FRANKFURT, Sept 3 German healthcare conglomerate
Fresenius said its Helios hospitals unit would
continue to focus on Germany after it dropped its attempt to
take over Rhoen-Klinikum.
"An international expansion is not on the agenda," Fresenius
Chief Executive Ulf Schneider told a conference call on Monday.
Fresenius earlier said it would for the time being not
pursue the takeover of Rhoen after two other companies bought
stakes to block the 3.1 billion-euro ($3.9 billion) merger of
Germany's two biggest private hospital operators.
The company also said on the conference call it now held 5
percent plus one share in Rhoen to keep its options open.
(Reporting by Ludwig Burger; Editing by Helen Massy-Beresford)