Varian, Inc. (VARI) was recently acquired by Agilent Technologies, Inc. (A) in an all-cash transaction worth $1.5 billion. The deal excludes Varian’s Australia-based inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry instruments business, its Netherlands-based laboratory gas chromatography instruments business and its California-based gas chromatography triple-quadrupole mass spectrometry instruments business. These businesses will be acquired by Bruker Corp. (BRKR), which Agilent has committed to divest. While a majority of Varian’s product lines will be integrated into Agilent’s Chemical Analysis Group (CAG), a few will be integrated within Agilent’s Life Sciences Group (LSG). VARI is in the scientific instruments business -- analytical instruments, research products and related software, consumable products, accessories and services -- and also supplies vacuum products (and related accessories and services).(Note: we are reporting this blog due to an error. The original post, submitted at 2:42pm today, is no longer to be relied upon.)
updated May 17, 2010
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