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Linde to Acquire Homecare Firm Lincare for $4.6 Billion

3:04 PM MDT | July 9, 2012 | —Deepti Ramesh

Reitzle: Taking the next big step. Linde has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Lincare Holdings (Clearwater, FL), a home health-care company, for about $4.6 billion. Linde will make a tender offer for all outstanding shares of Lincare at $41.50/common share in cash. Lincare provides oxygen, respiratory and home infusion products, and related services. The company had sales of $1.84 billion in 2011. Lincare’s board has unanimously approved the transaction, Linde says. The planned acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter of 2012...

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