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Buyout Firms Said to Consider Sale of Two Capio Divisions

The private-equity owners of Swedish hospital operator Capio AB are considering the sale of the group’s U.K. and German operations, said three people with knowledge of the matter.

Nordic Capital and Apax Partners LLP, the owners of the Gothenburg, Sweden-based company, have held discussions with Rothschild, the Paris-based merger adviser, about seeking buyers for the units, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private.

Nordic and Apax bought Capio, which has 11,000 employees in Sweden, Norway, France, Germany and the U.K., according to its website, for 17 billion kronor ($2.6 billion) in 2006. Its Spanish unit, Capio Sanidad SL, was sold in 2011 for an undisclosed sum, while the company raised 190 million euros ($256 million) of new debt in May.

Apax Europe Funds owns 45 percent of the group, while Nordic Capital Fund VI has 44 percent and Apax France Funds 11 percent, according to Capio’s website. Apax France, which shares historical ties with Apax Partners, is a separate company.

Officials at London-based Apax Partners, Apax France, Capio, Stockholm-based Nordic Capital and Rothschild either declined to comment or didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

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