On August 2, 2020 Varian (NYSE: VAR) reported that it has entered into a definitive agreement to combine with Siemens Healthineers AG (Frankfurt: SHL) in an all-cash transaction valued at $16.4 billion on a fully diluted basis (Press release, Varian Medical Systems, AUG 2, 2020, View Source [SID1234562662]). Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by Varian’s Board of Directors, Siemens Healthineers will acquire all outstanding shares of Varian for $177.50 per share in cash, representing a premium of approximately 42% to the 30-day volume weighted average closing price of Varian’s common stock as of July 31, 2020, the last trading day prior to the announcement of the transaction, and a premium of approximately 24% to the closing price of Varian’s common stock on July 31, 2020.
The combination will create a multi-disciplinary global healthcare leader with the most comprehensive cancer care portfolio in the industry. The combined company will offer an integrated platform of end-to-end oncology solutions to address the entire continuum of cancer care, from screening and diagnosis to care delivery and post-treatment survivorship. By bringing together the highly complementary diagnostic tools, imaging, radiotherapy and AI capabilities across both companies, Varian and Siemens Healthineers will lead the digital transformation of oncology healthcare, enabling more efficient diagnosis, increased treatment quality and access, personalized precision cancer care, and improved outcomes for millions of patients worldwide.
"Today’s announcement represents an important milestone in our company’s history, and our Board is confident that this is the right path forward for Varian," said Dow Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Varian. "In addition to delivering immediate and compelling value to our shareholders, the combination with Siemens Healthineers brings us even closer to realizing our transformative vision of a world without fear of cancer. Siemens Healthineers’ innovative leadership in detection and diagnosis will extend our ability to serve clinicians and patients from the very first stage in the fight against cancer. And, we will be positioned to transform care for a greater number of patients worldwide."
Wilson continued, "Varian’s innovative and patient-centric culture has enabled us to become an iconic leader in radiotherapy and multi-disciplinary cancer care, with a trusted global brand and strong customer loyalty. Siemens Healthineers values our talented and engaged employees and recognizes the strength of the Varian brand, our cutting-edge portfolio, and the relationships we’ve nurtured. We are thrilled to partner with them to extend our renowned customer care to reach more patients around the world. With Siemens Healthineers, we can accelerate our vision, meaningfully increase our patient care impact and broaden opportunities for our employees as part of a larger and more diversified organization."
Dr. Bernd Montag, CEO of Siemens Healthineers AG said, "With this combination of two leading companies we make two leaps in one step: A leap in the fight against cancer and a leap in our overall impact on healthcare. This decisive moment in the history of our companies means more hope and less uncertainty for patients, an even stronger partner for our customers, and for society more effective and efficient medical care. Together with Varian’s outstanding and passionate employees, we will shape the future of healthcare more than ever before."
The transaction is expected to close in the first half of calendar year 2021, subject to approval by Varian shareholders, receipt of regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.
Varian has established strong brand recognition, and expects to continue to operate under the Varian name as an independent company within Siemens Healthineers following the completion of the transaction.
Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Results
In a separate press release issued today, Varian announced financial results for its third quarter fiscal year 2020.
Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC is serving as exclusive financial advisor to Varian and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is serving as legal counsel.