* Helios unit to benefit from higher reimbursements
* Fresenius now sees 2013 net income up 11-14 pct
* FMC unit Q2 net misses market view on U.S. healthcare cuts
(Adds background on hospitals business, FMC unit results)
FRANKFURT, July 30 German diversified healthcare
group Fresenius SE raised its 2013 profit outlook, as
its hospitals unit stands to benefit from higher reimbursement
The company said on Tuesday it now expects net income to
rise 11-14 percent, excluding exchange rate effects and
integration costs for the acquired Fenwal business. Previously
it saw its profit rising 7-12 percent.
In the three months through June, adjusted net profit rose
about 10 percent to 258 million euros ($342 million), falling
slightly short of consensus in a Reuters poll of 264 million
Germany will next month introduce higher reimbursements paid
to German hospitals, many of which are struggling to fund
investments in medical gear.
Fresenius's Helios unit, Germany's largest private-sector
hospitals chain by sales, buys underfunded hospitals from
cash-strapped municipalities or other public-sector operators
and restructures them to turn them around.
The group's listed subsidiary Fresenius Medical Care
, the world's largest dialysis provider, reported
second-quarter net income below expectations, hurt by austerity
measures in the United States, its most important market.
A 2 percent reduction of U.S. federal spending under
automatic cuts known as sequestration kicked in earlier this
year, hurting healthcare providers.
Net income dropped 9 percent to $263 million, while analysts
had on average expected $280 million.
The company said on Tuesday it continued to aim for 2013 net
income of between $1.1 billion and $1.15 billion.
($1 = 0.7545 euros)
(Reporting by Ludwig Burger; Editing by Maria Sheahan)