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McKesson moves to buy out remaining shares of Celesio

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO  — McKesson on Friday announced that the wholesaler has launched a voluntary public takeover offer for the remaining outstanding shares of Celesio through its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary Dragonfly. 

There are no closing conditions in relation to the takeover offer. McKesson currently exceeds 75% ownership of Celesio shares on a fully diluted basis.

The publication of the offer document for the takeover offer has been approved by the Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht and is now available on GlobalHealthcareLeader.com in German and in an English translation. 

Celesio shareholders can now accept the takeover offer and tender their shares in Celesio at the offer price of €23.50 per share ($32.45 per share). The initial acceptance period will end on April 2, 6 p.m. EST and will be followed by an additional two-week acceptance period following the publication of the results of takeover offer.

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Roundy’s sees net sales increase 2% for Q4

BY Ryan Chavis

MILWAUKEE — Roundy’s earlier this week reported financial results for fourth-quarter and full year ended Dec. 28, 2013.

For fourth-quarter 2013, the grocer saw a net sales increase of 2% to $1,001.9 million, with net income at $8.7 million, or $0.19 diluted net earnings per common share. For the full year 2013, the company saw net sales increase by 1.5% to $3,949.9 million. Net income was $34.5 million, or $0.76 diluted net earnings per common share.

“We continued to experience an improvement in our sales cadence across our core markets which helped us begin to generate a slight increase in a number of key metrics versus the prior year,” said Robert A. Mariano, chairman, president and CEO of Roundy’s. “While we still have important challenges to overcome in our core markets, we believe the investments we made in 2013 and continue to make in 2014 are beginning to resonate with our customers.”

 

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Walmart secures technology startup Yumprint

BY Marianne Wilson

SAN BRUNO, Calif. — WalmartLabs, Walmart’s online and digital development division, has acquired Seattle-based recipe technology startup Yumprint to expand its online grocery delivery services.

Yumprint has a website and mobile app to search and discover new recipes from thousands of food blogs, plan meals and calculate nutritional information.

In a blog post, WalmartLabs credited Yumprint founders Chris Crittenden and Wes Dyer for their vision on how technology can improve how “all of consumers discover and prepare our meals.”

“Chris and Wes’s ideas and ambitions for transforming the grocery shopping experience match the global opportunity Walmart enjoys in this space, and their accomplishments with Yumprint just scratch the surface of what we’re going to do next together,” wrote Ben Galbraith, VP of global products, WalmartLabs, in the post continued.

"Bringing Yumprint into the Walmart family will help customers more easily make shopping lists from their recipe finds before they shop," the retailer said in a news release.

WalmartLabs has made several acquisitions over the past year, including Bay Area startups OneOps and Tasty Labs. The retailer recently also opened a new e-commerce tech center in Sunnyvale.

 

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