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Siemens values its Healthineers’ IPO at about US$38bn


Siemens AG will press ahead with an initial public offering (IPO) of its health-care unit, as chief executive officer Joe Kaeser unloads another key business at Europe’s largest engineering company.

The IPO of a 15 percent stake in Siemens Healthineers is planned for Friday next week, the Munich-based company said in a statement on Sunday.

Siemens expects to generate 3.9 billion euros (US$4.8 billion) to 4.65 billion euros from the offering. The shares will be priced in a range of 26 euros and 31 euros each.

The IPO, which might be the largest in Europe this year, values Siemens Healthineers at as much as 31 billion euros.

That is less than an earlier estimate of as much as 40 billion euros, and the offering comes amid market volatility that temporarily dampened investor appetite.

A bet by Siemens Healthineers on the success of its Atellica portfolio of lab equipment and products, launched last year, is also weighing on the sale.

The IPO is part of a broad overhaul of Siemens by Kaeser, who also merged the wind power unit with Spanish competitor Gamesa SA last year, is combining the company’s train business with that of Alstom SA, and, according to people familiar with the matter, plans to sell the Flender GmbH mechanical drives operation.

Kaeser has likened the moves as shifting the company from being an aircraft carrier to a nimble fleet of ships.

Healthineers posted profit of 2.49 billion euros on revenue of 13.8 billion euros for the year ended Sept. 30 last year, Siemens AG said in November.

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