Siemens picks banks for two disposals: sources

Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:54am EST
 

By Arno Schuetze

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Siemens AG has picked banks to organize the sale of two units as part of its efforts to streamline operations and stay competitive in a weak global economy, people familiar with the matter said.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc will advise the German conglomerate on the sale of its Water Technologies units, while Rothschild will oversee the divestment of its smaller security products arm, which makes access card readers and technology for intruder detection and surveillance, the sources said on Monday.

Siemens, Goldman and Rothschild all declined comment.

Siemens, which ranks as Germany's second-most valuable company and which makes products ranging from trains to hearing aids, late last year announced the plan to divest several units in a bid to focus on its most profitable businesses.

It also aims to put itself in a better position to compete in core product areas with the likes of Switzerland's ABB Ltd and U.S.-based General Electric Co.

Since then, several possible bidders for the water unit - which has annual sales of about 1 billion euros ($1.4 million) and employs 600 - have approached the Munich-based group and investment bankers have started to work on the possible sale, the sources said.

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Siemens built up its water technology operations through a flurry of acquisitions over the last decade, buying the water systems and services division of U.S. Filter from Veolia Environnement for instance for $1 billion in 2004.   Continued...

 
The logo of Siemens AG company is pictured atop a factory in Berlin October 9, 2012. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch