IMS Health draws interest following failed VNU merger: Reuters
Health care data firm IMS Health is drawing glances from potential private equity suitors, Reuters reported today.
An online report from the news service said interest in IMS among unnamed buyout shops was in its very early stages, with formal talks between the parties yet to take place.
The news comes following the breakup of IMS' failed $7 billion acquisition deal with Dutch media company VNU. Investors had railed against VNU's planned takeover of IMS as a bad fit, a movement that eventually triggered the resignation of VNU's chief executive on Nov. 17 when the deal was officially scuttled.