Fresenius CFO backs acquisition course: Boersen-Zeitung

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German healthcare group Fresenius (FREG.DE) will continue to look for acquisitions even if that leads to a temporary rise in debt, Boersen-Zeitung quoted the company’s finance chief as saying.

Last year Fresenius bought U.S. generic drugmaker Akorn Inc (AKRX.O) for $4.8 billion, the biosimilars arm of Germany’s Merck KGaA for as much as 670 million euros ($806 mln) and closed a 5.8 billion euro acquisition of Spanish hospital chain Quironsalud.

Rachel Empey, finance chief since last August, was asked in an interview with Boersen-Zeitung whether she unhesitatingly backed the proactive acquisition strategy. “By all means,” she said.

“Fresenius generates a very high and above all stable free cash flow and is able to scale back the debt burden after acquisitions quickly,” Empey, a British national who joined Fresenius in August from Telefonica Deutschland 02Dn.DE, said in the interview published on Saturday.

Reporting by Kathrin Jones; Writing by Andreas Cremer; Editing by Susan Fenton

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