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Agilent Acquires ULTRA Scientific Assets, Expands Portfolio

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Agilent Technologies, Inc.A recently announced that it has successfully closed the acquisition of the business assets of ULTRA Scientific, Inc.

The deal was announced in May but its financial terms were not disclosed. The buyout will aid Agilent's chemical standards business and further help in providing complete workflow solutions to customers.

Coming to share price, shares of Agilent have slightly underperformed its industry on a year-to-date basis. The stock has registered a gain of 2.99% compared with the industry 's growth of 14.18% in the said period.

Deal Details

As revealed, Ultra Scientific is a manufacturer and supplier of certified reference materials, organic and inorganic standards, calibration standards, IQ/OQ/PQ and quality control check standards. The solutions are used in key end markets including environmental, food, forensics, pharmaceutical, chemical and energy, and academia and government by laboratory professionals.

The deal will strengthen Agilent's certified reference materials and chemical standards business portfolio. In addition, the deal will provide complete workflow solutions across Agilent's instrument platforms, thereby meeting customer needs in a better way. The deal will also boost the company's recurring revenues.

Acquisitions - Key Catalyst

Over the past few years, strategic acquisitions have played an important role in shaping Agilent's growth trajectory.

Continuous strategic acquisitions should support Agilent to expand product offerings, strengthen its footprint in the international markets and build customer base.

However, these acquisitions will likely keep Agilent's operating margins under pressure, as it requires a significant amount of new investments.

Agilent Technologies, Inc. Price and Consensus

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Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

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