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Thermo Fisher buying Qiagen in deal worth about $10.1B

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., a maker of scientific instrument and laboratory supplies, is buying Qiagen in a deal valued at about $10.1 billion. Qiagen NV is a provider of molecular diagnostics and sample preparation technologies. The Netherlands-based company has approximately 5,100 workers at 35 locations in more than 25 countries. It generated 2019 revenue of $1.53 billion.

Thermo Fisher posted revenue of more than $25 billion last year. The Waltham, Massachusetts-based company is offering 39 euros ($43.33) in cash for each Qiagen share, a premium of about 23% to its closing price Monday.

The combined company will work on speeding up the development of higher-specificity, faster and more comprehensive tests that may improve patient outcomes and reduce the cost of care. The transaction also includes approximately $1.4 billion in debt.

The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2021. Qiagen's stock surged 16%, while shares of Thermo Fisher rose nearly 5% in Tuesday premarket trading.

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