Air Liquide : Finalization of Gasmedi acquisition, leading home healthcare player in Spain

  Air Liquide : Finalization of Gasmedi acquisition, leading home healthcare
  player in Spain

Business Wire

PARIS -- September 21, 2012

Regulatory News:

In accordance with the announcement made on 19 July 2012 and following the
approval of the Spanish Competition Authority, Air Liquide (Paris:AI) has just
finalized the acquisition of Gasmedi, for an enterprise value of

AirLiquide has now gained full control of Gasmedi, the third largest player
in Spain’s home healthcare sector. Active in this business for more than
15years, Gasmedi has more than 500 employees and takes care of
125,000patients in 14 of Spain’s 17 regions. The company specializes mainly
in home respiratory assistance (oxygen therapy and the treatment of sleep

Gasmedi’s 2011 revenues amounted to € 82 million, up +13% compared with 2010.

Pascal Vinet, Vice President, Healthcare Global Operations and member of the
Group Executive Committee, commented: “We are delighted to welcome these new
employees into the Group and to be able to rely upon their expertise and
commitment. This acquisition is in line with our growth strategy in
homehealthcare; it will give us a leading position in Spain and confirm our
leadership in Europe. Health is one of the Group’s growth drivers.”


Air Liquide’s Healthcare Business Line
Air Liquide's Healthcare World Business Line serves over 6,000 hospitals and
700,000patients at home throughout the world. It provides medical gases, home
healthcare services, hygiene products and medical equipment.
With 9,300 employees, the Group’s Healthcare Business Line published
€2,076million in revenues in 2011.

Home healthcare
Air Liquide, European leader and 3^rdworldwide in home healthcare, provides
home healthcare services in compliance with medical prescription for patients
suffering from chronic illnesses such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary
Disease), sleep apnea and diabetes. These home healthcare services are being
developed in addition to hospital care, enabling patients to enjoy better
quality of life and local authorities to reduce costs.
Home Healthcare represents 45% of AirLiquide’s total 2011 Healthcare revenue.

Air Liquide in Spain
Air Liquide has been present in Spain since 1909.
Today, the Group has more than 1,000employees in Spain. Air Liquide in Spain
supplies gases to all sectors of the industry anddoes business in the
Engineering& Construction sector.
The Group is also present in Healthcare through its activities at patients’
home and in the hospital market.


Air Liquide is the world leader in gases for industry, health and the
environment, and is present in 80countries with 46,200employees. Oxygen,
nitrogen, hydrogen and rare gases have been at the core of Air Liquide’s
activities since its creation in 1902. Using these molecules, Air Liquide
continuously reinvents its business, anticipating the needs of current and
future markets. The Group innovates to enable progress, to achieve dynamic
growth and a consistent performance.

Innovative technologies that curb polluting emissions, lower industry’s energy
use, recover and reuse natural resources or develop the energies of tomorrow,
such as hydrogen, biofuels or photovoltaic energy… Oxygen for hospitals, home
healthcare, fighting nosocomial infections… Air Liquide combines many products
and technologies to develop valuable applications and services not only for
its customers but also for society.

A partner for the long term, Air Liquide relies on employee commitment,
customer trust and shareholder support to pursue its vision of sustainable,
competitive growth. The diversity of Air Liquide’s teams, businesses, markets
and geographic presence provides a solid and sustainable base for its
development and strengthens its ability to push back its own limits, conquer
new territories and build its future.

Air Liquide explores the best that air can offer to preserve life, staying
true to its Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable development
approach. In 2011, the Group’s revenues amounted to €14.5billion, of which
more than 80% were generated outside France. AirLiquide is listed on the
Paris Euronext stock exchange (compartment A) and is a member of the CAC 40
and Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 indexes.


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