Siemens Healthineers AG (Frankfurt: SHL) today announced that it has successfully completed the acquisition of Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (“Varian”). The acquisition was previously announced on August 2, 2020.
“With Varian, Siemens Healthineers has the most comprehensive portfolio in the MedTech sector, which offers the company considerable potential for value creation. With a highly integrated approach, Siemens Healthineers will take the global fight against cancer to a new level,” said Prof. Dr Ralf P. Thomas, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Siemens Healthineers AG.
“With the completion of this transaction, we are now best-positioned to take two leaps together: a leap in cancer care and a leap in our impact on healthcare overall. Together, we are establishing a strong and trusted partner capable of supporting customers and patients along the entire cancer care continuum as well as through all major clinical pathways,” said Dr Bernd Montag, CEO of Siemens Healthineers AG.
“Through the transformative combination of Varian and Siemens Healthineers, our united company will address the growing need for personalised, data-driven diagnosis and precision cancer care that enables us to fight back against globally increasing cancer rates,” said Chris Toth, CEO of Varian, a Siemens Healthineers company. “By bringing together our unique and highly complementary portfolios and capabilities, we will support oncology clinicians and patients in achieving better outcomes and move even closer to achieving our vision of a world without fear of cancer.”
The combined company is creating a unique, highly integrated portfolio of imaging, laboratory diagnostics, artificial intelligence and treatment for the global fight against cancer with significant potential for increased value creation. The acquisition aligns perfectly with the “Upgrading” phase of Siemens Healthineers strategy. With today’s closing of the acquisition, Varian is expected to positively contribute to Siemens Healthineers adjusted basic earnings per share within the first 12 months. Additionally, Siemens Healthineers aims for EBIT synergies of at least EUR 300 million per annum in fiscal year 2025.
Varian and Siemens Healthineers are building on the long-standing strategic partnership called “EnVision” to establish a comprehensive digital, diagnostic and therapeutic ecosystem that includes treatment management. With Varian, Siemens Healthineers will leverage AI-assisted analytics to advance the development and delivery of data-driven precision care and redefine cancer diagnosis, care delivery and post-treatment survivorship. Through early and accurate detection as well as more efficient diagnosis, increased treatment quality and access, Siemens Healthineers will support and accelerate Varian’s mission to reduce uncertainty for cancer patients and increase the level of cancer survivorship.
Siemens Healthineers completed the first phase of its Strategy 2025 at the end of fiscal year 2019, during which the company successfully implemented its IPO and launched important product innovations such as the AI-Rad Companions. With the start of fiscal year 2020, Siemens Healthineers has entered the second phase of its “Siemens Healthineers Strategy 2025.” This “Upgrading” phase will take Siemens Healthineers to the next level of profitable growth. With the acquisitions of Corindus and ECG Management Consultants, the company has already strengthened its offerings in adjacent growth areas. And, with Varian, Siemens Healthineers is well-positioned to grow in existing markets, enter adjacent fields and make new markets.
Varian’s common stock ceased trading on the New York Stock Exchange prior to the opening of trading today.