FRANKFURT May 4 German industrial group Siemens
does not need to rush with a planned listing of its
healthcare unit as it believes the market will stay healthy for
some time, its finance chief said on Thursday.
Siemens said in November it planned a stock-market listing
for the $15 billion revenue business. After reporting quarterly
results on Thursday, it said it was exploring two or three
options for doing this, without being specific.
"We're not in a hurry. We don't need to react very quickly,"
Ralf Thomas told reporters on a conference call. "We don't
believe that the market environment is going to completely flip
overnight. That's why we don't feel under pressure."
He added that he would not rule out the possibility that
Siemens could achieve the stock-market listing by merging the
business with that of an already-listed company, as it did with
Spanish renewables group Gamesa, but at the same time
said Gamesa should not be considered a blueprint.
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(Reporting by Georgina Prodhan; Editing by Maria Sheahan)