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Cinven looks to take Synlab private as Covid boost falters

Frankfurt-listed Synlab could be about to be taken private following a non-binding full takeover offer earlier this week. With its full year results released yesterday and facing questions about its plans, HBI asks market experts what they think of the move.

Penta buys one for the future in Poland

Czech-Slovak investment group Penta has acquired Polish hospital group Grupa Nowy Szpital (GNS). With this, Penta is making further inroads into the tricky Polish market. HBI asks, given the state of the Polish market, is now really the right time to buy?

MidEuropa buys Optegra

UK, Czechia and Poland-based ophthalmology company Optegra has found a buyer - PE firm MidEuropa has reached a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake while management and current owners H2 will retain minority stakes.

Orpea pledges to pay in full as restructuring rumours continue

French elderly care giant Orpea continues to hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Over the last week, dozens of facilities were raided by the French authorities, talk continues to be rife about restructuring and potential exits, and contrary to previous assertions HBI understands the group now intends to pay back the full €56m owed to the state.

FutureLife enters Spain and Italy

FutureLife, the Czech Republic-based fertility company, has entered Spain and Italy with its latest acquisition. Owned by PE companies CVC and Hartenberg holding, the group has acquired Institut Marquès (IM), an assisted reproduction company based in Barcelona with clinics in Spain and Italy.

Affidea deal – underbidders and EBITDA

HBI hears that the surprise buyer of European imaging and cancer treatment provider Affidea, Groupe Bruxelles Lambert (GBL) may not have been the highest bidder, despite winning out. HBI considers who else was in the running, and the EBITDA figure that may have been used for the deal.

Affidea bought by Groupe Bruxelles Lambert

Groupe Bruxelles Lambert (“GBL”) has signed definitive agreements to acquire a majority stake in European imaging and cancer treatment provider Affidea from B-FLEXION, the private investment firm of the Switzerland-based billionaire Bertarelli family. GBL will invest up to €1bn of equity for the transaction which is its first substantive healthcare investment.

KKR set to acquire IVI-RMA

Multiple sources say US-based buyout specialist KKR is close to closing a deal to buy Spain-based global fertility player IVI-RMA, the largest group in the sector by revenue.

Will record results for Synlab precipitate Cinven sale?

Almost a year after its IPO, lab giant Synlab has posted strong FY21 results bolstered by Covid, but not, it says, dependant on it. Management say extra cash will be used as a springboard for growth. Could it also lead to private equity majority shareholder Cinven selling its remaining interest?

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