FRANKFURT, April 7 U.S. drugs wholesaler group
McKesson on Monday said that shareholders in takeover
target Celesio may tender their shares for an
additional two-week acceptance period beginning on Tuesday.
The extended takeover offer will expire on April 22, 2014,
McKesson said in a regulatory filing.
The U.S. company also said it now owns a 75.7 percent stake
in Celesio on a fully diluted basis, above the threshold it had
set itself for gaining control of the German drugs distributor.
McKesson's 75-percent threshold for completing its offer was
based on an assumption that all outstanding convertible bonds
would become shares, diluting existing holdings.
(Reporting by Edward Taylor; Editing by Ludwig Burger)