DSM to buy Roche vitamins - paper

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The future of the vitamins unit of Swiss drug group Roche could be
decided soon, with German press reports suggesting that DSM is the
leading candidate to buy the business.

A report in the German newspaper Badische Zeitung​ claims that Dutch speciality chemicals group DSM is on the verge of acquiring the vitamins division of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche.

Roche has been looking into a number of options for its vitamins business - although a sale has always been the most likely outcome - after a series of poor performances at the division and the impact of the fine imposed by the EU for its part in a price fixing cartel.

Neither Roche nor DSM have commented on the details of the report, although Roche did reiterate that it was considering a number of options for the vitamin unit while a spokesman for DSM said that the acquisition of the vitamin maker "could not be ruled out as a possibility"​.

DSM is in the process of restructuring its operations and focusing on speciality chemicals, and it has been linked with a number of other potential takeover targets, including Degussa and Christian Hansen.

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