BOSTON, Mass.—March 19, 2020—GE (NYSE:GE) announced that, together with Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR) (“Danaher”), it has entered into a consent decree agreement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) in connection with GE’s definitive agreement to sell its BioPharma business to Danaher for approximately $20 billion of net proceeds. GE currently expects to close the transaction on March 31, 2020.
GE Chairman and CEO H. Lawrence Culp, Jr., said, “Today’s update represents a critical milestone on our journey to transform GE. The value from this transaction will fortify our considerable sources to de-risk our balance sheet and continue to solidify our financial position. As we navigate this challenging external environment, we are focused on protecting the safety of our people, serving our customers in this critical time of need, and continuing to strengthen our businesses.”
The acceptance by the FTC satisfies all required antitrust clearances needed to be obtained for the transaction. In addition to the FTC, the transaction has also been cleared by the European Commission and the Brazilian, Chinese, Israeli, Japanese, Korean, and Russian antitrust authorities. The closing of the acquisition remains subject to other customary closing conditions set forth in the purchase agreement. The transaction is not subject to a financing condition or a shareholder vote.
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