US healthcare giant buys Sweden’s Gambro

US healthcare giant buys Sweden's Gambro
US healthcare giant Baxter International said Tuesday it would buy Gambro, a privately held Swedish dialysis products maker, for $4 billion.

“Baxter has a legacy of innovation in dialysis, including the development of peritoneal dialysis for the treatment of end-stage kidney disease patients in the home,” Baxter chief executive and chairman Robert Parkinson said in a statement.

“This acquisition further strengthens our global dialysis offerings by extending our portfolio in the hemodialysis segment.”

Baxter said the acquisition would help it accelerate product sales in established markets such as Europe.

In addition, the Deerfield, Illinois-based company said the deal could “expand Gambro’s reach in high-growth regions of Latin America and Asia-Pacific, where Baxter has steadily grown its peritoneal dialysis (PD) business.”

The takeover, expected to be completed in the first half of 2013, will be financed through a combination cash and debt.

Based in Lund in southern Sweden, Gambro, a provider of dialysis products and technologies used in hemodialysis and continuous renal replacement therapy, had sales of approximately $1.6 billion in 2011.

“This acquisition responds to the needs of the nephrology community, healthcare providers and patients seeking a comprehensive dialysis offering of proven products and therapies,” Gambro CEO Guido Oelkers said in the statement.

Shares in Baxter fell 0.8 percent to $65.29 in early trade in New York on Tuesday.

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