result of pandemics or other health outbreaks, geopolitical tensions and uncertainties including as a result of the current conflicts in Eastern Europe and the Middle East) and substantial product orders could contribute to the volatility in the price of our common stock.

Most of our common stock is held by, or included in accounts managed by, institutional investors or managers. Several of those institutions own or manage a significant percentage of our outstanding shares, with the ten largest interests accounting for approximately 63% of our outstanding shares at the end of 2023. If one or more of the institutions or if our other large stockholders should decide to reduce or eliminate their position in our common stock, it could cause a significant decrease in the price of our common stock.

Climate-related events and other events could harm our business.

Natural disasters, disease outbreaks and pandemics, power shortages, terrorism, political unrest, telecommunications failure, vandalism, geopolitical instability, war, climate-related events, and other events beyond our control could negatively impact our operations or otherwise harm our business. Such events may result in damage or loss of service to assets that our operations rely on or cause delays in product manufacturing or distribution, any of which may adversely impact our operations.

In addition, the impacts of climate-related events on the global economy and our industry are rapidly evolving. Physical impacts of climate-related events (including but not limited to floods, droughts, more frequent and/or intense storms and wildfires), or chronic changes (such as droughts, heat waves or sea level changes) in climate patterns can adversely impact our operations, as well as the operations of our suppliers and customers. If a catastrophic event occurs at or near any of our manufacturing facilities or our suppliers’ facilities, or utility providers or public health officials take certain actions (e.g., shut off power to our or our suppliers’ facilities), our operations may be interrupted, which could adversely impact our business and results of operations. Transition impacts of climate-related events may subject us to increased regulations, reporting requirements, standards or expectations regarding the environmental impacts of our business. Any of such adverse impacts from these or other climate-related events may also adversely affect our reputation, business, or financial performance.

The increasing focus on environmental sustainability and social initiatives could increase our costs, harm our reputation and adversely impact our financial results.

There has been increasing public focus by investors, patients, environmental activists, the media and governmental and nongovernmental organizations on a variety of environmental, social and other sustainability matters. We may experience pressure to make commitments relating to sustainability matters that affect us, including the design and implementation of specific risk mitigation strategic initiatives relating to sustainability. Expectations regarding the management of ESG initiatives continues to evolve rapidly. While we may from time to time engage in various initiatives (including but not limited to voluntary disclosures, policies, or goals) to improve our ESG profile or respond to stakeholder expectations, we cannot guarantee that these initiatives will have the desired effect. If we are not effective in addressing environmental, social and other sustainability matters affecting our business, or setting and meeting relevant sustainability goals, our reputation and financial results may suffer. In addition, even if we are effective at addressing such concerns, we may experience increased costs as a result of executing upon our sustainability goals that may not be offset by any benefit to our reputation, which could have an adverse impact on our business and financial condition.

In addition, various regulatory authorities have imposed, and may continue to impose, mandatory substantive and/or disclosure requirements with respect to ESG matters. For example, we and/or certain of our subsidiaries or affiliates may be
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subject to the requirements of the European Union Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (and its implementing laws and regulations and other European Union directives or European Union and European Union member state regulations, various disclosure requirements (such as information on greenhouse gas emissions, climate risks, use of offsets, and emissions reduction claims) from the State of California, the SEC’s climate disclosure proposal, if finalized, as well as the International Sustainability Standards Board’s sustainability and climate disclosure standards, to the extent adopted by jurisdictions in which we operate, among other regulations or requirements. Operating in more than one jurisdiction is likely to make our compliance with ESG and sustainability-related rules more complex and expensive, and potentially expose us to greater levels of legal risks associated with our compliance. Our failure to comply with any applicable rules or regulations could lead to penalties and adversely impact our reputation, customer attraction and retention, access to capital and employee retention. Such ESG matters may also impact our suppliers and customers, which may augment or cause additional impacts on our business, financial condition, or results of operations.

Business and Operating Risks

Damage to, or interruptions at, any of our manufacturing facilities or our suppliers' facilities could impair our ability to produce our products.

A severe weather event, including climate change-related severe weather or disasters, other natural or man-made disaster, or any other significant disruption, such as global epidemics/pandemics, the impact of war or political instability (such as the conflicts in Eastern Europe and the Middle East), work stoppages, labor shortages and similar interruptions affecting our manufacturing facilities or our suppliers and logistics partners could materially and adversely impact our business, financial condition and results of operations. For example the impact of COVID-19 caused us to temporarily shut down some of our facilities in 2021.

We have a single manufacturing facility for our Clave products located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Our Salt Lake City facility also produces other components on which our manufacturing operations in Ensenada, Mexico and Costa Rica rely. Our IV Solutions are manufactured at our manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas and in past years also by a third party manufacturer, Pfizer, in Rocky Mount, North Carolina or our suppliers’ facilities. We also operate various other manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Mexico, Italy and Czech Republic. If our facilities or our suppliers' facilities are inoperable, for even a short period of time, it could adversely affect our ability to manufacture and distribute our products in a timely or cost-effective manner, and our ability to make product sales. For example, during July 2023, Pfizer's Rocky Mount, North Carolina facility sustained damage and destroyed inventory as a result of a tornado, which resulted in minor delayed shipments of certain products. Furthermore, our facilities and the equipment we use to perform our manufacturing processes could be unavailable or costly and time-consuming to repair or replace.

Damage to, or interruptions at, any of our facilities or our suppliers' facilities due to work stoppages or labor shortages could render us unable to manufacture our products or require us to reduce the output of products at such facilities. Several of our manufacturing facilities are located near known earthquake fault zones and are vulnerable to damage from earthquakes. We carry insurance for damage to our property and disruption of our business, but this insurance may not be adequate to cover all of the risks associated with damage or disruption to our facilities and business, may not provide coverage in amounts sufficient to cover our potential losses and may not continue to be available to us on acceptable terms, if at all.

We are dependent on single and limited source third-party suppliers, which subjects our business and results of operations to risks of supplier business interruptions, and a loss or degradation in performance in our suppliers could have an adverse effect on our business and financial condition.

We currently rely on a single source supplier for the supply of certain materials (such as resins) that are critical to our ability to manufacture our products. Our risk mitigation plans employed with such key supplier, or that we may use with other key suppliers, may not suffice to ensure that we are able to receive requisite materials as and when needed and in sufficient quantity. We cannot be certain that our current suppliers will continue to provide us with the quantities of materials that we require or satisfy our anticipated specifications and quality requirements on a timely basis or at all. Any supply interruption in limited or sole sourced raw materials could materially harm our ability to manufacture our products until a new source of supply, if any, could be identified and qualified. Upon identification, the qualification process of new suppliers and component materials can take a considerable amount of time. We may be unable to find a sufficient alternative supply channel in a reasonable time or on commercially reasonable terms. Additionally, we are subject to FDA and foreign regulations, which could further delay our ability to obtain a qualified alternative supplier. The price and supply of these materials may be impacted or disrupted for reasons beyond our control including supplier shutdowns, transportation delays, inflationary pricing pressures, work stoppages, labor shortages, extreme weather events, geopolitical developments, global economic uncertainty or downturns, sanctions and trade restrictions, and other governmental regulatory actions. Furthermore, our contract manufacturers
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could require us to move to another one of their production facilities. We have experienced, and may continue to experience, significant challenges to our global transportation channels and other aspects of the global supply chain network, including the cost and availability of raw materials and components due to shortages and resulting cost inflation.. If we encounter delays or difficulties in securing these components, materials or services and, if we cannot then obtain an acceptable substitute on a timely basis, our commercial operations could be interrupted, and we could experience an adverse effect on our results of operations and financial condition , and.

Additionally, any performance failure on the part of our suppliers could delay the development and manufacture of our products, which could have a material adverse effect on our business. Due to the highly competitive nature of the healthcare industry and the cost controls of our customers and third party payors, as well as entering into long-term fixed price contracts, we may be unable to pass along cost increases for any key components or raw materials through higher prices to our customers. If the cost of key components or raw materials increases and we are unable to fully recover those increased costs through price increases or offset these increases through other cost reductions, we could experience an adverse effect on our results of operations and financial condition.

We may not be successful in achieving expected operating efficiencies or expense reductions associated with cost reduction and restructuring efforts and may experience a decline in our profitability, business disruptions or other adverse consequences to our business as a result.

    We have engaged in restructuring activities in the past and may engage in other restructuring activities in the future. For example, since the Smiths Medical acquisition, we have taken realignment and cost reduction initiatives to achieve operating efficiencies for the combined company. These types of cost reduction and restructuring activities are complex. If we do not successfully manage our current restructuring activities, or any other restructuring activities that we may take in the future, any expected efficiencies and benefits might be delayed or not fully realized, and our operations and business could be disrupted. In addition, the costs associated with implementing restructuring activities might exceed expectations, which could result in additional future charges.

The agreements governing our debt contain a number of restrictive covenants which limit our flexibility in operating our business, finance future operations or pursue our business strategies.

The credit agreement governing our Senior Secured Credit Facilities contains, among other things, certain customary restrictive covenants that limit our ability to incur additional indebtedness and liens, merge with other companies or consummate certain changes of control, acquire other companies, make certain investments, pay dividends, enter into certain transactions with affiliates, and transfer or dispose of assets as well as financial covenants. While we have not previously breached and are not currently in breach of these or any other covenants contained in our credit agreement, our ability to comply with these covenants may be affected by events beyond our control, including health crises and global pandemics, other geopolitical events, such as the conflicts in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, supply chain interruptions or general economic environment, including high inflation and interest rates. These covenants could also limit our ability to seek capital through the incurrence of new indebtedness or, if we are unable to meet our obligations, require us to repay any outstanding amounts with sources of capital we may otherwise use to fund our business. As such, these restrictive covenants contained in our Senior Secured Credit Facility may restrict our ability to pursue our business strategies.

Significant sales through distributors expose us to risks that could have a material effect on our results of operations.

For the year ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, business from one distributor, Medline, accounted for approximately 16% and 15% of our consolidated revenues, respectively. We may rely on one or more key distributors for a product, and the loss of these distributors could reduce our revenue. Additionally, distributors may face financial difficulties, including bankruptcy, which could harm our collection of accounts receivable and financial results. Failure to manage risks related to our use of distributors may reduce sales, increase expenses, and weaken our competitive position, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our business and results of operations.

Legal, Compliance, and Regulatory Risks

Actual or perceived failures to comply with foreign, federal, and state data privacy and security laws, regulations and standards may adversely affect our business, operations and financial performance.

    We are subject to various federal, state and foreign laws that govern the collection, use, disclosure, retention and security of personal information, including patient health information. The global data protection landscape is rapidly evolving, and implementation standards and enforcement practices are likely to remain uncertain for the foreseeable future. This
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evolution may create uncertainty in our business, affect our or our collaborators', service providers' and contractors' ability to operate in certain jurisdictions or to collect, store, transfer, use and share personal information, necessitate the acceptance of more onerous obligations in our contracts, result in liability or impose additional costs on us. In the U.S., numerous federal and state laws and regulations could apply to our operations or the operations of our partners, including state data breach notification laws, federal and state health information privacy laws, and federal and state consumer protection laws and regulations (e.g. Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act (the "FTC Act")). For example, the privacy, security and breach notification rules promulgated under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, as amended by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009, and regulations implemented thereunder (collectively ("HIPAA") establish a set of national privacy and security standards for the protection of protected health information ("PHI") by health plans, health care clearinghouses and certain health care providers, called covered entities, and the business associates with whom such covered entities contract for services that involve creating, receiving, maintaining or transmitting PHI, as well as their covered subcontractors. HIPAA also requires covered entities to provide individuals with certain rights with respect to their PHI, and requires covered entities to enter into a written business associate contract or other arrangement with the business associate that establishes specifically what the business associate has been engaged to do and requires the business associate to comply with the requirements of HIPAA.
HIPAA requires the notification of patients, and other compliance actions, in the event of a breach of unsecured PHI. If notification to patients of a breach is required, such notification must be provided without unreasonable delay and in no event later than 60 calendar days after discovery of the breach. In addition, if the PHI of 500 or more individuals is improperly used or disclosed, we would be required to report the improper use or disclosure to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") which would post the violation on its website, and to the media.
Penalties for failure to comply with a requirement of HIPAA vary significantly depending on the nature of violation and could include civil monetary or criminal penalties. HIPAA authorizes state attorneys general to file suit on behalf of their residents for violations. Courts are able to award damages, costs and attorneys’ fees related to violations of HIPAA in such cases. While HIPAA does not create a private right of action allowing individuals to file suit against us in civil court for violations of HIPAA, its standards have been used as the basis for duty of care cases in state civil suits such as those for negligence or recklessness in the misuse or breach of PHI.

Certain states have also adopted privacy and security laws and regulations, some of which may be more stringent than HIPAA. Such laws and regulations will be subject to interpretation by various courts and other governmental authorities, thus creating potentially complex compliance issues for us and our future customers and strategic partners. For example, California enacted the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (the "CCPA"), which went into effect on January 1, 2020. The CCPA applies to certain businesses that collect personal information from California residents. The CCPA gives California residents expanded rights to access and delete their personal information, opt out of certain personal information sharing and receive detailed information about how their personal information is used by requiring covered companies to provide new disclosures to California consumers (as that term is broadly defined) and provide such consumers new ways to opt-out of certain sales of personal information. The CCPA provides for civil penalties for violations, as well as a private right of action for data breaches that is expected to increase data breach litigation. Although there are limited exemptions for health-related information, including PHI maintained by covered entities and business associates, the CCPA may increase our compliance costs and potential liability. Further, the California Privacy Rights Act ("CPRA") generally went into effect on January 1, 2023, and imposes additional data protection obligations on covered businesses, including additional consumer rights processes, limitations on data uses, new audit requirements for higher risk data, and opt outs for certain uses of sensitive data. It also created a new California data protection agency authorized to issue substantive regulations and could result in increased privacy and information security enforcement. Additional compliance investment and potential business process changes may be required. Similar laws have passed in other states, and are continuing to be proposed at the state and federal level, reflecting a trend toward more stringent privacy legislation in the U.S. The enactment of such laws could have potentially conflicting requirements that would make compliance challenging. In addition, the CCPA has prompted a number of proposals for new federal and state privacy legislation that, if passed, could increase our potential liability, increase our compliance costs and adversely affect our business. If we fail to comply with applicable laws and regulations we could be subject to penalties or sanctions, including criminal penalties if we knowingly obtain or disclose individually identifiable health information from a covered entity in a manner that is not authorized or permitted by HIPAA or applicable state laws.

Furthermore, the FTC and many state attorneys general continue to enforce federal and state consumer protection laws against companies for online collection, use, dissemination and security practices that appear to be unfair or deceptive. For example, according to the FTC, failing to take appropriate steps to keep consumers' personal information secure can constitute unfair acts or practices in or affecting commerce in violation of Section 5(a) of the FTC Act. The FTC expects a company's data security measures to be reasonable and appropriate in light of the sensitivity and volume of consumer information it holds, the size and complexity of its business, and the cost of available tools to improve security and reduce vulnerabilities.
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Foreign data protection laws, including the General Data Protection Regulation (the "GDPR"), which became effective in May 2018, and EU and EEA member state data protection legislation, may also apply to health-related and other personal data obtained outside of the U.S. The GDPR imposes strict requirements for processing the personal data of individuals within the EEA or in the context of our activities within the EEA. The GDPR has and will continue to increase compliance burdens on us, including by mandating potentially burdensome documentation requirements and granting certain rights to individuals to control how we collect, use, disclose, retain and process data about them. Fines for non-compliance with the GDPR are significant - the greater of €20 million or 4% of global turnover. In addition to fines, a breach of the GDPR may result in regulatory investigations, reputational damage, orders to cease/ change our data processing activities, enforcement notices, assessment notices (for a compulsory audit) and/ or civil claims (including class actions). The GDPR provides that EU and EEA member states may impose further obligations relating to the processing of genetic, biometric or health data, which could limit our ability to collect, use and share personal data, or could cause our compliance costs to increase, ultimately having an adverse impact on our business. Among other requirements, the GDPR regulates transfers of personal data subject to the GDPR to third countries that have not been found to provide adequate protection to such personal data, including the United States, and the efficacy and longevity of current transfer mechanisms between the European Economic Area, or the EEA, and the United States remains uncertain. Case law from the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) states that reliance on the standard contractual clauses - a standard form of contract approved by the European Commission as an adequate personal data transfer mechanism - alone may not necessarily be sufficient in all circumstances and that transfers must now be assessed on a case-by-case basis. On October 7, 2022, President Biden signed an Executive Order on ‘Enhancing Safeguards for United States Signals Intelligence Activities’ which introduced new redress mechanisms and binding safeguards to address the concerns raised by the CJEU in relation to data transfers from the EEA to the United States and which formed the basis of the new EU-US Data Privacy Framework (“DPF”), as released on December 13, 2022. The European Commission adopted its Adequacy Decision in relation to the DPF on July 10, 2023, rendering the DPF effective as a GDPR transfer mechanism to U.S. entities self-certified under the DPF. The DPF also introduced a new redress mechanism for EU citizens which addresses a key concern in the previous CJEU judgments and may mean transfers under standard contractual clauses are less likely to be challenged in future. We currently rely on the EU standard contractual clauses and the UK Addendum to the EU standard contractual clauses and the UK International Data Transfer Agreement and the DPF as relevant to transfer personal data outside the EEA and the UK, including to the United States, with respect to both intragroup and third party transfers. We expect the existing legal complexity and uncertainty regarding international personal data transfers to continue as supervisory authorities issue further guidance on personal data export mechanisms, including circumstances where the SCCs cannot be used, and/or start taking enforcement action. In particular, we expect the DPF Adequacy Decision to be challenged and international transfers to the United States and to other jurisdictions more generally to continue to be subject to enhanced scrutiny by regulators. We could suffer additional costs, complaints and/or regulatory investigations or fines, and/or if we are otherwise unable to transfer personal data between and among countries and regions in which we operate, it could affect the manner in which we provide our services, the geographical location or segregation of our relevant systems and operations, and could adversely affect our financial results.

Further, from January 1, 2021, companies have to comply with the GDPR and also the UK GDPR, which, together with the amended UK Data Protection Act 2018, retains the GDPR in UK national law. The UK GDPR mirrors the fines under the GDPR, e.g. fines up to the greater of €20 million (£17.5 million) or 4% of global turnover. On October 12, 2023, the UK Extension to the DPF came into effect (as approved by the UK Government), as a UK GDPR data transfer mechanism to U.S. entities self-certified under the UK Extension to the DPF. The European Commission has adopted an adequacy decision in favor of the UK, enabling data transfers from EU member states to the UK without additional safeguards. However, the UK adequacy decision will automatically expire in June 2025 unless the European Commission re-assesses and renews/extends that decision, and remains under review by the Commission during this period. In September 2021, the UK government launched a consultation on its proposals for wide-ranging reform of UK data protection laws following Brexit and the response to this consultation was published in June 2022. There is a risk that any material changes which are made to the UK data protection regime could result in the European Commission reviewing the UK adequacy decision, and the UK losing its adequacy decision if the European Commission deems the UK to no longer provide adequate protection for personal data. The relationship between the UK and the EU in relation to certain aspects of data protection law remains unclear, and it is unclear how UK data protection laws and regulations will develop in the medium to longer term, and how data transfers to and from the UK will be regulated in the long term.

We are subject to certain fraud and abuse and transparency laws, which, if violated, could subject us to substantial penalties. Additionally, any challenge to or investigation into our practices under these laws could cause adverse publicity and be costly to respond to, and thus could harm our business.
There are numerous U.S. federal and state, as well as foreign, laws pertaining to healthcare fraud and abuse, including anti-kickback, false claims and transparency laws regarding payments and other transfers of value made to physicians and other
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licensed healthcare professionals. Our business practices and relationships with providers are subject to scrutiny under these laws. The healthcare laws and regulations that may affect our ability to operate include, but are not limited to:

the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, which prohibits, among other things, persons and entities from knowingly and willfully soliciting, offering, receiving or providing remuneration, directly or indirectly, in cash or in kind, to induce either the referral of an individual or furnishing or arranging for a good or service, for which payment may be made, in whole or in part, under federal healthcare programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid. A person or entity does not need to have actual knowledge of the statute or specific intent to violate it to have committed a violation. The U.S. government has interpreted this law broadly to apply to the marketing and sales activities of manufacturers;
the federal civil and criminal false claims laws, including the federal civil False Claims Act, which prohibit, among other things, individuals or entities from knowingly presenting, or causing to be presented, claims for payment from Medicare, Medicaid or other federal healthcare programs that are false or fraudulent. Private individuals can bring False Claims Act "qui tam" actions, on behalf of the government and such individuals, commonly known as "whistleblowers," may share in amounts paid by the entity to the government in fines or settlement. Moreover, the government may assert that a claim including items or services resulting from a violation of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute constitutes a false or fraudulent claim for purposes of the federal civil False Claims Act;
the federal Civil Monetary Penalties Law, which prohibits, among other things, offering or transferring remuneration to a federal healthcare beneficiary that a person knows or should know is likely to influence the beneficiary’s decision to order or receive items or services reimbursable by the government from a particular provider or supplier;
the federal Physician Sunshine Act, which require certain applicable manufacturers of drugs, devices, biologics and medical supplies for which payment is available under Medicare, Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program ("CHIP") to report annually to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' CMS information related to payments and other transfers of value to physicians (defined to include doctors, dentists, optometrists, podiatrists and chiropractors), certain other healthcare providers (physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, anesthesiologist assistants, certified registered nurse anesthetists, anesthesiology assistants and certified nurse midwives, and teaching hospitals), and applicable manufacturers and GPOs, to report annually ownership and investment interests held by physicians and their immediate family members;
HIPAA, which created additional federal criminal statutes that prohibit, among other things, executing a scheme to defraud any healthcare benefit program and making false statements relating to healthcare matters. Similar to the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, a person or entity does not need to have actual knowledge of the statute or specific intent to violate it to have committed a violation; and
analogous state and foreign law equivalents of each of the above federal laws, such as anti-kickback and false claims laws which may apply to items or services reimbursed by any third-party payor, including commercial insurers or patients; state laws that require device companies to comply with the industry’s voluntary compliance guidelines and the applicable compliance guidance promulgated by the federal government or otherwise restrict payments that may be made to healthcare providers and other potential referral sources; state laws that require device manufacturers to report information related to payments and other transfers of value to physicians and other healthcare providers or marketing expenditures; consumer protection and unfair competition laws, which broadly regulate marketplace activities and activities that potentially harm customers; and state laws related to insurance fraud in the case of claims involving private insurers.

These laws and regulations, among other things, constrain our business, marketing and other promotional activities by limiting the kinds of financial arrangements, including sales programs, we may have with hospitals, physicians or other potential purchasers of our products. Due to the breadth of these laws, the narrowness of statutory exceptions and regulatory safe harbors available, and the range of interpretations to which they are subject, it is possible that some of our current or future practices might be challenged under one or more of these laws.
To enforce compliance with the healthcare regulatory laws, certain enforcement bodies have recently increased their scrutiny of interactions between healthcare companies and healthcare providers, which has led to a number of investigations, prosecutions, convictions and settlements in the healthcare industry. Responding to investigations can be time-and resource-consuming and can divert management's attention from the business. Additionally, as a result of these investigations, healthcare providers and entities may have to agree to additional compliance and reporting requirements as part of a consent decree or corporate integrity agreement. Any such investigation or settlement could increase our costs or otherwise have an adverse effect on our business. Even an unsuccessful challenge or investigation into our practices could cause adverse publicity, and be costly to respond to. If our operations are found to be in violation of any of the healthcare laws or regulations described above or any other healthcare regulations that apply to us, we may be subject to penalties, including administrative, civil and criminal penalties, damages, fines, exclusion from participation in government healthcare programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, imprisonment, contractual damages, reputational harm, disgorgement and the curtailment or restructuring of our operations.
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Healthcare regulation and reform measures could adversely affect our revenue and financial condition.

    Our profitability and operations are subject to risks relating to changes in government and private reimbursement programs and policies and changes in legal requirements in the U.S. and in the world. There have been, and we expect there will continue to be, a number of legislative and regulatory changes to the healthcare system that could affect our future revenues and profitability in the U.S. and abroad. Federal and state lawmakers regularly propose and, at times, enact legislation that results in significant changes to the healthcare system, some of which are intended to contain or reduce the costs of medical products and services. For example, in 2010, the ACA was signed into law introducing comprehensive health insurance and healthcare reforms in the U.S. The ACA, among other things, provided incentives to programs that increase the federal government's comparative effectiveness research, and implemented payment system reforms including a national pilot program on payment bundling to encourage hospitals, physicians and other providers to improve the coordination, quality and efficiency of certain healthcare services through bundled payment models. Additionally, the ACA has expanded eligibility criteria for Medicaid programs and created a new Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to oversee, identify priorities in, and conduct comparative clinical effectiveness research, along with funding for such research.

We anticipate there will continue to be proposals by legislators at both the federal state and foreign levels, regulators and commercial payors to reduce costs while expanding individual healthcare benefits. The ultimate implementation of any healthcare reform legislation and any new laws and regulations, and its impact on us, is impossible to predict, particularly in light of the new presidential administration. Any significant reforms made to the healthcare system in the U.S., or in other jurisdictions, may have an adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.

On December 13, 2021, Regulation No 2021/2282 on Health Technology Assessment (“HTA”) amending Directive 2011/24/EU, was adopted. While the Regulation entered into force in January 2022, it will only begin to apply from January 2025 onwards, with preparatory and implementation-related steps to take place in the interim. Once applicable, it will have a phased implementation depending on the concerned products. The Regulation intends to boost cooperation among EU member states in assessing health technologies, including certain high-risk medical devices, and provide the basis for cooperation at the EU level for joint clinical assessments in these areas. It will permit EU member states to use common HTA tools, methodologies, and procedures across the EU, working together in four main areas, including joint clinical assessment of the innovative health technologies with the highest potential impact for patients, joint scientific consultations whereby developers can seek advice from HTA authorities, identification of emerging health technologies to identify promising technologies early, and continuing voluntary cooperation in other areas. Individual EU member states will continue to be responsible for assessing non-clinical (e.g., economic, social, ethical) aspects of health technology, and making decisions on pricing and reimbursement.

Our business could be materially and adversely affected if we fail to defend and enforce our patents or other proprietary rights, if our products are found to infringe patents or other proprietary rights owned by others or if the cost to protect our patents or other proprietary rights becomes excessive or as our patents expire.

We rely on a combination of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, business methods, software and nondisclosure agreements to protect our proprietary intellectual property. Our efforts to protect our intellectual and proprietary rights may not be sufficient. Further, there is no assurance that patents pending will issue or that the protection from patents which have issued or may issue in the future will be broad enough to prevent competitors from introducing similar devices, that such patents, if challenged, will be upheld by the courts or that we will be able to prove infringement and damages in litigation.

We generally have multiple patents covering various features of a product, and as each patent expires, the protection afforded by that patent is no longer available to us, even though protection of features that are covered by other unexpired patents may continue to be available to us. The loss of patent protection on certain features of our products may make it possible for others to manufacture and sell products with features identical or similar to ours, which could adversely affect our business.

     If we fail to develop and successfully launch new products prior to the expiration of patents for our existing products, our sales and profits with respect to those products could decline significantly. We may not be able to develop and successfully launch more advanced replacement products before these and other patents expire.

In addition, our ability to enforce and protect our intellectual property rights may be limited in certain countries outside of the U.S., which could make it easier for competitors to obtain market position in such countries by utilizing technologies that are similar to those developed by us.

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If others choose to manufacture and sell products similar to or substantially the same as our products, it could have a material adverse effect on our business through loss of unit volume or price erosion, or both, and could adversely affect our ability to secure new business.

There has been substantial litigation regarding patent and other intellectual property rights in the medical device industry. We have in the past faced and may in the future face patent infringement claims. Patent infringement litigation, which may be necessary to enforce patents issued to us or to defend ourselves against claimed infringement of the rights of others, can be expensive and may involve a substantial commitment of our resources which may divert resources from other uses. Adverse determinations in litigation or settlements could subject us to significant liabilities to third parties, could require us to seek licenses from third parties, could prevent us from manufacturing and selling our products or could fail to prevent competitors from manufacturing products similar to ours. Any of these results could materially and adversely affect our business.

From time to time we become aware of newly issued patents on medical devices, which we review to evaluate any infringement risk. We are aware of a number of patents that have been issued to others. While we believe these patents will not affect our ability to market our products, there is no assurance that these or other issued or pending patents might not interfere with our right or ability to manufacture and sell our products.

Our ability to market our products in the U.S. and other countries may be adversely affected if our products fail to comply with the applicable requirements of the FDA and regulatory agencies in other countries.

    We and our products are subject to extensive regulation in the U.S. and elsewhere, including by the FDA and its foreign counterparts. The FDA and foreign regulatory agencies and notified bodies regulate, among other things, with respect to medical devices: design, development and manufacturing; testing, labeling, content and language of instructions for use and storage; clinical trials; product safety; establishment registration and device listing; marketing, sales and distribution; pre-market clearance, approval and certification; record keeping procedures; advertising and promotion; recalls and field safety corrective actions; post-market surveillance, including reporting of deaths or serious injuries and malfunctions that, if they were to recur, could lead to death or serious injury; post-market approval studies; and product import and export.

    In the U.S., our medical device products are subject to clearance or approval by the U.S. FDA under the FDC Act. Before we can market a new medical device, or a new use of, new claim for, or significant modification to, an existing product, we must first receive either clearance under Section 510(k) of the FDC Act or approval of PMA application from the FDA, unless an exemption applies. Under the 510(k) process, the manufacturer must submit to the FDA a pre-market notification, demonstrating that the device is "substantially equivalent," as defined in the FDC Act, to a legally marketed predicate device. To be "substantially equivalent," the proposed device must have the same intended use as the predicate device, and either have the same technological characteristics as the predicate device or have different technological characteristics and not raise different questions of safety or effectiveness than the predicate device. If the manufacturer is unable to demonstrate substantial equivalence to FDA's satisfaction, or if there is no available predicate device, then the manufacturer may be required to seek approval through the PMA application process, which is generally more costly and time consuming than the 510(k) process. Through the PMA application process, the applicant must submit data and information demonstrating reasonable assurance of the safety and effectiveness of the device for its intended use to the FDA's satisfaction. Accordingly, a PMA application typically includes, but is not limited to, extensive technical information regarding device design and development, pre-clinical and clinical trial data, manufacturing information, labeling and financial disclosure information for the clinical investigators in device studies.

We currently market certain products that have received 510(k) clearance, and we may pursue 510(k) clearance for future products. However, certain of our new products may require a longer time for clearance than we have experienced in the past and there can be no assurance that a PMA application will not be required. For example, in 2022, we acquired Smiths Medical, which has marketed its PORT-A-CATH implantable access systems pursuant to PMA approval, and there is no assurance that other new products developed by us or any manufacturers that we might acquire will be eligible for 510(k) clearance rather than undergoing a more time consuming pre-market approval procedure, such as the PMA approval process, or that, in any case, they will receive clearance or approval from the FDA.. FDA regulatory processes are time consuming and expensive. Uncertainties as to the time required to obtain FDA clearances or approvals could adversely affect the timing and expense of new product introductions.

The regulations to which we are subject are complex and have tended to become more stringent over time. Regulatory changes could result in restrictions on our ability to continue or expand our operations, higher than anticipated costs, or lower than anticipated sales. The FDA enforces these regulatory requirements through periodic unannounced inspections. Even after we have obtained the proper regulatory clearance or approval to market a product, we have ongoing responsibilities under FDA
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regulations and applicable foreign laws and regulations. The FDA, state and foreign regulatory authorities have broad enforcement powers.

We do not know whether we will pass or be found compliant in any future inspections by FDA or other regulatory authorities. Our failure to comply with applicable regulatory requirements could result in enforcement action by the FDA, state or foreign regulatory authorities which may include any of the following sanctions:

untitled letters or warning letters;
fines, injunctions, consent decrees and civil penalties;
recalls, termination of distribution, administrative detention, or seizure of our products;
customer notifications or repair, replacement or refunds;
operating restrictions or partial suspension or total shutdown of production;
delays in or refusal to grant our requests for future 510(k) clearances, PMA approvals or foreign regulatory approvals of new products, new intended uses, or modifications to existing products;
withdrawals or suspensions of current 510(k) clearances or PMAs or foreign regulatory approvals, resulting in prohibitions on sales of our products;
FDA refusal to issue certificates to foreign governments needed to export products for sale in other countries; and
criminal prosecution.

    The FDA's and other regulatory authorities' policies may change and additional government regulations may be enacted that could prevent, limit or delay regulatory approval or certification of our product candidates. We cannot predict the likelihood, nature or extent of government regulation that may arise from future legislation or administrative action, either in the U.S. or abroad.

In addition, the FDA may change its clearance and approval policies, adopt additional regulations or revise existing regulations, or take other actions which may prevent or delay approval or clearance of our future products under development or otherwise increase the costs associated with compliance.

For example, in September 2019, the FDA issued revised final guidance describing an optional "safety and performance based" pre-market review pathway for manufacturers of "certain, well-understood device types" to demonstrate substantial equivalence under the 510(k) clearance pathway by demonstrating that such device meets objective safety and performance criteria established by the FDA, thereby obviating the need for manufacturers to compare the safety and performance of their medical devices to specific predicate devices in the clearance process. The FDA maintains a list of device types appropriate for the "safety and performance based pathway" and continues to develop product-specific guidance documents that identify the performance criteria for each such device type, as well as recommended testing methods, where feasible. The FDA may establish performance criteria for classes of devices for which we or our competitors seek or currently have received clearance, and it is unclear the extent to which such performance standards, if established, could impact our ability to obtain new 510(k) clearances or otherwise create competition that may negatively affect our business.

In addition, FDA and foreign regulations and guidance are often revised or reinterpreted by the FDA and foreign counterparts in ways that may significantly affect our business and our products. Any new statutes, regulations or revisions or reinterpretations of existing regulations may impose additional costs or lengthen review times of any future products or make it more difficult to obtain clearance, approval, or certification to manufacture, market or distribute our products. We cannot determine what effect changes in regulations, statutes, legal interpretation or policies, when and if promulgated, enacted or adopted may have on our business in the future. Such changes could, among other things, require: additional testing prior to obtaining clearance, approval, or certification; changes to manufacturing methods; recall, replacement or discontinuance of our products; or additional record keeping. For example, in February 2024, the FDA issued a final rule to amend and replace the QSR, which sets forth the FDA’s current good manufacturing practice requirements for medical devices, to align more closely with the International Organization for Standardization standards. Specifically, this final rule, which the FDA expects to go into effect on February 2, 2026, establishes the “Quality Management System Regulation,” (“QMSR”), which among other things, incorporates by reference the quality management system requirements of ISO 13485:2016. Although the FDA has stated that the standards contained in ISO 13485:2016 are substantially similar to those set forth in the QSR, and although our quality system is currently designed to comply with ISO standards in connection with our device certifications outside the United States, it is unclear the extent to which this final rule, once effective, could impose additional or different regulatory requirements on us that could increase the costs of compliance or otherwise negatively affect our business. If we are unable to comply with QMSR, once effective, or with any other changes in the laws or regulations enforced by FDA or comparable regulatory authorities, we may be subject to enforcement action, which could have an adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.
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For instance, the EU landscape concerning medical devices recently evolved. On May 26, 2021, the EU Medical Devices Regulation became applicable and repealed and replaced the EU Medical Devices Directive. Unlike directives, which must be implemented into the national laws of the EU member states, regulations are directly applicable (i.e., without the need for adoption of EU member state laws implementing them) in all EU member states and are intended to eliminate current differences in the regulation of medical devices among EU member states. In accordance with its recently extended transitional provisions, both (i) devices lawfully placed on the market pursuant to the EU Medical Devices Directive prior to May 26, 2021 and (ii) legacy devices lawfully placed on the EU market after May 26, 2021 in accordance with the EU Medical Devices Regulation transitional provisions may generally continue to be made available on the market or put into service, provided that the requirements of the transitional provisions are fulfilled. However, even in this case, manufacturers must comply with a number of new or reinforced requirements set forth in the EU Medical Devices Regulation with regard to registration of economic operators and of devices, post-market surveillance, market surveillance and vigilance requirements.

Subject to the transitional provisions and in order to sell our products in EU member states, our products must comply with the general safety and performance requirements of the EU Medical Devices Regulation, which repeals and replaces EU Medical Devices Directive. All medical devices placed on the market in the EU must meet the general safety and performance requirements laid down in Annex I to the EU Medical Devices Regulation including the requirement that a medical device must be designed and manufactured in such a way that, during normal conditions of use, it is suitable for its intended purpose. Medical devices must be safe and effective and must not compromise the clinical condition or safety of patients, or the safety and health of users and – where applicable – other persons, provided that any risks which may be associated with their use constitute acceptable risks when weighed against the benefits to the patient and are compatible with a high level of protection of health and safety, taking into account the generally acknowledged state of the art. Compliance with these requirements is a prerequisite to be able to affix the CE mark to our products, without which they cannot be sold or marketed in the EU. See – Government Regulation. To demonstrate compliance with the general safety and performance requirements, we must undergo a conformity assessment procedure, which varies according to the type of medical device and its (risk) classification. Except for low risk medical devices (Class I), where the manufacturer can self-assess the conformity of its products with the general safety and performance requirements (except for any parts which relate to sterility, metrology or reuse aspects), a conformity assessment procedure requires the intervention of a notified body. The notified body would typically audit and examine the technical file and the quality system for the manufacture, design and final inspection of our devices. If satisfied that the relevant product conforms to the relevant general safety and performance requirements, the notified body issues a certificate of conformity, which the manufacturer uses as a basis for its own declaration of conformity. The manufacturer may then apply the CE mark to the device, which allows the device to be placed on the market throughout the EU. If we fail to comply with applicable laws and regulations, we would be unable to affix the CE mark to our products, which would prevent us from selling them within the EU.

The aforementioned EU rules are generally applicable in the EEA. Non-compliance with the above requirements would also prevent us from selling our products in these three countries.

The rules applicable in Great Britain differ from the EEA as a result of Brexit. Following the transitional periods whereby existing CE marks continue to be recognized in Great Britain, affixing the UKCA mark is expected to become a prerequisite to be able to place products on the market in Great Britain, without which they cannot be sold or marketed in Great Britain. This might cause increased regulatory burden to our business. See “Part 1, Item 1. Government Regulation - Regulation of Medical Devices in the European Union - Brexit.”

If we or our component manufacturers fail to comply with the FDA's Quality System Regulation or Good Manufacturing Practice regulations or other requirements, our manufacturing operations could be interrupted, and our product sales and operating results could suffer.

In the United States, we and some of our component manufacturers are required to comply with regulatory requirements known as the FDA's QSR, a complex regulatory scheme which covers the procedures and documentation of the design, testing, production, control, quality assurance, inspection, complaint handling, recordkeeping, management review, labeling, packaging, sterilization, storage and shipping of our device products. The QSR applies to the manufacture of medical device components and finished medical devices. The FDA audits compliance with these regulatory requirements through periodic announced and unannounced inspections of manufacturing and other facilities. The FDA may conduct inspections or audits at any time, and we and some of our component suppliers are subject to such inspections. Although we believe our manufacturing facilities and those of our critical component suppliers are in compliance with the QSR requirements, and with other applicable cGMPs for our products, we cannot provide assurance that any future inspection will not result in adverse findings. For example, on October 1, 2021, Smiths Medical received a Warning Letter from the FDA following an inspection of
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Smiths Medical’s Minneapolis, Minnesota Facility on March 30, 2021. The Warning Letter cited, among other things, failures to comply with FDA's medical device reporting requirements and failures to comply with applicable portions of the QSR. There is no guarantee that we will be able to successfully resolve the issues identified in the Warning Letter or do so in a timely manner or that similar compliance issues will not be identified in a future FDA inspection.

If our manufacturing facilities or those of any of our component suppliers are found to be in violation of applicable laws and regulations, or we or our suppliers have significant noncompliance issues or fail to timely and adequately respond to any adverse inspectional observations or product safety issues, or if any corrective action plan that we or our suppliers propose in response to observed deficiencies is not sufficient, the FDA or foreign regulatory authorities could take enforcement action, including any of the following sanctions:

untitled letters or warning letters;
fines, injunctions, consent decrees and civil penalties;
customer notifications or repair, replacement, refunds, recall, detention or seizure of our products;
operating restrictions or partial suspension or total shutdown of production;
refusing or delaying our requests for clearance or approval or certifications of new products or modified products;
withdrawing clearances, approvals, or certifications that have already been granted;
refusal to grant export approval for our products; or
criminal prosecution.

    Any of these sanctions could adversely affect our business, financial condition and operating results.

To market our products in the EU, we must conform to additional requirements and demonstrate conformance to harmonized quality standards. A notified body would typically audit and examine a product's technical dossiers and the manufacturers' quality system (the notified body must presume that quality systems which implement the relevant harmonized standards – which is ISO 13485:2016 for Medical Devices Quality Management Systems – conform to these requirements). Subject to the transitional provisions, manufacturers of medical devices must also comply with the EU Medical Devices Regulation. Compliance with these requirements assure that medical devices are both safe and effective and do not compromise the clinical condition or safety of patients, or the safety and health of users and – where applicable – other persons and meet all applicable established standards prior to being marketed in the EU. There is no assurance that we will continue to meet the requirements for distribution of our products in the EU and the EEA.

    As a result of these new requirements, we may be subject to risks associated with additional testing, modification, certification, or amendment of our existing certifications, or we may be required to modify products already installed at our customers' facilities to comply with the official interpretations of the EU Medical Devices Regulation.

Distribution of our products in other countries may be subject to regulation in those countries, and there is no assurance that we will obtain necessary approvals or certifications in countries in which we want to introduce our products.

The misuse or off-label use of our products may harm our reputation in the marketplace, result in injuries that lead to product liability suits or result in costly investigations, fines or sanctions by regulatory bodies if we are deemed to have engaged in the promotion of these uses, any of which could be costly to our business.

Our products have been cleared, approved or certified by the FDA, foreign regulatory authorities and notified bodies for specific indications of use. We train our marketing personnel and direct sales force to not promote our products for uses outside of the FDA-cleared or approved indications for use, known as "off-label uses." We cannot, however, prevent a physician from using our products off-label, when in the physician's independent professional medical judgment he or she deems it appropriate. There may be increased risk of injury to patients if physicians attempt to use our products off-label. Furthermore, the use of our products for indications other than those cleared or approved by the FDA or approved by any foreign body may not effectively treat such conditions, which could harm our reputation in the marketplace among physicians and patients.

If the FDA or any foreign regulatory authorities determine that our promotional materials or training constitute promotion of an off-label use, it could request that we modify our training or promotional materials or subject us to regulatory or enforcement actions, including the issuance or imposition of an untitled letter, which is used for violators that do not necessitate a warning letter, injunction, seizure, civil fine or criminal penalties. It is also possible that enforcement authorities might take action under other regulatory authority, such as false claims laws, if they consider our business activities to constitute promotion of an off-label use, which could result in significant penalties, including, but not limited to, criminal, civil
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and administrative penalties, damages, fines, disgorgement, exclusion from participation in government healthcare programs and the curtailment of our operations.

    In addition, physicians may misuse our products or use improper techniques if they are not adequately trained, potentially leading to injury and an increased risk of product liability. If our products are misused or used with improper technique, we may become subject to costly litigation by our customers or their patients.

Litigation, product liability claims or product recalls could be costly and could expose us to loss.

The use of our products exposes us to an inherent risk of product liability. Further, the medical device industry has historically been subject to extensive litigation and we cannot offer any assurance that we will not face product liability or other lawsuits in the future. Patients, healthcare workers, healthcare providers or others who claim that our products have resulted in injury could initiate product liability litigation seeking large damage awards against us. Costs of the defense of such litigation, even if successful, could be substantial. We maintain insurance against product liability and defense costs in the amount of $40 million per occurrence. However, legal proceedings are inherently unpredictable, and the outcome can result in judgments that affect how we operate our business, or we may enter into settlements of claims for monetary damages that exceed our insurance coverage, if any is available. A successful claim against us in excess of insurance coverage could materially and adversely affect us, and result in substantial liabilities and reputational harm including product recalls or withdrawals from the market, withdrawal of clinical trial participants or clinical studies, the inability to commercialize our existing or new products, distraction of management’s attention from our primary business or decreased demand for our products or, if cleared or approved, products in development.

Any attempts we take to manage our product liability exposure, for example, by proactively recalling or withdrawing from the market any defective products, and any required recall or market withdrawal of our products may delay the supply of those products to our customers and may impact our reputation. We can provide no assurance that we will be successful in initiating appropriate market recall or market withdrawal efforts that may be required in the future or that these efforts will have the intended effect of preventing product malfunctions and the accompanying product liability that may result. Such recalls and withdrawals may also be used by our competitors to harm our reputation for safety or be perceived by patients as a safety risk when considering the use of our products, either of which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Additionally, we generally offer a limited warranty for product returns which are due to defects in quality and workmanship. We attempt to estimate our potential liability for future product returns and establish reserves on our financial statements in amounts that we believe will be sufficient to address our warranty obligations; however, our actual liability for product returns may significantly exceed the amount of our reserves. If we underestimate our potential liability for future product returns, or if unanticipated events result in returns that exceed our historical experience, our financial condition and operating results could be materially and adversely affected.

Our products may cause or contribute to adverse medical events or be subject to failures or malfunctions that we are required to report to the FDA and foreign regulatory authorities, and if we fail to do so, we would be subject to sanctions that could harm our reputation, business, financial condition and results of operations. The discovery of serious safety issues with our products, or a recall of our products either voluntarily or at the direction of the FDA or another governmental authority, could have a negative impact on us.

    We are subject to the FDA's medical device reporting regulations and similar foreign regulations, which require us to report to the FDA and foreign regulatory authorities when we receive or become aware of information that reasonably suggests that one or more of our products may have caused or contributed to a death or serious injury or malfunctioned in a way that, if the malfunction were to recur, it could cause or contribute to a death or serious injury. The timing of our obligation to report is triggered by the date we become aware of the adverse event as well as the nature of the event. We may fail to report adverse events of which we become aware within the prescribed timeframe. We may also fail to recognize that we have become aware of a reportable adverse event, especially if it is not reported to us as an adverse event or if it is an adverse event that is unexpected or removed in time from the use of the product. If we fail to comply with our reporting obligations, the FDA or foreign regulatory authorities could take action, including warning letters, untitled letters, administrative actions, criminal prosecution, imposition of civil monetary penalties, revocation of our device clearances, approvals or certifications, seizure of our products or delay in clearance, approval, or certification of future products.

The FDA and foreign regulatory bodies have the authority to require the recall of commercialized products in the event of material deficiencies or defects in design or manufacture of a product or in the event that a product poses an unacceptable
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risk to health. The FDA’s authority to require a recall must be based on a finding that there is reasonable probability that the device could cause serious injury or death. We may also choose to voluntarily recall a product if any material deficiency is found. A government-mandated or voluntary recall by us could occur as a result of an unacceptable risk to health, component failures, malfunctions, manufacturing defects, labeling or design deficiencies, packaging defects or other deficiencies or failures to comply with applicable regulations. Product defects or other errors may occur in the future. For example, on June 26, 2020, Smiths Medical ASD initiated Class 1 recalls of a Medfusion Syringe Pump. We can provide no assurance that our efforts to work with the FDA to complete the Class 1 recall, and ultimately close, this product recall will be accomplished in a timely manner, or at all. In addition, the costs associated with conducting and closing this recall or any other product recalls, including any liabilities we may incur, could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

    Depending on the corrective action we take to redress a product's deficiencies or defects, the FDA or foreign regulatory agencies may require, or we may decide, that we will need to obtain new clearances, approvals or certifications for the device before we may market or distribute the corrected device. Seeking such clearances, approvals or certifications may delay our ability to replace the recalled devices in a timely manner. Moreover, if we do not adequately address problems associated with our devices, we may face additional regulatory enforcement action, including FDA or foreign regulatory authorities warning letters, product seizure, injunctions, administrative penalties or civil or criminal fines.

    Companies are required to maintain certain records of recalls and corrections, even if they are not reportable to the FDA or foreign regulatory authorities. We may initiate voluntary withdrawals or corrections for our products in the future that we determine do not require notification of the FDA or foreign regulatory authorities. If the FDA or foreign regulatory authorities disagree with our determinations, it could require us to report those actions as recalls and we may be subject to enforcement action. A future recall announcement could harm our reputation with customers, potentially lead to product liability claims against us and negatively affect our sales. Any corrective action, whether voluntary or involuntary, as well as defending ourselves in a lawsuit, will require the dedication of our time and capital, distract management from operating our business and may harm our reputation and financial results.

Geographic Risks

Our operations may be adversely impacted by our exposure to risks related to foreign currency exchange rates.

We face exposure to adverse movements in foreign currency exchange rates due to our operations in foreign markets through our foreign subsidiaries and other international distributors. Our primary foreign currency exchange rate exposures are currently with the Euro, Mexican Peso, Canadian Dollar, Czech Koruna, Japanese Yen, Chinese Renminbi, and the Australian Dollar against the U.S. dollar. Our income and expenses are based on a mix of currencies, and a decline in one currency relative to the other currencies could adversely affect our operating results. Furthermore, our operating results are reported in U.S. dollars, using the exchange rate in effect at the balance sheet date, or, for revenues and expenses, using the average monthly exchange rates during the year. Accordingly, our operating results have been and continue to be subject to volatility due to fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates. Generally, when the U.S. dollar weakens against these currencies, the dollar value of foreign-currency denominated revenue and expense increases, and when the U.S. dollar strengthens against these currencies, the dollar value of foreign-currency denominated revenue and expense decreases. We are also exposed to foreign currency risk on outstanding foreign currency denominated receivables and payables. Currency exchange rates have been especially volatile in the recent past. Accordingly, changes in foreign currency exchange rates have adversely affected and may continue to adversely affect our results of operations. During 2023, we recorded $5.9 million in foreign exchange losses due to the volatility of foreign exchange rates such as the strengthening of the Mexican Peso which impacted margins and the devaluation of the Argentine Peso. See Item 7. “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” for a further discussion of the financial impact of exchange rate fluctuations on our results of operations. Fluctuations in currency exchange rates are caused by a number of factors that are beyond our control, including a country’s political and economic policies, inflationary conditions, disruptions in the financial markets, and global economic and geopolitical conditions.

We currently only partially hedge against our foreign currency exchange rate risks, related to certain forecasted foreign currency-denominated revenues and expenses. We, therefore, believe our exposure to these risks may be higher than if we entered into hedging transactions, including forward exchange contracts or similar instruments that covered the company on a consolidated basis. If we decide in the future to enter into additional forward foreign exchange contracts to attempt to reduce the risk related to foreign currency exchange rates, these contracts may not mitigate the potential adverse impact on our financial results due to the limitations and difficulty forecasting future activity. In addition, these types of contracts may themselves cause financial harm to us and have inherent levels of counter-party risk over which we would have no control. We attempt to mitigate a portion of foreign currency exchange rate risks through foreign currency hedging. Our hedging activities, however, may not sufficiently offset the adverse financial impact caused by unfavorable movement in foreign currency exchange rates
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applicable to our business, and such exchange rate impacts could materially adversely affect our financial condition or results of operations. See “Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.”

Any significant changes in U.S. trade, tax or other policies that restrict imports or increase import tariffs could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.

    A significant amount of our products are manufactured outside of the U.S. The U.S. government has recently initiated substantial changes in U.S. trade policy and U.S. trade agreements, including the initiation of tariffs on certain foreign goods. In response to these tariffs, certain foreign governments, including China, have instituted or are considering imposing tariffs on certain U.S. goods. For example, in 2018, the U.S. imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum as well as on goods imported from China and certain other countries, which has resulted in retaliatory tariffs by China and other countries. Additional tariffs imposed by the U.S. on a broader range of imports, or further retaliatory trade measures taken by other countries in response, could prevent or make it difficult for us to obtain the components needed for new products which would affect our sales. Increased tariffs would require us to increase our prices which likely would decrease customer and consumer demand for our products. Additionally, we are subject to income taxes in the U.S. and numerous foreign jurisdictions. Any significant changes in current U.S. trade, tax or other policies could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.

International sales pose additional risks related to competition with larger international companies and established local companies and higher credit risk.

We have undertaken an initiative to increase our international sales, and have distribution arrangements in all the principal countries in Western Europe, the Pacific Rim, Middle East, Latin America, Canada and South Africa. We plan to sell in most other areas of the world. We export most of our products sold internationally primarily from the U.S. and Mexico and to a lesser extent Costa Rica. Our principal competitors in international markets consist of much larger companies as well as smaller companies already established in the countries into which we sell our products. Our cost structure is often higher than that of our competitors because of the relatively high cost of transporting products to some local markets as well as our competitors’ lower local labor costs in some markets.

Our international sales are subject to higher credit risks than sales in the U.S. Many of our distributors are small and may not be well capitalized. Payment terms are relatively long. The European hospitals tend to be significantly slower in payment which has resulted in and may continue to result in an increase to our days sales outstanding from previous years. Our prices to our international distributors, outside of Europe, for products shipped to the customers from the U.S., Costa Rica or Mexico are generally denominated in U.S. dollars, but their resale prices are set in their local currency. A decline in the value of the local currency in relation to the U.S. dollar has in prior years adversely affected and may in future years adversely affect their ability to profitably sell in their market the products they buy from us, and has in prior years adversely affected and may in future years adversely affect their ability to make payment to us for the products they purchase. Legal recourse for non-payment of indebtedness may be uncertain. These factors all contribute to a potential for credit losses.

We are dependent on manufacturing in Mexico, and could be adversely affected by that region's increased labor costs and any economic, social or political disruptions.

Most of the material we use in manufacturing is imported into Mexico, and substantially all of the products we manufacture in Mexico are exported. Business activity in the Ensenada area has expanded significantly, providing increased employment opportunities. This has had and may continue to have an adverse effect on our ability to hire or retain necessary personnel and has resulted in and may continue to result in higher labor costs. In addition, minimum wages in regions within which we operate have increased labor costs significantly. We continue to take steps to compete for labor through attractive employment conditions and benefits, but there is no assurance that these steps will continue to be successful or that we will not continue to face increasing labor costs in the future.

    Any political or economic disruption in Mexico or a change in its local economies could have an adverse effect on our operations. We depend on our ability to move goods across borders quickly, and any disruption in the free flow of goods across national borders could have an adverse effect on our business. Additionally, political and social instability resulting from violence in certain areas of Mexico has raised concerns about the safety of our personnel. These concerns may hinder our ability to send domestic personnel abroad and to hire and retain local personnel. Such concerns may require us to conduct more operations from the U.S. rather than Mexico, which may negatively impact our operations and result in higher costs and inefficiencies.

We could be adversely affected by violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other worldwide anti-bribery laws.

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The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and anti-bribery laws in other jurisdictions generally prohibit companies and their intermediaries from making improper payments for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business or other commercial advantage. Our policies mandate compliance with these anti-bribery laws, which often carry substantial penalties, including criminal and civil fines, potential loss of export licenses, possible suspension of the ability to do business with the federal government, denial of government reimbursement for products and exclusion from participation in government healthcare programs. We operate in jurisdictions that have experienced governmental and private sector corruption to some degree, and, in certain circumstances, strict compliance with anti-bribery laws may conflict with certain local customs and practices. We cannot assure that our internal control policies and procedures always will protect us from reckless or other inappropriate acts committed by our affiliates, employees, distributors or other agents. Violations of these laws, or allegations of such violations, could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial position and results of operations.

We are subject to risks associated with doing business outside of the U.S.

We operate in a global market and global operations are subject to a number of risks. Sales to customers outside of the U.S. composed approximately 36% of our revenues in 2023 and as our operations and sales located in Europe and other areas outside the U.S. increase, we may face new challenges and uncertainties, although we can give no assurance that such operations and sales will increase.

The risks associated with our operations outside the U.S. include, without limitation:

economic and political uncertainty;
changes in non-U.S. government programs;
multiple non-U.S. regulatory requirements that are subject to change and that could restrict our ability to manufacture and sell our products;
different local medical practices, product preferences and product requirements;
possible failure to comply with trade protection and restriction measures and import or export licensing requirements;
difficulty in establishing, staffing and managing non-U.S. operations;
different labor regulations or work stoppages or strikes;
changing geopolitical conditions arising from political instability and any actual or anticipated military or political conflicts (such as the conflict in Ukraine and in the Middle East);
economic instability in other parts of the world and the impact on interest rates, inflation and the credit worthiness of our customers in foreign countries, such as the devaluation of the Argentine Peso;
uncertainties regarding judicial systems and procedures;
minimal or diminished protection of intellectual property in some countries;
natural disasters or outbreak of diseases or pandemics;
fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates;
changes to international trade agreements and trade relationships and conflicts between countries; and
imposition of government controls, such as economic sanctions and export controls.

These risks, individually or in the aggregate, could have an adverse effect on our results of operations and financial condition. The occurrence or allegation of these types of risks may adversely affect our business, performance, prospects, value, financial condition, and results of operations.

Risks Related to our Strategic Transactions

The Smiths Medical acquisition completed in January 2022 has resulted in organizational changes and an increase in size to our business. If we fail to effectively manage this growth and change to our business in a manner that preserves our reputation with customers and the key aspects of our corporate culture, our business, financial condition and results of operations could be harmed.

The Smiths Medical acquisition has resulted in significant growth in our personnel and operations, adding approximately 6,700 employees to our headcount at the time of acquisition. Our total headcount as of December 31, 2023 is approximately 14,000 employees. We have incurred and continue to incur significant expenditures and the allocation of management time to assimilate the Smiths Medical employees in a manner that preserves the key aspects of our corporate culture, including a focus on strong customer satisfaction, but there can be no assurance that we will be successful in our efforts. If we do not effectively integrate, train and manage our combined employee base and maintain strong customer relationships, our corporate culture could be undermined, the quality of our products and customer service could suffer, and our reputation could be harmed, each of which could adversely impact our business, financial condition and results of operations.
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The Smiths Medical acquisition was a significant acquisition for us and the product offerings within Smiths Medical are not product offerings that we previously offered. The success of our business will depend, in part, on our ability to realize our anticipated benefits, opportunities and synergies from combining our legacy businesses and Smiths Medical. We can provide no assurance that the anticipated benefits of the Smiths Medical acquisition will be fully realized in the time frame anticipated or at all. Integrating the operations of Smiths Medical with that of our legacy business has been and continues to be a complex, costly and time-consuming process. The integration process may disrupt the businesses and, if implemented ineffectively, would restrict the realization of the full expected benefits. The failure to meet the challenges involved in integrating the two businesses could cause an interruption of, or a loss of momentum in, the activities of the combined businesses and could adversely affect the results of operations of the combined businesses. Potential difficulties that may be encountered in the integration process include the following:

challenges in preserving important strategic customer and other third-party relationships of both businesses;
the diversion of management’s attention to integration matters;
challenges in maintaining employee morale and retaining or attracting key employees;
potential incompatibility of corporate cultures;
costs, delays and other difficulties consolidating corporate and administrative infrastructures and information systems and implementing common systems and procedures including, in particular, our internal controls over financial reporting; and
coordinating and integrating a geographically dispersed organization, including operations in jurisdictions we did not operate in prior to the Smiths Medical transaction.

Any one or all of these factors may increase operating costs or lower anticipated financial performance. Achieving the anticipated benefits and the potential benefits underlying our reasons for the Smiths Medical business acquisition will depend on successful integration of the businesses. Because of the significance of the Smiths Medical business acquisition to us, our failure to successfully integrate the Smiths Medical business with that of our own could have a material adverse impact on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

The actual impact of the Smiths Medical acquisition on our financial results may be worse than the assumptions we have used.

We have made certain assumptions relating to the impact on our financial results of the Smiths Medical acquisition. These assumptions relate to numerous matters, including the acquisition costs, transaction and integration costs, and other financial and strategic risks of the acquisition. If one or more of these assumptions are incorrect, it could have an adverse effect on our business and operating results, and the perceived benefits from the acquisition may not be realized. For example, our vascular access product sales have been less than anticipated because of supply chain constraints prior to the closing of the acquisition which resulted in elevated back orders and eventual customer losses.

If we are unable to effectively manage our internal growth or growth through acquisitions of companies, assets or products, our financial performance may be adversely affected.

We may expand our product offerings through acquisitions of companies or product lines from time to time. We can provide no assurance that we will be able to identify, acquire, develop or profitably manage additional companies or operations or successfully integrate such companies or operations into our existing operations without substantial costs, delays or other challenges. In 2022, we acquired the Smiths Medical business, which includes syringe and ambulatory infusion devices, vascular access, and vital care products, but we have made and continue to make significant integration efforts to achieve the anticipated benefits. See “The Smiths Medical acquisition completed in January 2022 has resulted in organizational changes and significant growth to our business. If we fail to effectively manage this growth and change to our business in a manner that preserves our reputation with customers and the key aspects of our corporate culture, our business, financial condition and results of operations could be harmed.

We have additional production facilities outside the U.S. to reduce labor costs. We intend to continue to expand our marketing and distribution capability, which may include external expansion through acquisitions both in the U.S. and foreign markets. The expansion of our marketing, distribution and product offerings both internally and through acquisitions or by contract may place substantial burdens on our management resources and financial controls. Decentralization of assembly and manufacturing could place further burdens on management to manage those operations and maintain efficiencies and quality control.

The increasing burdens on our management resources and financial controls resulting from internal growth and acquisitions could adversely affect our operating results. In addition, acquisitions may involve a number of special risks in
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addition to the difficulty of integrating cultures and operations and the diversion of management’s attention, including adverse short-term effects on our reported operating results, dependence on retention, hiring and training of key personnel, risks associated with unanticipated problems or legal liabilities, and amortization of acquired intangible assets, some or all of which could materially and adversely affect our operations and financial performance.

For the Smiths Medical acquisition, we used a significant portion of our cash on hand and incurred a substantial amount of debt to finance the cash consideration portion and certain other amounts paid in connection with the Smiths Medical acquisition, which could adversely affect our business, including by restricting our ability to engage in additional transactions or incur additional indebtedness.

At December 31, 2023 and 2022, we had $254.7 million and $213.5 million of cash, cash equivalents and investment securities on hand, respectively, which was significantly less in each case than the approximately $571.9 million of cash, cash equivalents and investment securities we had as of December 31, 2021, primarily as a result of the use of existing cash to partially fund the Smiths Medical acquisition. Although our management believes that we continue to have sufficient access to cash to meet our business objectives and capital needs, we currently have a decreased availability of cash, cash equivalents and investment securities and expect to continue to have such decreased availability of cash for the foreseeable future which could constrain our ability to grow our business. Furthermore, in connection with the Smiths Medical transaction and the payment of the cash consideration, we entered into Senior Secured Credit Facilities (the "Senior Secured Credit Facilities") of $2.2 billion consisting of a term loan A facility of $850.0 million, a term loan B facility of $850.0 million and a revolving credit facility of $500.0 million. As a result of entering into the Senior Secured Credit Facilities, we incurred additional borrowing costs. At December 31, 2023, our long-term debt outstanding was $1.6 billion. Our more leveraged financial position following the Smiths Medical transaction could make us more vulnerable to general economic downturns and industry conditions, and place us at a competitive disadvantage relative to our competitors. In the event that we do not have adequate capital to maintain or develop our business and need to seek additional financing, additional capital may not be available to us on a timely basis, on favorable terms, or at all. Moreover, our Senior Secured Credit Facilities have certain restrictions that may limit how we operate our business, including our ability to engage in certain transactions and incur additional indebtedness, and our business may be materially and adversely affected if these restrictions prevent us from implementing our business plan. See “Business and Operating Risks - The agreements governing our debt contain a number of restrictive covenants which limit our flexibility in operating our business, finance future operations or pursue our business strategies.

We have and may continue to acquire businesses, form strategic alliances or make investments in businesses or technologies. Such transactions or investments could result in unforeseen operating difficulties or expenditures and require significant management resources, charges or write-downs that could adversely impact our business and operating results.

We have and may continue to seek to supplement our internal growth through acquisitions of complementary businesses, technologies, services, or products, as well as investments and strategic alliances. We compete for those opportunities with others including our competitors, some of which have greater financial or operational resources than we do. We may not be able to identify suitable acquisition candidates or strategic partners, we may have inadequate access to information or insufficient time to complete due diligence, and we may not be able to complete such transactions on favorable terms, if at all. Such transactions are inherently risky, and the integration of any newly-acquired business requires significant effort and management attention that otherwise would be available for ongoing development of our other businesses.

The success of any acquisition, investment or alliance may be affected by a number of factors, including our ability to properly assess and value the potential business opportunity or to successfully integrate any business we may acquire into our existing business. Integration of an acquired business also may disrupt our ongoing operations and require management resources that we would otherwise focus on developing our existing business. For example, we acquired the HIS business in February 2017, which includes IV pumps, solutions, and devices in order to create a leading pure-play infusion therapy company, and we acquired Smiths Medical in January 2022, which includes syringe and ambulatory infusion devices, vascular access, and vital care products. We invested significant time and resources into the HIS integration in order to achieve the anticipated benefits of the transaction, and we have been and continue to do the same with the Smiths Medical integration.

In addition, any acquisition could result in the incurrence of debt, contingent liabilities or future write-offs of intangible assets or goodwill, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations
and cash flows. We may also experience losses related to investments in other companies, which could have an adverse effect on our results of operations and financial condition. As such, there can be no assurance that any past or future transactions or investments will be successful.

ITEM 1B. UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS
 
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ICU MEDICAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
None

ITEM 1C. CYBERSECURITY

Cybersecurity Risk Management

We have developed and implemented a cybersecurity risk management program intended to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of our critical systems and information. Our cybersecurity risk management program includes a cybersecurity incident response plan.

We leverage guidance from the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework (“NIST CSF”), which provides an outline of enterprise security processes and controls, to inform the design and assessment of our cybersecurity risk management program. This does not imply that we meet any particular technical standards, specifications, or requirements, only that we use the NIST CSF as a guide to help us identify, assess, and manage cybersecurity risks relevant to our business.

Our cybersecurity risk management program is overseen by a cross-functional team comprised of our business-functional and IT employees. Our cybersecurity risk management program is integrated into our overall enterprise risk management program, and shares common methodologies, reporting channels and governance processes that apply across the enterprise risk management program to other legal, compliance, strategic, operational, and financial risk areas.

Our cybersecurity risk management program includes:

risk assessments designed to help identify material cybersecurity risks to our critical systems, information, products, services, and our broader enterprise IT environment;

evaluations of our readiness to assess, respond and, as applicable, recover from potential cybersecurity incidents;

the use of external service providers, where appropriate, to assess, test or otherwise assist with aspects of our security controls;

cybersecurity training to educate our employees (including senior management and incident response personnel), consultants, and other users about their individual responsibilities regarding protecting our IT systems and data;

a third-party risk management process for service providers, suppliers and vendors who have access to our critical systems and information.

We have not identified risks from known cybersecurity threats, including as a result of any prior cybersecurity incidents, that have materially affected or are reasonably likely to materially affect us, including our operations, business strategy, results of operations, or financial condition. For more information, see the section titled “Risk Factor—Market and Other External Risks—Failure to protect our information technology systems against security breaches, service interruptions, or misappropriation of data could disrupt operations, compromise sensitive data, and expose us to liability, possibly causing our business and reputation to suffer.”

Cybersecurity Governance

Our cybersecurity risk management program is led by our Chief Information Officer (“CIO”) through our Information Security Committee (“ISC”), which includes a cross-functional group of senior leaders who are responsible for the dissemination and promotion of our cybersecurity strategy, implementation of cybersecurity objectives and top-down communication and monitoring of the risk management program as described above. Our ISC is responsible for the regular oversight of cybersecurity risk, information security and technology risk and assessing and managing our material risks from cybersecurity threats and supervises both our internal cybersecurity personnel and our retained external cybersecurity consultants.

Our ISC facilitates communications between executive, business/process level and the implementation/operations level to coordinate the implementation of our cybersecurity risk program. The ISC team meets on a regular basis, at least quarterly and more frequently as needed, to discuss significant initiatives, critical metrics and address certain risk responses.

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Our ISC members includes our CIO and our Director of IT Security, Risk and Compliance who have a combined 20 years of risk management experience encompassing cybersecurity and technology security, such as threat assessments, risk management, cybersecurity insurance, incident response, end user awareness and vulnerability management.

Our Board considers cybersecurity risk as part of its risk oversight function and has delegated to the Audit Committee oversight of cybersecurity and other information technology risks. Our Audit Committee oversees management’s implementation of our cybersecurity risk management program. On a quarterly basis, our Audit Committee receives updates from our CIO with respect to the status of our cybersecurity initiatives to strengthen our cybersecurity risk management. In addition, our CISO updates the Audit Committee, as necessary, regarding any material cybersecurity incidents, as well as any incidents with lesser impact potential. Our Audit Committee discusses the potential impact of cybersecurity risks on our financial condition, results of operations or our reputation. Our Audit Committee periodically reports to the Board regarding its activities, including those related to cybersecurity. The Board also periodically receives briefings from management on our cyber risk management program. Board members receive periodic presentations on cybersecurity topics from our CISO, internal security staff or external experts as part of the Board’s continuing education on topics that impact public companies.

ITEM 2. PROPERTIES

Our material properties used by us in connection with our corporate administrative operations, manufacturing, distribution, research and development and service centers as of December 31, 2023, are as follows:
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LocationApproximate Square FootagePrimary UseOwned/Leased
San Clemente, California, U.S.39,000Corporate Headquarters and R&DOwned
San Clemente, California, U.S.19,958Corporate HeadquartersLeased
San Diego, California, U.S.44,779Corporate Offices and R&DLeased
Lake Forest, Illinois, U.S.137,498Corporate OfficesLeased
Dublin, Ohio, U.S.13,021Corporate OfficesLeased
Houten, Netherlands7,341Corporate OfficesLeased
Montreal, Canada31,890Corporate Offices/Device Service CenterLeased
Rydalmere, NSW Australia14,735Corporate Offices/Device Service CenterLeased
Chennai, India36,879R&DLeased
Plymouth, Minnesota, U.S.182,250Corporate OfficesLeased
Kent, United Kingdom24,172Corporate OfficesLeased
Ontario, Canada25,020Corporate OfficesLeased
Grasbrunn, Germany38,155Corporate Offices/Device Service CenterLeased
Austin, Texas, U.S.594,602ManufacturingOwned
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico265,021ManufacturingOwned
La Aurora, Costa Rica626,869ManufacturingOwned
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.450,000Manufacturing/Device Service CenterOwned
Dublin, Ohio, U.S.117,212ManufacturingOwned
Gary, Indiana, U.S.40,316ManufacturingOwned
Southington, Connecticut, U.S.132,000ManufacturingOwned
Tijuana, Mexico (multiple locations)243,935ManufacturingLeased
Hranice, Czech Republic129,953ManufacturingLeased
Latina, Italy62,400ManufacturingLeased
Keene, New Hampshire, U.S.141,195Warehouse/ManufacturingOwned
Oakdale, Minnesota, U.S.93,648Warehouse/Manufacturing/Device Service CenterLeased
Round Rock, Texas, U.S.71,960Warehouse/ManufacturingOwned
Dallas, Texas, U.S.610,806Distribution WarehouseLeased
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, U.S.105,571Distribution WarehouseOwned
Santa Fe Springs, California, U.S.76,794Distribution WarehouseOwned
Wijchen, Netherlands149,565Distribution WarehouseLeased
Olive Branch, Mississippi, U.S.239,863Distribution WarehouseLeased
Sligo, Ireland26,000Device service centerLeased

In addition to the above, we own and lease additional office and building space, research and development, and sales and support offices primarily in North America, Europe, South America, and Asia. We believe our existing facilities, both owned and leased, are in good condition and suitable for the conduct of our business.

ITEM 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

The information required with respect to this Item 3. is discussed in Part II, Item 8. "Financial Statements and Supplementary Data" of this Annual Report on Form 10-K in Note 15. Commitments and Contingencies to the Consolidated Financial Statements, and is incorporated herein by reference. 

ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES
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Not applicable.

PART II

ITEM 5. MARKET FOR REGISTRANT'S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS, AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

Market Information for Common Stock
 
Our common stock trades on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol “ICUI.”

Dividends
 
We have never paid dividends and do not anticipate paying dividends in the foreseeable future as the Board of Directors intends to retain future earnings for use in our business to pay down our long-term debt or to purchase our shares. Any future determination as to payment of dividends or purchase of our shares will depend upon our financial condition, results of operations and such other factors as the Board of Directors deems relevant.

Stockholders
 
As of January 31, 2024, we had 44 stockholders of record. This does not include persons whose shares are held in nominee or “street name” accounts through brokers.

Securities authorized for issuance under equity compensation plans are discussed in Part III, Item 12 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
 
The following is a summary of our stock repurchasing activity during the fourth quarter of 2023:
PeriodShares
purchased
Average
price paid
per share
Shares
purchased
as part of a
publicly
announced
program
Approximate
dollar value that
may yet be
purchased
under the
program(1)
10/01/2023 - 10/31/2023— $— — $100,000,000 
11/01/2023 - 11/30/2023— $— — $100,000,000 
12/01/2023 - 12/31/2023— $— — $100,000,000 
Fourth quarter 2023 total— $— — $100,000,000 
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(1)    Our common stock purchase plan, which authorized the repurchase of up to $100.0 million of our common stock, was authorized by our Board of Directors and publicly announced in August 2019. This plan has no expiration date. We are not obligated to make any purchases under our stock purchase program. Subject to applicable state and federal corporate and securities laws, purchases under a stock purchase program may be made at such times and in such amounts as we deem appropriate, depending on a variety of factors, including our financial position, earnings, share price, capital requirements, other investment opportunities (including mergers and acquisitions and related financings), market conditions and other factors. Purchases made under our stock purchase program can be discontinued at any time we determine additional purchases are not warranted.


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COMPARISON OF CUMULATIVE TOTAL RETURN FROM DECEMBER 31, 2018 TO DECEMBER 31, 2023 OF ICU MEDICAL, INC., NASDAQ AND NASDAQ MEDICAL SUPPLIES INDEX
The following graph shows the total stockholder return on our common stock based on the market price of the common stock from December 31, 2018 to December 31, 2023 and the total returns of the NASDAQ U.S. Index and NASDAQ Medical Supplies Index for the same period.

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12/31/201812/31/201912/31/202012/31/202112/31/202212/31/2023
ICU Medical, Inc.100.0081.4993.41103.3668.5843.44
Nasdaq U.S. Index100.00131.17159.07200.26160.75203.23
Nasdaq Medical Supplies Index100.00131.83167.31200.81131.67139.30

Assumes $100 invested on December 31, 2018 in ICU Medical Inc.’s common stock, the NASDAQ U.S. Index and the NASDAQ Medical Supplies Index and that all dividends, if any, were reinvested.

ITEM 6. RESERVED

Not applicable.

ITEM 7. MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

You should read the following discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations together with our consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. This discussion contains forward-looking statements based upon current plans, expectations and beliefs involving risks and uncertainties. Our actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including those set forth under Part I, Item 1A. “Risk Factors” or in other sections of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Business Overview and Highlights

We develop, manufacture, and sell innovative medical products used in infusion systems, infusion consumables and high-value critical care products used in hospital, alternate site and home care settings. Our team is focused on providing quality, innovation and value to our clinical customers worldwide. Our product portfolio includes ambulatory, syringe, and large volume IV pumps and safety software; dedicated and non-dedicated IV sets, needlefree IV connectors, peripheral IV
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catheters, and sterile IV solutions; closed system transfer devices and pharmacy compounding systems; as well as a range of respiratory, anesthesia, patient monitoring, and temperature management products.

As part of the integration of our acquisition of Smiths Medical, we have renamed our business units and reorganized the products thereunder and, as of January 1, 2023, our business unit structure is composed of Consumables, Infusion Systems and Vital Care. All prior periods herein have been retrospectively conformed to the current presentation.

Supply Constraints, Global Geopolitical Events

We have experienced significant impacts to our business as a result of global economic challenges, resulting from, among other events, the COVID-19 pandemic and the continuing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. These impacts, which negatively impacted our gross profit margin during 2022 and 2023, include rising inflation, especially with respect to freight costs driven by higher fuel prices, increased cost and shortages of raw materials, and supply chain disruptions. We expect the pressure on the supply chain to continue and freight costs to remain subject to volatility in the market for the foreseeable future. The rising interest rates and foreign currency impact due to the strengthening of the U.S. dollar and Mexican peso and the devaluation of the Argentine Peso have also impacted our results of operations during 2022 and 2023. These challenges arising from global economic conditions could worsen as a result of the current armed conflict in the Middle East, which is highly uncertain at this time.

While we continually monitor the ongoing and evolving impact of the above events on our operations the overall impact remains uncertain and may not be fully reflected in our results of operations until future periods. The overall impact to our results of operations will depend on a number of factors, many of which are out of our control, such as the duration and extent of the current global economic challenges, including any impact from conflicts in Eastern Europe and the Middle East more generally, and the resurgence of the pandemic or the emergence of a new public health crisis, none of which can be fully predicted at this time. See "Part I. Item 1A. Risk Factors: Heightened inflation, higher interest rates and foreign currency rate fluctuations as a result of global macroeconomic and geopolitical conditions have had and could in the future have a material adverse effect on our operations” for a discussion of risks and uncertainties.
    
Consolidated Results of Operations

We present our consolidated statements of operations for each of the three years ended December 31, 2023, 2022 and 2021 in Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data. The following table shows, for each of the three most recent years, the respective percentages of items in our statements of operations in relation to total revenues: 
 Percentage of Revenues
 202320222021
Total revenues100 %100 %100 %
Gross profit33 %31 %37 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses27 %27 %23 %
Research and development expenses%%%
Restructuring, strategic transaction and integration expenses%%%
Change in fair value of contingent earn-out(1)%(1)%— %
Contract settlement— %— %— %
Total operating expenses32 %33 %28 %
Income from operations%(2)%%
Interest expense(4)%(3)%— %
Other income, net— %— %— %
(Loss) income before income taxes(3)%(5)%%
(Benefit) provision for income taxes(2)%(2)%%
Net (loss) income(1)%(3)%%
 
Total revenues were $2.3 billion, $2.3 billion and $1.3 billion for 2023, 2022 and 2021, respectively.

The following table sets forth, for the periods indicated, total revenue by product line as a percentage of total revenue:  
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Year Ended December 31,
Product line202320222021
Consumables43 %43 %42 %
Infusion Systems28 %27 %27 %
Vital Care29 %30 %31 %
 100 %100 %100 %

We manage our product distribution through a network of owned and leased distribution facilities in combination with independent distributors and third-party fulfillment and logistics providers. Our end customers, which include healthcare providers and original equipment manufacturer suppliers, may order and receive our products directly from us or through an independent full-line distributor.

In the U.S. a substantial amount of our products are sold to group purchasing organization ("GPO") member hospitals. We believe that as healthcare providers continue to either consolidate or join major buying organizations, the success of our products will depend, in part, on our ability, either independently or through strategic relationships to secure long-term contracts with large healthcare providers and major buying organizations. 

Seasonality/Quarterly Results
 
There are no significant seasonal aspects to our business.  We can experience fluctuations in net sales as a result of variations in the ordering patterns of our largest customers, which may be driven more by production scheduling and customer inventory levels, and less by seasonality. Our expenses often do not fluctuate in the same manner as net sales, which may cause fluctuations in operating income that are disproportionate to fluctuations in our revenue. 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to comparing changes in revenue on a U.S. GAAP basis, we also compare the changes in revenue from one period to another using constant currency. The presentation of revenues on a constant currency basis is a non-GAAP financial measure that excludes the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates that occurred between the comparative periods. We provide constant currency information to enhance the visibility of underlying business trends, excluding the effects of changes in foreign currency translation rates. We believe this information is useful to investors to facilitate comparisons and better identify trends in our business. Our constant currency revenues reflect current year local currency revenues at prior year's average exchange rates. We consistently apply this approach to revenues for all currencies where the functional currency is not the U.S. dollar. These results should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, results reported in accordance with GAAP. Revenues on a constant currency basis, as we present them, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies and are not measures of performance presented in accordance with GAAP.

Consumables

The following table summarizes our total Consumables revenue (in millions, except percentages):
Year Ended December 31,$ change % change $ change % change
2023202220212023 over 20222022 over 2021
Consumables revenue (GAAP)$969.1 $975.0 $555.2 $(5.9)(0.6)%$419.8 75.6 %
Impact of foreign exchange rate changes4.0 
Consumables revenue on a constant currency basis (non-GAAP)$973.1 
$ Change in constant currency$(1.9)
% Change in constant currency(0.2)%

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Consumables revenue decreased in 2023, as compared to 2022, primarily due to a decrease in our vascular access revenues as a result of lost customers and backorder recovery in the prior year. The revenue decrease was partially offset by an increase in Infusion Therapy and Oncology revenues.

Consumables revenue increased in 2022, as compared to 2021. The increase in revenue was primarily due to $408.4 million in acquired revenue from our January 2022 acquisition of Smiths Medical. In 2022, our legacy operations revenue increased primarily due to customer demand in our global core Infusion, Global Oncology and Renal products.

Infusion Systems

The following table summarizes our total Infusion Systems revenue (in millions, except percentages):
Year Ended December 31,$ change % change $ change % change
2023202220212023 over 20222022 over 2021
Infusion Systems (GAAP)$629.0 $617.4 $352.3 $11.6 1.9%$265.1 75.2%
Impact of foreign exchange rate changes10.5 
Infusion Systems on a constant currency basis (non-GAAP)$639.5 
$ Change in constant currency$22.1 
% Change in constant currency3.6 %
        
Infusion Systems revenue increased in 2023, as compared to 2022, primarily due to higher sales of our syringe pumps and large volume pump ("LVP") dedicated sets.

Infusion Systems revenue increased in 2022, as compared to 2021, primarily due to $266.4 million in acquired revenue from our January 2022 acquisition of Smiths Medical. Offsetting the acquired revenue increase was a slight decrease in our legacy operations revenue due to the impact of foreign currency which offset increased sales of our LVP dedicated sets and software as a result of growth in our installed base of LVPs.

Vital Care

The following table summarizes our total Vital Care revenue (in millions, except percentages):
Year Ended December 31,$ change % change $ change % change
2023202220212023 over 20222022 over 2021
Vital Care (GAAP)$661.0 $687.6 $408.8 $(26.6)(3.9)%$278.8 68.2%
Impact of foreign exchange rate changes4.5 
Vital Care on a constant currency basis (non-GAAP)$665.5 
$ Change in constant currency$(22.1)
% Change in constant currency(3.2)%

Vital Care revenue decreased in 2023, as compared to 2022, primarily due to lower sales volume of IV Solutions which was impacted by supply disruptions related to finished good products purchased from third party manufacturers and lower sales volume for products acquired from Smiths Group due to backorder recovery in the prior year.

Vital Care revenue increased in 2022, as compared to 2021, primarily due to $276.8 million of acquired revenue from our January 2022 acquisition of Smiths Medical. In 2022, our legacy operations revenue increased primarily due to an increase in IV Solutions contract manufacturing sales to Pfizer.

Gross Margins

Gross margins were 32.8%, 30.6% and 37.3% for 2023, 2022 and 2021, respectively. 

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The increase in gross margin in 2023, as compared to 2022, was primarily driven by lower freight costs, lower spend on quality remediation and the cost recognition of a purchase accounting write-up of inventory in 2022, offset by continued inflationary impacts on costs and stronger Mexican peso.

The decrease in gross margin in 2022, as compared to 2021, was primarily driven by the acquisition of Smiths Medical, inflationary cost increases in our supply chain, and lower manufacturing absorption due to supply chain disruptions. Smiths Medical gross margins were lower than historical ICU margins primarily due to spending on quality systems and product-related remediation, the cost recognition of the purchase accounting write-up of inventory and lower manufacturing volumes. The inflationary cost increases during 2022 caused by COVID-19 and the war in the Ukraine notably impacted our freight rates, as well as, labor and materials costs.
    
Selling, General and Administrative ("SG&A") Expenses

The following table summarizes our SG&A expenses (in millions, except percentages):
Year Ended December 31,$ change % change $ change % change
2023202220212023 over 20222022 over 2021
SG&A$606.7 $608.3 $302.6 $(1.6)(0.3)%$305.7 101.0 %

Consolidated SG&A expenses decreased slightly in 2023, as compared to 2022, primarily due to decreases of $7.5 million in depreciation and amortization, $4.8 million in dealer fees, $3.9 million of office expenses, and $2.6 million of IT expenses. The overall decreases were mostly offset by increases of $7.8 million in compensation costs, $5.2 million in commissions, $3.5 million in stock based compensation, and $1.3 million in sales and marketing expenses. Depreciation and amortization decreased in 2023 as the trademark intangible recognized as part of the January 2022 Smiths Medical acquisition had a useful life of six months and was fully amortized in the prior year. Dealer fees decreased due to a decrease in revenues to distributors. Office and IT expenses decreased based on current operating needs. Compensation costs increased primarily due to an increase in cash incentive compensation and employee benefits. Commissions increased primarily due to sales performance in the current period measured against preset sales targets as compared to sales performance achieved against targets in the comparable prior year period. Stock based compensation increased due to an increase in the fair value of amounts awarded in the current year over the fair value of the awards in the prior year. Sales and marketing expenses increased due to an increase in trade show, conference, and related expenses.

Consolidated SG&A expenses increased in 2022, as compared to 2021. In 2022, SG&A increased $296.6 million due to the impact of the Smiths Medical acquisition, which included $103.8 million of salaries and benefits, $116.8 million of depreciation and amortization expense and $19.7 million of IT and business support services. The remainder of the increase in SG&A was attributable mostly due to higher selling expense due to revenue growth and the impact of inflation.
    
Research and Development ("R&D") Expenses

The following table summarizes our total R&D expenses (in millions, except percentages):
Year Ended December 31,$ change % change $ change % change
2023202220212023 over 20222022 over 2021
R&D$85.3 $93.0 $47.5 $(7.7)(8.3)%$45.5 95.8 %
    
R&D expenses decreased in 2023, as compared to 2022, due to organizational synergies and project reprioritization as a result as a result of the Smiths Medical acquisition. R&D expenses are primarily related to headcount and employment expenses in support of ongoing R&D projects. R&D expenses generally include compensation and benefit expenses, consulting fees, production supplies, samples, travel costs, utilities and other miscellaneous administrative costs incurred in our ongoing R&D projects.

R&D expenses increased in 2022, as compared to 2021, due to the acquisition of Smiths Medical.
    
Restructuring, Strategic Transaction and Integration Expenses

Restructuring, strategic transaction and integration expenses were $41.3 million, $71.4 million and $18.0 million in 2023, 2022 and 2021, respectively.

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Restructuring Charges

In 2023, we incurred restructuring charges net of reversed accruals of $5.7 million primarily related to severance costs. We reversed approximately $1.0 million in accrued restructuring balances related to severance and facility closure costs that will not be utilized.

In 2022, we incurred restructuring charges of $9.7 million primarily related to severance costs.

In 2021, we adjusted certain facility restructuring liabilities by $2.0 million to reflect actual amounts owed resulting in annual net restructuring credits of $(1.8) million.

Strategic Transaction and Integration Expenses

In 2023, we incurred $35.6 million in strategic transaction and integration expenses primarily related to consulting expenses and employee costs incurred to integrate our Smiths Medical business acquired in 2022.

In 2022, we incurred $61.7 million in strategic transaction and integration expenses primarily related to our acquisition of Smiths Medical, which included legal expenses, bank fees and employee costs, and a United Kingdom stamp tax.

In 2021, we incurred $19.8 million in strategic transaction and integration expenses primarily related to integration costs associated with acquisitions, the Hospira Infusion Systems ("HIS") earn-out dispute with Pfizer, one-time costs incurred to comply with regulatory initiatives and transaction expenses incurred in connection with entering into the definitive agreement to acquire Smiths Medical.
    
Change in fair value of contingent earn-out

In 2023, the fair value revaluation of our contingent earn-outs resulted in a decrease in value of $16.2 million. This decrease was primarily related to the fair value revaluation of our Smiths Medical contingent earn-out liability. The change in fair value of the Smiths Medical contingent earn-out was driven by a decrease in our stock price.

In 2022, the fair value revaluation of our contingent earn-outs resulted in a decrease in value of $32.1 million. This decrease was primarily related to the fair value revaluation of our Smiths Medical contingent earn-out liability.

Contract Settlement

In 2023 and 2022, we did not incur any contract settlement charges. In 2021, we recorded $0.1 million in contract settlement expense.

Interest (expense) income, net

The following table presents interest expense, net (in thousands): 
 Year ended December 31,
202320222021
Interest expense$(102,727)$(70,805)$(858)
Interest income$7,508 $4,430 $2,840 
Interest (expense) income, net$(95,219)$(66,375)$1,982 

In January 2022, to partially fund our acquisition of Smiths Medical, we entered into senior secured credit facilities that refinanced our Prior Credit Facility in full, see "Liquidity and Capital Resources" in the remainder of this item for additional information and the estimated impact to future interest expense.     

In 2023 and 2022, interest expense primarily includes the contractual interest incurred on borrowings under the Credit Agreement, the per annum commitment fee charged on the available amount of the revolving credit facility contained in the Credit Agreement, the amortization of debt issuance costs incurred in connection with entering into the Credit Agreement (see Note 11: Long-Term Obligations in our accompanying consolidated financial statements) offset by the impact of the interest rate swaps (see Note 7: Derivatives and Hedging in our accompanying consolidated financial statements). The interest expense increased in 2023, as compared to 2022, primarily due to increases in the applicable SOFR reference rate.
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In 2021, interest income, net primarily includes the per annum commitment fee charged on the unused portion of the revolver under our then five-year revolving credit facility and the amortization of financing costs that were incurred in 2017 in connection with entering into the then existing credit facility.

Interest income in all years was related to interest received on our interest-bearing securities.

Other (expense) income, net

The following table presents other expense, net (in thousands): 
 Year ended December 31,
202320222021
Foreign exchange losses, net$(5,918)$(5,780)$(1,017)
Loss on disposition of assets$(153)$(2,554)$(1,651)
Other miscellaneous (expense) income, net$166 $3,198 $627 
Other expense, net$(5,905)$(5,136)$(2,041)
The foreign exchange losses in 2023 were primarily related to the devaluation of the Argentine peso during the fourth quarter of 2023.

In 2023, other miscellaneous income, net primarily includes $3.7 million in fees related to our accounts receivable purchase program (see Note 17: Accounts Receivable Purchase Program) mostly offset by a business interruption gain recognized upon receipt of insurance proceeds. We received total insurance recoveries for property damage and business interruption of $3.1 million, $2.6 million of which was related to insurance proceeds for business interruption included within other miscellaneous income, net. In 2022, other miscellaneous income, net primarily related to the sale of certain other assets.

Income taxes

Income taxes were accrued at an estimated annual effective tax rate of 62%, 35% and 16% in 2023, 2022 and 2021, respectively.

The effective tax rate in 2023 differs from the federal statutory rate of 21% principally because of the effect of the mix of U.S. and foreign income, state income taxes, section 162(m) excess compensation, foreign-derived intangible income (“FDII”), and tax credits. The effective tax rate in 2023 included a tax benefit of $9.6 million primarily related to unrecognized tax benefits released as a result of the expiration of the statute of limitations. The effective tax rate for 2023 also included a tax benefit of $0.8 million related to the excess tax benefits recognized on stock option exercises and the vesting of restricted stock units during the period. Additionally, the effective tax rate for 2023 included a tax benefit of $6.5 million related to U.S. federal return-to-provision adjustments net of related tax reserves. The adjustments related primarily to changes in estimates for the research and development credit and foreign tax credits. Additionally, the effective tax rate 2023 included the nil tax impact of the revaluation of contingent consideration of $16.2 million.

In December 2022, the European Union agreed to implement Pillar Two, the OECD’s global minimum tax rate of 15% for multinationals that meet a global revenue threshold. A number of countries have enacted or have announced plans to enact legislation to adopt Pillar Two. The Pillar Two legislation is effective for our fiscal year beginning January 1, 2024 and for fiscal year 2024 we do not anticipate that it will have a material impact to our tax provision or effective tax rate. However, the Pillar Two rules continue to evolve and their application may alter our tax obligations in certain countries in which we operate for fiscal periods beyond 2024 as we continue to assess the impact of tax legislation in these jurisdictions.

The effective tax rate in 2022 differs from the federal statutory rate of 21% principally because of the effect of the mix of U.S. and foreign incomes, state income taxes, section 162(m) excess compensation, FDII, global intangible low-taxed income ("GILTI") and tax credits. The effective tax rate during 2022 included a tax benefit of $4.2 million related to the excess tax benefits recognized on stock option exercises and the vesting of restricted stock units during the period. The effective tax rate during 2022 also included a $0.0 million tax impact of the revaluation of contingent consideration of $6.8 million.

The effective tax rate in 2021 differs from the federal statutory rate of 21% principally because of the effect of the mix of U.S. and foreign incomes, state income taxes, GILTI, FDII and tax credits. The effective tax rate in 2021 included a tax
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benefit of $4.9 million related to the excess tax benefits recognized on stock option exercises and the vesting of restricted stock units during the period. The effective tax rate for 2021 also included U.S. federal and state return-to-provision adjustments net of related reserve changes for the year ended December 31, 2020 of $0.9 million tax provision primarily due to changes in estimates for GILTI, FDII, subpart F, and related foreign tax credits along with other prior period adjustments.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

We regularly evaluate our liquidity and capital resources, including our access to external capital, to assess our ability to meet our principal cash requirements, which include working capital requirements, planned capital investments in our business, commitments, acquisition restructuring and integration expenses, investments in quality systems and quality compliance objectives, payment of interest expense, repayment of outstanding borrowings, income tax obligations and acquisition opportunities in accordance with our growth strategy.

Sources of Liquidity

Our primary sources of liquidity are cash and cash equivalents, our short-term investment portfolio, cash flows from our operations and access to borrowing arrangements.

Funds generated from operations are held in cash and cash equivalents and investment securities. During 2023, our cash and cash equivalents and short-term investment securities increased by $41.7 million from $213.0 million at December 31, 2022 to $254.7 million at December 31, 2023. This increase was primarily due to cash generated from operations. Our short-term investment portfolio currently consists of investment-grade corporate bonds and is primarily intended to facilitate capital preservation.

2022 Credit Facilities and Access to Capital

As discussed in Note 11: Long-Term Obligations to our accompanying consolidated financial statements, we entered into the Credit Agreement with various lenders on January 6, 2022 in connection with the closing of the Smiths Medical acquisition. The Credit Agreement provides for a five-year term loan A facility of $850.0 million (the "Term Loan A"), a seven-year term loan B facility of $850.0 million (the "Term Loan B") and a five-year revolving credit facility of $500.0 million (the "Revolving Credit Facility") (collectively, the "Senior Secured Credit Facilities"). The proceeds from the term loans were used to finance a portion of the cash consideration for the Smiths Medical acquisition. The outstanding aggregate principal amount of the term loans is $1.6 billion as of December 31, 2023, which includes the Term Loan A that will mature in January 2027 and the Term Loan B that will mature in January 2029. The proceeds of future borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility, which expires in January 2027, may be used as a source of liquidity to support our ongoing working capital requirements and other general corporate purposes. There are no outstanding borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility as of December 31, 2023. As part of entering into the Senior Secured Credit Facilities, we were assigned issuer and Term Loan B credit ratings. At the date of issuance of this report, our issuer and Term Loan B credit ratings assigned and outlook were as follows:

Issuer/Term Loan B
Credit Ratings
Outlook
Moody'sBa3/Ba3Stable
FitchBB/BB+Stable
Standard & Poor'sBB-/BB-Negative

The Credit Agreement contains financial covenants that pertain to the Term Loan A and the Revolving Credit Facility. Specifically, we are required to maintain a Senior Secured Leverage Ratio of no more than 4.50 to 1.00 until June 30, 2024, with step-downs to 4.00 to 1.00 thereafter, and an Interest Coverage Ratio of no less than 3.00 to 1.00 (defined and discussed in greater detail in Note 11: Long-Term Obligations to our accompanying consolidated financial statements). We were in compliance with these financial covenants as of December 31, 2023.

In January 2023, we entered into a receivables purchase agreement with Bank of the West, which was subsequently acquired by BMO in February 2023. This agreement provides for an additional source of capital (see Note 17: Accounts Receivable Purchase Program).

We believe that our existing cash and cash equivalents along with cash flows expected to be generated from future operations, cash received from our uncommitted trade accounts receivable purchase facility and the funds received and
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accessible under the Senior Secured Credit Facilities will provide us with sufficient liquidity to finance our cash requirements for the next twelve months. In the event that we experience downturns, cyclical fluctuations in our business that are more severe or longer than anticipated, fail to achieve anticipated revenue and expense levels, or have significant unplanned cash expenditures, we may need to obtain or seek alternative sources of capital or financing, and we can provide no assurances that the terms of such capital or financing will be available to us on favorable terms, if at all. Our ability to generate cash flows from operations, issue debt or enter into other financing arrangements on acceptable terms could be adversely affected if there is a material decline in the demand for our products or in the solvency of our customers or suppliers, deterioration in our key financial ratios or credit ratings or other significantly unfavorable changes in economic conditions. See Part I. Item 1A. Risk Factors” for discussion of the risks and uncertainties associated with our debt financing.

Uses of Liquidity

Capital Expenditures

Our capital expenditures relate to the expansion and maintenance of our business. While we can provide no assurances, we estimate that our capital expenditures in 2024 will be in the range of $90 million to $110 million. We anticipate making additional investments in machinery and equipment in our manufacturing operations in Costa Rica, Europe, Mexico and the U.S. to support new and existing products and in infusion pumps that get placed with customers outside the U.S. We expect to use our cash and cash equivalents to fund our capital expenditures. Amounts of spending are estimates and actual spending may substantially differ from those amounts.

2022 Acquisitions

On January 6, 2022, we acquired Smiths Medical. We financed the $1.9 billion cash portion of the purchase price at closing with a combination of proceeds from the Senior Secured Credit Facilities and our cash and cash equivalents. See Note 2: Acquisitions and Note 11: Long-Term Obligations in our accompanying consolidated financial statements for additional information.

Contractual Obligations

Our principal commitments at December 31, 2023 include both short and long-term future obligations.

Operating Leases

We have non-cancelable operating lease agreements where we are contractually obligated for certain lease payment amounts. For more information regarding our operating lease obligations, (see Note 5: Leases in our accompanying consolidated financial statements).

Long-term Debt Obligations

As discussed above, in January 2022, we incurred borrowings under Senior Secured Credit Facilities. The principal repayment obligations and estimated interest payments on the term loans and estimated commitment fee payments on the revolver are estimated in the table below. Interest payments on the term loans were estimated using an Adjusted Term SOFR rate and an applicable margin on of 2.00% for term loan A and 2.50% for term loan B and the revolver commitment fees were estimated using a rate of 0.30%. The applicable margin rate and commitment fee rate will change from time to time in accordance with a preset pricing grid based on the leverage ratio (see Note 11: Long-Term Obligations in our accompanying consolidated financial statements for pricing grids related to the Senior Secured Credit Facilities). We expect to fund these obligations with our existing cash and cash equivalents and cash generated from our future operations.

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(in millions)
20242025202620272028Thereafter
Term Loan A Principal Payments$42.5 $42.5 $63.8 $664.1 $— $— 
Term Loan A Interest Payments56.1 42.2 37.2 — — — 
Term Loan B Principal Payments8.5 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.5 792.6 
Term Loan B Interest Payments62.8 50.2 47.2 47.9 47.6 — 
Revolver Commitment Fee1.5 1.5 1.5 — — — 
$171.4 $144.9 $158.2 $720.5 $56.1 $792.6 

Other Future Capital Investments

In connection with the January 2022 acquisition of Smiths Medical, we estimate the investment needed in 2024 for restructuring and integration expenses along with spending to support quality systems and quality compliance objectives to be in the range of $90 million to $110 million, which includes acquired accrued field action liabilities. We expect to fund these obligations with our cash and cash equivalents and cash generated from our operations.
Historical Cash Flows

Cash Flows from Operating Activities

Our cash provided by operations was $166.2 million in 2023. The changes in operating assets and liabilities included a $48.6 million decrease in accounts receivable and a $11.7 million decrease in prepaid expenses and other current assets. Offsetting these amounts was a $6.1 million increase in inventories, a $68.3 million decrease in accounts payable, a $24.7 million increase in other assets, a $14.5 million decrease in accrued liabilities, and $82.4 million in net changes in income taxes, including excess tax benefits and deferred income taxes . The decrease in accounts receivable was primarily due to the sale of accounts receivable as part of our accounts receivable purchase program with Bank of the West, which was subsequently acquired by BMO in February 2023 (see Note 17: Accounts Receivable Purchase Program). The decrease in prepaid expenses and other current assets was primarily attributable to insurance, property taxes, and prepaid vendor expenses. The increase in inventory was primarily to build inventory safety stock levels. The decrease in accounts payable was due to the timing of payments. The increase in other assets was due to the purchase of spare parts. The primary drivers for the net decrease in accrued liabilities was primarily due to payments for field corrective actions, operating lease liabilities and distributor rebates as well as a decrease in deferred revenue offset partially by increases in accrued employee costs. The net changes in income taxes was a result of recording the current deferred provision and the timing of payments.

Our cash used in operations was $(62.1) million in 2022. The changes in operating assets and liabilities included a $201.1 million increase in inventories, a $21.3 million increase in other assets, a $55.8 million decrease in accrued liabilities, $66.7 million in net changes in income taxes, including excess tax benefits and deferred income taxes, and a $19.2 million increase in accounts receivable. Offsetting these amounts was a $22.9 million decrease in prepaid expenses and other current assets and a $37.5 million increase in accounts payable. The increase in inventory was primarily to build inventory safety stock levels. The increase in other assets was due to the purchase of spare parts. The primary drivers for the net decrease in accrued liabilities was primarily due to the payout of annual bonuses and decrease in deferred revenue. The net changes in income taxes was a result of recording the current deferred provision and the timing of payments. The increase in accounts receivable was primarily due to the net impact of collection efforts and the timing of revenue. The net decrease in prepaid expenses and other current assets was primarily due to a decrease in deferred costs mostly offset by capitalized debt issuance costs allocated to the revolving credit facility. The increase in accounts payable was due to the timing of payments.

Our cash provided by operations was $267.5 million in 2021. The changes in operating assets and liabilities included a $20.8 million decrease in inventories, a $13.8 million decrease in accounts receivable, a $6.3 million increase in accrued liabilities, a $2.3 million increase in accounts payable, and $0.9 million in net changes in income taxes, including excess tax benefits and deferred income taxes. Offsetting these amounts was a $21.0 million increase in other assets and a $8.0 million increase in prepaid expenses and other current assets. The decrease in inventory was primarily due to the timing of production and customer purchases. The decrease in accounts receivable is primarily due to collection efforts. The increase in accrued liabilities was primarily due to the accrual of incentive bonuses, deferred revenue collected on certain arrangements and accruals related to the Smiths Medical transaction. The increase in accounts payable was primarily due to the timing of payments. The net changes in income taxes was a result of the timing of payments. The increase in other assets was primarily
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due to the purchase of spare parts. The net increase in prepaid expenses and other current assets was primarily due to an increase in deferred costs.
 
Cash Flows from Investing Activities

The following table summarizes the changes in our investing cash flows (in thousands):
For the Years Ended December 31,Variance
20232022202120232022
Investing Cash Flows:
Purchases of property, plant and equipment$(83,893)$(90,311)$(68,542)$6,418 $(21,769)(1)
Proceeds from sale of assets1,501 989 218 512 771 
Intangible asset additions(9,777)(9,018)(12,627)(759)3,609 (2)
Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired— (1,844,164)(14,452)1,844,164 (1,829,712)(3)
Investments in non-marketable equity securities— — (3,250)— 3,250 (4)
Purchases of investment securities— (3,397)(10,034)3,397 6,637 (5)
Proceeds from sale of investment securities4,222 36,433 18,000 (32,211)18,433 (6)
Net cash used in investing activities$(87,947)$(1,909,468)$(90,687)$1,821,521 $(1,818,781)
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(1)    Our purchases of property, plant and equipment will vary from period to period based on additional investments needed to support new and existing products and expansion of our manufacturing facilities.
(2)    In 2021, we recorded a $6.6 million intangible asset related to a three-year non-compete agreement with one of our international distributors, of which $2.6 million was non-cash offset with a contingent earn-out.
(3)    Our business acquisitions will vary from period to period based upon our current growth strategy and our ability to execute on desirable target companies. In 2022, we acquired Smiths Medical. The cash consideration for the transaction was $1.9 billion, which was financed with existing cash balances and borrowings under the Credit Agreement. Acquired cash was $78.8 million. In 2021, we acquired a small foreign infusion systems supplier for approximately $15.4 million.
(4)    In 2021, we paid $3.3 million to acquire approximately a 20% non-marketable equity interest in a non-public company.
(5)    Our purchases of investment securities will vary from period to period based on current cash needs, planning for known future transactions and changes in our investment strategy. Our investment policy allows for the purchase of securities with final maturities in excess of one year. If cash is not needed for known future transactions our investment strategy takes advantage of the long-term securities with higher yields. Typically, our longer term securities have maturities up to three years.
(6)    Proceeds from the sale of our investment securities will vary based on the maturity dates of the investments. In 2022, proceeds from sale of investment securities includes $19.0 million received from a promissory note related to an acquired investment as part of the Smiths Medical acquisition.

Cash Flows from Financing Activities
 
The following table summarizes the changes in our financing cash flows (in thousands):
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For the Years Ended December 31,Variance
20232022202120232022
Financing Cash Flows:
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt, net of lender debt issuance costs$— 1,664,362 — (1,664,362)1,664,362 (1)
Principal payments on long-term debt(29,688)(22,375)— (7,313)(22,375)(2)
Payment of third-party debt issuance costs— (2,177)— 2,177 (2,177)(3)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options4,022 8,785 9,372 (4,763)(587)(4)
Payments on finance leases(963)(680)(607)(283)(73)
Payment of contingent earn-out— — (17,300)— 17,300 (5)
Tax withholding payments related to net share settlement of equity awards(9,350)(10,883)(8,335)1,533 (2,548)(6)
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities$(35,979)$1,637,032 $(16,870)$(1,673,011)$1,653,902 
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(1)     During 2022, we borrowed an aggregate of $1.7 billion under the Senior Secured Credit Facilities contained in the Credit Agreement to partially finance our acquisition of Smiths Medical (see Note 11: Long-Term Obligations to our accompanying consolidated financial statements for additional information). The proceeds are net of $37.8 million in payments of lender debt issuance costs.
(2)    Relates to scheduled principal payments on the Senior Secured Credit Facilities.
(3)    Relates to third-party debt issuance costs in connection with entering into the Senior Secured Credit Facilities.
(4) Proceeds from the exercise of stock options will vary from period to period based on the volume of options exercised and the exercise price of the specific options exercised.
(5)    During 2021, we paid $26.3 million in cash related to the settlement of the Pursuit contingent earn-out. Of the $26.3 million, the amount recorded as the acquisition date fair value, which is considered financing cash flows, was $17.3 million (see Note 8: Fair Value Measurements).
(6)    In 2023, our employees surrendered 59,377 shares of our common stock from vested restricted stock awards as consideration for approximately $9.4 million in minimum statutory withholding obligations paid on their behalf. In 2022, our employees surrendered 47,664 shares of our common stock from vested restricted stock awards as consideration for approximately $10.9 million in minimum statutory withholding obligations paid on their behalf. In 2021, our employees surrendered 40,350 shares of our common stock from vested restricted stock awards as consideration for approximately $8.3 million in minimum statutory withholding obligations paid on their behalf.

Our common stock purchase plan, which authorized the repurchase of up to $100.0 million of our common stock, was approved by our Board of Directors in August 2019. This plan has no expiration date. As of December 31, 2023, all of the $100.0 million available for purchase was remaining under the plan. We are limited on share purchases in accordance with the terms and conditions of our Credit Agreement (see Note 11: Long-Term Obligations in our accompanying consolidated financial statements).  

New Accounting Pronouncements
 
See Note 1: Basis of Presentation and Significant Accounting Policies to the Consolidated Financial Statements in Part II, Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. 

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates
 
Our significant accounting policies are summarized in Note 1 to the Consolidated Financial Statements. In preparing our consolidated financial statements in accordance with GAAP and pursuant to the rules and regulations of the SEC, we make estimates, assumptions and judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenue and expenses, and related disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities. We base our estimates, assumptions and judgments on historical experience and other factors that we believe are reasonable. We evaluate our estimates, assumptions and judgments on a regular basis and apply our accounting policies on a consistent basis. We believe that the estimates, assumptions and judgments involved in the accounting for revenue recognition, accounts receivable, and business combinations have the most potential impact on our consolidated financial statements. Historically, our estimates, assumptions and judgments relative to our critical accounting policies have not differed materially from actual results.
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Revenue recognition 

We recognize revenues when we transfer control of promised goods to our customers, which for the majority of our sales of products sold on a standalone basis to our distributors and end customers for direct sales, is deemed to be at point of shipment. Our software license renewals are considered to be transferred to a customer at a point in time at the start of each renewal period, therefore revenue is recognized at that time.

Payment is typically due in full within 30 days of delivery or the start of the contract term. Revenue is recorded in an amount that reflects the consideration we expect to be entitled to in exchange for those goods or services. We include variable consideration in net sales only to the extent that a significant reversal in revenue is not probable when the uncertainty is resolved.

Our variable consideration includes distributor chargebacks, product returns and end customer rebates, with distributor chargebacks representing the majority and subject to the greatest judgment.

Chargebacks are the difference between the prices we charge our distribution customers at the time they purchase our products and the contracted prices we have with the end customer, most often in the U.S. and Canada. When a distributor sells our products to one of our contracted end customers, the distributor typically will claim a refund from us for the chargeback amount which we process as a credit to the distributor.

In estimating the transaction price to present as net revenue for sales to distributors, we must estimate the expected chargeback amount that we will refund to the distributor after they sell our product to a contracted end customer. Determining the appropriate chargeback reserve requires judgment around the following assumptions:

(i) The estimated chargeback amount (the difference between the price we invoice the distributor and the contractually agreed price with specified end customers); and

(ii) The estimated period of time between the sale to the distributor and the receipt of a chargeback claim.

For purposes of estimating the expected chargeback amount, we utilize actual recent historical chargebacks paid to the specific distributor for similar products as determined at either a product or product-family level. While individual chargeback rates can vary significantly depending on the product and contracted prices with distributors and end customers, our chargeback reserve estimate is not overly sensitive to those individual price changes due to the long-term nature of our distributor and end customer contracts as well as consistency in purchasing patterns. Additionally, the use of the actual chargeback history to calculate an average chargeback rate has historically resulted in a reasonable estimation of overall current contract rates.

For purposes of estimating the period of time between the sale to the distributor and the receipt of a chargeback claim, we utilize several sources of information including actual inventory quantities of our products on hand at distributors. This inventory on hand information is received from the distributors or, when specific quantities are not provided, estimated by using the targeted days of inventory on hand for distributors. Historical experience of actual chargebacks paid has indicated that use of this information has reasonable predictive value of outstanding chargebacks and accounts for the variability of purchasing
patterns and expected timing and volume of sales to end customers. The value of the chargeback reserve generally represents approximately two months of obligation due to the timing difference between the initial sale to a distributor and the processing of a chargeback claim after the product is sold to the end customer.

The chargeback reserve estimates change from period-to-period primarily based on changes in revenue from/and the inventory levels of distributors. Our judgments regarding the information used to calculate the chargeback reserve are consistent from period to period; however, on a regular basis, we evaluate the adequacy of the chargeback reserve to reassess and ensure that the variable consideration is appropriately constrained, and the likelihood of future revenue reversal is not probable. We use metrics including chargeback provision as a percentage of gross revenue, movements in inventory on hand at distributors,
trends in accrued versus paid chargebacks and impacts from price changes and similar metrics.

The chargeback reserve reflects a reasonable estimate of the amount of consideration using the expected value method and is recorded as a reduction of accounts receivable, net on the consolidated balance sheets.

We also offer certain volume-based rebates to both our distribution and end-customers, which we record as variable consideration when calculating the transaction price. Rebates are offered on both a fixed and tiered/variable basis. In both cases,
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we use information available at the time, including current contractual requirements, our historical experience with each customer and forecasted customer purchasing patterns, to estimate the most likely rebate amount.

We also warrant products against defects and have a policy permitting the return of defective products, for which we accrue and expense at the time of sale using information available and our historical experience.     

Accounts receivable 

Accounts receivable are stated at net realizable value. Our accounts receivable are recorded net of reserves including distributor chargebacks, estimated rebates and allowance for doubtful accounts. See above for significant judgments related to distributor chargebacks and rebates. An allowance is provided for estimated collection losses based on an analysis of the age of the receivable, on specific past due accounts for which we consider collection to be doubtful and based on current receivables where known economic conditions specific to individual significant customers may indicate collection is doubtful. We rely on prior payment trends, financial status and other factors to estimate the cash which ultimately will be received. Such amounts cannot be known with certainty at the financial statement date. We regularly review individual past due balances for collectability. We also have credit exposure with international customers for whom normal payment terms are long in comparison to those of our other customers and with domestic distributors. If actual collection losses exceed expectations, we could be required to accrue additional bad debt expense, which could have an adverse effect on our operating results in the period in which the accrual occurs.
 
Business Combinations

The application of the acquisition method of accounting for business combinations requires the use of significant estimates, assumptions and judgments in the determination of the estimated fair value of assets acquired and liabilities assumed in order to properly allocate the purchase price at the acquisition date.

Although we believe the estimates, assumptions and judgments we have made are reasonable, they are based in part on historical experience, industry data, information obtained from the management of the acquired companies and assistance from independent third-party appraisal/valuation firms, and are inherently uncertain.

Examples of critical estimates in valuing certain of the tangible and intangible assets we have acquired, and certain liabilities assumed include but are not limited to:

Inventories - we used the comparative sales method, which estimates the selling price of finished goods and work-in-progress inventory, reduced by estimated costs expected to be incurred in selling the inventory and a profit on those costs. The fair value of inventory is recognized in our statements of operations as the inventory is sold. Based on internal forecasts and estimates of inventory turnover, acquisition date inventory is sold and recognized in cost of goods sold over an estimated period of six months after the acquisition date.

Property, Plant and Equipment - the fair value estimate of acquired property, plant and equipment is determined based upon the nature of the asset using either the cost approach, the sales comparison approach or the income capitalization approach. The cost approach measures the value of an asset by estimating the cost to acquire or reproduce comparable assets. The sales comparison approach measures the value of an asset through an analysis of comparable property sales. The income approach values the asset based on its earnings potential. The fair value of land was estimated using a sales comparison approach. Land and building improvements were valued using the cost approach. Personal property assets, such as, leasehold improvements, tooling, laboratory equipment, furniture and fixtures, and equipment, computer hardware, computer software, dies and molds were all valued using the cost approach. Transportation equipment and major manufacturing and equipment were valued using the sales comparison method. Construction-in-progress assets were valued based on the cost approach less adjustments for the nature of the assets. The fair value of property, plant and equipment will be recognized in our statements of operations over the expected useful life of the individual depreciable assets.

Identifiable Intangible Assets - The fair value of the significant acquired identifiable intangible assets generally is determined using varying methods under the income approach. This method starts with a forecast of all of the expected future net cash flows associated with the asset and then adjusts the forecast to present value by applying an appropriate discount rate that reflects the risk factors associated with the cash flow streams. Other critical estimates used to estimate the fair value are derived from royalty rates, customer retention rates and/or estimated useful lives.

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Contingent Earn-out Liability - The fair value of the earn-out liabilities were valued using a Monte Carlo simulation and a probability-weighted cash flow model, as appropriate (see Note 8: Fair Value Measurements to the consolidated financial statements in Part II, Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K for details).

Unanticipated events and circumstances may occur which may affect the accuracy or validity of such assumptions, estimates or actual results.


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ITEM 7A. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK
 
Interest Rate Risk

In connection with the Smiths Medical acquisition on January 6, 2022 we entered into the Senior Secured Credit Facilities totaling approximately $2.2 billion consisting of a variable-rate term loan A facility of $850.0 million, a variable-rate term loan B facility of $850.0 million and a revolving credit facility of $500.0 million. We are exposed to changes in interest rates on all of these variable-rate debt instruments.

The term loan A facility currently bears interest based on Adjusted Term SOFR plus an applicable margin of 2.00% per year. The term loan B facility currently bears interest based on Adjusted Term SOFR subject to a 0.50% floor plus an applicable margin of 2.5%. We used a sensitivity analysis to measure our interest rate risk exposure. If the SOFR rate increases or decreases 1% from December 31, 2023, the additional annual interest expense or savings related to the term loans would be approximately $16.5 million.

In order to mitigate and offset a portion of this interest rate risk exposure associated with these debt instruments we entered into interest rate swaps to achieve a targeted mix of fixed and variable-rate debt. The term loan A swap has an initial notional amount of $300.0 million, reducing to $150.0 million evenly on a quarterly basis through its final maturity on March 30, 2027 and we pay a fixed rate of 1.32% and receive the greater of 3-month USD SOFR or (0.15)%. The term loan B swap has an initial notional amount of $750.0 million, reducing to $46.9 million evenly on a quarterly basis through its final maturity on March 30, 2026 and we pay a fixed rate of 1.17% and receive the greater of 3-month USD SOFR or 0.35%. In June 2023, we entered into an additional swap with a notional amount of $300 million with a maturity date of June 30, 2028 and we pay a fixed rate of 3.8765% starting on June 30, 2023 and receive 3-month USD SOFR. (see Note 7: Derivatives and Hedging Activities to the Consolidated Financial Statements in Part II, Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K).

Accounts Receivable Purchase Program

Additionally, our accounts receivable purchase program with Bank of the West, which was subsequently acquired by BMO in February 2023, bears discount rates tied to SOFR. These variable discount rates would affect the amount of factoring costs we incur, and the amount of cash we receive upon the sales of accounts receivable under this program. A 1% change in SOFR rates on the accounts receivable sales would not have a material impact on our results of operations, (see Note 17: Accounts Receivable Purchase Program to the Consolidated Financial Statements in Part II, Item 8. Of this Annual Report on Form 10-K).

Foreign Exchange Risk

We transact business globally in multiple currencies, some of which are considered volatile. Our international revenues and expenses and working capital positions denominated in these foreign currencies expose us to the risk of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates against the U.S. dollar. As the receiver of foreign currencies we are adversely affected by the strengthening of the U.S. dollar and other currencies relative to the operating unit functional currency. Our hedging policy attempts to manage these risks to an acceptable level. We manage our foreign currency exposures on a consolidated basis to take advantage of net exposures and natural offsets, which are then further reduced by the gains and losses of our hedging instruments. Gains and losses on the hedging instruments offset gains and losses on the hedged forecasted transactions and reduce the earnings volatility related to foreign exchange, however we do not hedge our entire foreign exchange exposure and are still subject to potentially significant earnings volatility due to foreign exchange risk.

We use foreign exchange forward contracts to hedge a portion of our forecasted foreign currency-denominated revenues and expenses (principally Mexican Pesos, Euros, Japanese Yen, U.S. Dollar, Chinese Renminbi, Canadian Dollar, and Australian Dollar) that differ from the functional currency of the operating unit. These derivative contracts are designated and qualify as cash flow hedges (see Note 7: Derivatives and Hedging Activities to the consolidated financial statements in Part II, Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K). We performed a sensitivity analysis to estimate changes in the fair value of our foreign exchange derivatives due to potential changes in near-term foreign exchange rates. At December 31, 2023, the effect of a hypothetical 10% weakening in the actual foreign exchange rates used for the applicable currencies would result in an estimated decrease in the fair value of these outstanding derivatives contracts by approximately $4.6 million. The sensitivity analysis recalculates the fair value of the exchange contracts outstanding at December 31, 2023 using the actual forward rates at December 31, 2023, which are then adjusted to be 10% weaker for each respective currency.



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ITEM 8.  FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

 


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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

To the stockholders and the Board of Directors of ICU Medical, Inc.

Opinion on the Financial Statements

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of ICU Medical, Inc. and subsidiaries (the "Company") as of December 31, 2023 and 2022, the related consolidated statements of operations, comprehensive (loss) income, stockholders' equity, and cash flows, for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2023, and the related notes and the schedule listed in the Index at Item 15 (collectively referred to as the "financial statements"). In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of December 31, 2023 and 2022, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2023, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

We have also audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB), the Company's internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2023, based on criteria established in Internal Control — Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission and our report dated February 27, 2024, expressed an unqualified opinion on the Company's internal control over financial reporting.

Basis for Opinion

These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company's financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the PCAOB and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

Critical Audit Matters

The critical audit matter communicated below is a matter arising from the current-period audit of the financial statements that was communicated or required to be communicated to the audit committee and that (1) relates to accounts or disclosures that are material to the financial statements and (2) involved our especially challenging, subjective, or complex judgments. The communication of critical audit matters does not alter in any way our opinion on the financial statements, taken as a whole, and we are not, by communicating the critical audit matter below, providing a separate opinion on the critical audit matter or on the accounts or disclosures to which it relates.

Revenue Recognition – Chargeback Reserve — Refer to Notes 1 and 4 to the financial statements

Critical Audit Matter Description

The Company recognizes revenue and the related accounts receivable for product sales, net of a reserve for estimated chargebacks. Chargebacks are the difference between prices the Company charges distribution customers and contracted prices the Company has with the end-customer which are processed as credits to the distribution customers.

Chargebacks are accounted for as variable consideration when determining the transaction price for purposes of recognizing revenue. Variable consideration is included in net sales only to the extent that a significant reversal in revenue is not probable when the uncertainty is resolved. The Company estimates and reserves for chargebacks as a reduction of revenue and the related accounts receivable at the time of sale to its distribution customers using information available at that time, including historical experience.

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Given the subjectivity and complexity of evaluating management’s assumptions used in the determination of the chargeback reserve, including the estimated chargeback amount for sales to distribution customers and the time to settle chargeback obligations, auditing the chargeback reserve requires a high degree of auditor judgment and an increased extent of effort.

How the Critical Audit Matter Was Addressed in the Audit

Our audit procedures related to the chargeback reserve included the following, among others:
We tested the effectiveness of certain controls related to management's assessment of assumptions related to estimating the provision for chargeback reserves, the provisioning, processing, and monitoring of chargeback transactions, and the reconciliation of chargeback reserves.

We tested chargeback estimates for purposes of determining whether revenues recognized at the time of sale were recorded in the proper period.