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Agilent Offering $600M in Debt to Pay for Acquisitions, Other Needs

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Agilent Technologies said today it is offering $600 million in senior notes and plans to use the net proceeds for general corporate purposes, including repurchases of outstanding shares of common stock, acquisitions, working capital, and capital expenditures.
 
The offering, expected to close Oct. 29, will be handled through book-runners Citi Markets & Banking and J.P. Morgan Securities.
 
Agilent said the notes will mature in November 2017 and will bear interest at 6.5 percent per year.

The Scan

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