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Siemens Healthineers plans two-step €7.5 billion capital hike for Varian acquisition: Sources

Siemens Healthineers plans two-step €7.5 billion capital hike for Varian acquisition: Sources

A workshop of computed tomography (CT) scanners of medical device firm Siemens Healthineers in Shanghai, China, Feb 24, 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Aly Song)

MUNICH: Siemens Healthineers plans a two-step capital increase to raise €7.5 billion (US$8.80 billion) via share placements to help finance its acquisition of Varian Medical Systems, sources close to the matter said on Monday (Aug 3).

The German health group said on Sunday it was buying US peer Varian in a US$16.4 billion deal that seeks to create the global leader in cancer care solutions.

Varian shares rose 22 per cent in early trading on Monday, while Healthineers' shares were down 6.7 per cent at €41.00 each on concerns that Healthineers was paying a steep price.

Healthineers said on Sunday that it would pay US$177.50 each for Varian shares, a 24 per cent premium to the shares' closing price on Friday.

Shares in parent company Siemens, however, rose 3.7 per cent on Monday to €112.28.

Healthineers said it plans to raise roughly €7.5 billion in equity to finance the deal, with the remainder coming from debt that parent Siemens will provide.

To avoid raising the money through a rights issue, Healthineers plans to place up to 10per cent of shares on the market using its authorised capital later this year. The company will seek shareholder approval for a similar transaction next year, the sources said.

Siemens' stake in Healthineers will be diluted to about 72 per cent from 85 per cent following the share sale.

The debt part of the transaction will be provided by parent Siemens, given that it is expected to get better terms than newcomer Healthineers, spun out of Siemens in 2018.

By buying Varian, Healthineers is acquiring the leader in radiation therapy with a market share of over 50 per cent. In case the deal falls through, Siemens will have to pay a US$450 million break fee.

Source: Reuters

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