FRANKFURT Jan 8 U.S. drugs wholesale group
McKesson is preparing to offer concessions to hedge fund
Elliott to save its planned acquisition of Germany-based peer
Celesio, three people familiar with the deal said on Wednesday.
Elliott, which has amassed a stake large enough to block the
deal, has said it rejects the $8.3 billion bid in its current
"McKesson is budging, they are working actively on a
solution," one of the sources said.
Celesio shares extended gains on the news and traded 5.5
percent higher at 23.65 euros ($32.18) at 1248 GMT.
McKesson in October offered 23 euro per Celesio share in a
bid backed by Celesio's majority investor Franz Haniel & Cie
, seeking to forge a global leader in drugs
distribution to boost its bargaining power with pharma majors.
Time is running out because McKesson has set a Thursday
night deadline for Celesio shares to be tendered. It has made
its bid contingent on getting at least 75 percent of Celesio's
shares, including those from convertible bonds.
San Francisco-based McKesson was not immediately available
for comment outside business hours. Celesio and Elliott declined