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Cerner to Buy Siemens Health Data Business for $1.3 Billion

Tuesday, 05 August 2014 06:11 PM

Cerner Corp., an electronic medical records provider, said it would buy Siemens AG’s health information technology unit for $1.3 billion.

The two companies plan a “strategic alliance” around medical devices, imaging and health-care technology, they said Tuesday in a statement. The purchase is expected to add 15 cents to earnings per share in 2015, Kansas City-based Cerner said.

Cerner is the fourth-leading supplier of electronic records systems to U.S. hospitals, according to Software Advice, an Austin, Texas, consulting firm. The Obama administration has paid doctors and hospitals about $25 billion to install the systems since 2011, trying to improve the efficiency and safety of health care. Siemens had been exploring the sale of its hospital information unit to focus on energy and industrial businesses, two people familiar with the plans told Bloomberg News last month.

“We believe this is an all-win situation for the clients of both organizations and all of our associates and shareholders,” Neal Patterson, Cerner’s chairman and chief executive officer, said in the statement.

The health-care division for Munich-based Siemens had the highest profit margin of the company’s four businesses in 2013, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser has sought to spin off parts of the health unit and focus the rest of the company on “electrification, digitalization and automation.”

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Danaher Corp.’s Beckman Coulter last month agreed to buy Siemens’s clinical microbiology business in a deal expected to close in the first quarter of 2015. No terms were disclosed. Siemens divested eight businesses last year, the most of any European industrial company, according to Bloomberg Intelligence data.

Combined with Siemens’s health IT unit, Cerner said it expects annual sales of $4.5 billion, about $1.6 billion more than in 2013. Research and development expenditures will be about $650 million annually, Cerner said, about $311 million more than in 2013, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Cerner said it will continue to support an electronic records system developed by Siemens for at least a decade. Under the strategic alliance, each company will contribute as much as $50 million over three years toward “projects of shared importance,” Cerner said.

The electronic health records business in the U.S. is led by closely held Epic Systems Corp. of Verona, Wisconsin, which supplies about 19 percent of hospitals and 20 percent of doctors’ offices that have declared themselves to be “meaningful users” of the systems, according to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services analyzed by Software Advice. Cerner supplies about 9 percent of U.S. hospitals.

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