PALO ALTO, Calif., May 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Varian (NYSE: VAR) today announced it received notice from Sirtex MedicalLimited (Sirtex) on May 21, 2018 (Pacific daylight time) that the board of directors of Sirtex has now received a binding proposal (CDH Proposal) from CDH Investments, a China-based alternative
Sirtex has notified Varian of the material terms and conditions of the CDH Proposal, and also announced them to the Australian Securities Exchange. Under the terms of the scheme of arrangement entered into between Sirtex and Varian (Varian Scheme), Varian has the right to submit a counterproposal to the CDH Proposal. Varian has formally notified Sirtex that it will not be submitting a counterproposal and that Varian is committed to the terms of the Varian Scheme at the purchase price offered by Varian of A$28 per share.
The board of directors of Sirtex is considering the relative merits and risks of the CDH Proposal compared to the Varian Scheme, including the respective offer prices, the risks and timing to completion and the potential outcomes for Sirtex shareholders if a control transaction does not complete. The board of directors of Sirtex has not yet formed a view on these matters and continues to unanimously support and recommend the Varian Scheme.
Varian continues to believe that the Varian Scheme is superior to the CDH Proposal for Sirtex stockholders for the following reasons:
In contrast, the CDH Proposal is highly uncertain:
Varian, consistent with previous communications remains ready, willing and able to perform its obligations pursuant to the terms of the Varian Scheme.
About Varian Varian is a leader in developing and delivering cancer care solutions, and is focused on creating a world without fear of cancer. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, Varian employs approximately 6,500 people around the world. For more information, visit http://www.varian.com and follow @VarianMedSys on Twitter.
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