Siemens Healthineers AG is considering a sale of its ultrasound business, which could be valued at about $1 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. The German provider of medical equipment is weighing its options after receiving expressions of interest in the business, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing confidential information. A sale could attract private equity and strategic bidders, the people said.
A sale of the ultrasound unit would add to $161 billion worth of health-care transactions globally this year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That’s up more than 260% on the same period in 2020, when the coronavirus crisis was starting to put dealmaking across sectors on ice.
Siemens Healthineers was involved in one of the largest medical acquisitions of 2020, when it agreed to buy Varian Medical Systems for about $16.4 billion in cash. The deal gives Siemens Healthineers a sizeable market share in the rapidly growing field of cancer treatment and helps the company chart a path toward joining Germany’s bluechip DAX Index.
Source: BNN Bloomberg
By Manuel Baigorri, Dinesh Nair and Eyk Henning
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