(Reuters) – Australian hospital operator Healthscope (HSP.AX) said on Monday it has got two more takeover offers valuing the company at more than A$1.84 billion ($1.56 billion) as a bidding war intensifies.
The offer price of A$5.80 a share was 0.9 percent higher than an existing offer for the group and a 10.9 per cent premium to Friday’s closing share price.
The shares rose 5.7 percent to A$5.53 in early trade, a 4.6 percent discount to the latest offer.
Healthscope in a statement advised shareholders to take no action and added it would take several weeks to evaluate the offer.
Last week, a source said private equity firm Blackstone Group LP (BX.N) had joined TPG and Carlyle in their bid at A$5.75 a share.
Private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts was also planning to lodge a bid for the company, media reports said Monday.
At least three analysts have put valuations of between A$5.80 and A$6.70 on Healthscope if the company’s hospitals and pathology arms were broken up.
The bid would be the largest private equity bid in Australia since 2008.
(Reporting by Michael Smith; Editing by Ed Davies)