Bayer’s Diabetes Care Business Fetches $1.1 Billion

Last week Bayer AG (XETRA: BAYN) agreed to sell its Diabetes Care business to Panasonic Healthcare Holdings Co., Ltd. for €1,022 million (¥138 billion), or $1.154 billion. The sale includes the leading Contour™ portfolio of blood glucose monitoring meters and strips, as well as other products such as Breeze™2, Elite™ and Microlet™ lancing devices. The portfolio accounted for €909 million (of $1.02 billion) in sales in 2014, according to Bayer. Panasonic Healthcare Holdings was formed in September 2013 when KKR & Co. (NYSE: KKR) invested $1.67 billion in cash to gain 80% control of the healthcare division of Japan’s Panasonic Corporation. Panasonic retained 20% of the division. With this acquisition, Panasonic strengthens its In Vitro Diagnostics including self-monitoring of blood glucose systems.

 

 

 

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