Robur accepts Investor’s Gambro bid

Fund company Robur, one of Gambro’s largest owners, has agreed to accept a higher bid for the medical technology company from the Wallenberg family’s holding company Investor.

The decision follows an analysis of the bid and the market’s conditions for Gambro, Robur said in a press release. Investor intends to take Gambro, which specializes in kidney dialysis equipment, private.

“Our basic attitude is that the company should develop on the stock exchange,” said Mats Lagerqvist, Roburs’s chairman. “However, in our discussions with other owners we have made an assessment that there exists little support to push Gambro onward as listed company. We are happy that the owners were able to reach a higher bid.”

Investor were please with Roburs’s decision.

“It is clearly positive,” said Fredrik Lindgren, Investors spokesman.

Gambro’s stockholders have until next Wednesday to consider the offer.

“That the second largest owner of Gambro standing behind the deal is an important step on the way to our goal of having 90 percent of stockholders with us,” Lindgren said. “Of course we will await Wednesday’s results until we know exactly how it turns out.”

AMF Pension has also accepted the bid for Gambro.

The investment bank Credit Suisse has sold stock in Gambro, which is being bought by Investor and EQT, and now controls 4.5 percent of the capital and 4.4 percent of the votes at Gambro.

Investor and EQT raised the May 15 bid for Gambro 4 kronor to 113.70 kronor per share.