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The Duisburg-based family enterprise Haniel has reduced its shareholding in pharmaceutical wholesaler Celesio to 50.01%. It generated about EUR 100m from the deal. On Wednesday, Haniel disclosed that the company has sold 7.9m shares at the price of EUR 12.60 each. In addition to the Celesio shares, Haniel would like to sell about 13.7m Metro shares within the next 18 months in order to reduce its debts below EUR 2bn. Thereby, shareholding in Metro would drop to 30.01%.
In 2011 revenues of the international group with its 58,000 employees in more than 30 countries amounted to EUR 27.3 bn.
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