MILAN, June 9 Italy's DeA Capital,
which controls Generale de Sante through its Sante and
Sante Development Europe units, said on Monday it had extended
until June 10 an exclusivity period granted to Australia's
Ramsay Health Care to submit a binding offer for its
Ramsay is aiming to gain a majority stake in French private
healthcare group Generale de Sante via a joint bid that values
the company at around 910 million euros ($1.24 billion).
The Australian healthcare group and Credit Agricole
Assurances made in May a joint offer for 83.43 percent
of the company at 16.75 euros a share.
DeA Capital, which is part of Italian conglomerate De
Agostini, took over General de Sante in 2007. Other main
shareholders are Italian businessman Antonino Ligresti and
merchant bank Mediobanca.
($1 = 0.7345 Euros)
(Reporting by Lisa Jucca)