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Austria's AMS ups takeover offer for German lighting group Osram

Austria's AMS ups takeover offer for German lighting group Osram
FILE PHOTO: A lit bulb by German lighting manufacturer Osram is seen in front of packages with different Osram bulbs in this picture illustration taken September 1, 2019. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert/Illustration/File Photo -
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VIENNA (Reuters) – Austrian sensor maker AMS <AMS.S> has increased its takeover offer for German lighting group Osram <OSRn.DE> to 41.00 euros per share from 38.50 euros, heating up a bidding war over Osram.

Osram said on Wednesday Bain and its new partner Advent were prepared to make a bid and would offer a price “meaningfully” above AMS’s bid, which at the time was for 38.50 euros a share, or 4.3 billion euros ($4.7 billion).

“All other terms and conditions of the best and final offer remain unchanged,” AMS said in its statement on Friday announcing the increase in its all-cash offer, which it said still expires on Oct. 1.

Shares in Osram were up 3.1% at 39.90 euros while Zurich-listed AMS was down 7.5% after they resumed trading at 1010 GMT.

“We have provided comprehensive commitments aimed at safeguarding employees and production facilities of Osram in Germany and have carefully planned the successful integration of both companies,” AMS said.

“We offer a superior proposal to all stakeholders, including the Osram employees, given our strategic vision, higher growth, better cash flows and lower cost of capital,” it added.

(Reporting by Thomas Seythal and Francois Murphy; editing by Tassilo Hummel and Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

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