KKR, EQT among investors eyeing stake in Germany's Stratec -sources

LONDON (Reuters) – Financial investors including KKR and EQT are considering offers for a stake in listed German laboratory supplier Stratec, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday.

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According to a report by Bloomberg, Permira and CVC are also interested in a 40.55% stake held by company founder Hermann Leistner and his family.

Considerations are at an early stage, but a deal could trigger a takeover bid to all shareholders. It is not yet clear whether the offers are individual or potentially joint bids.

JP Morgan is advising Stratec, according to a source familiar with the situation.

KKR, EQT, Permira, Stratec and JP Morgan declined to comment. CVC did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Stratec shares listed in Germany’s small-cap SDAX index rose more than 17% on Friday morning, driven by the takeover speculation.

The company is valued at 1.23 billion euros ($1.36 billion) on the stock exchange.

The biomedical technology firm benefited from demand for laboratory products during the coronavirus pandemic.

It employs about 1,400 people and produces machinery to automate in-vitro testing in laboratories, including for for coronavirus.

Its earnings for the first nine months of 2021 rose 61% to 58 million euros.

In the current financial year, the Birkenfeld-based company expects earnings to decline due to rising costs related to raw materials and transportation.

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