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Beckman Coulter Closes $600M Offering of Convertible Notes

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Beckman Coulter said it is closing its offering of $600 million in convertible senior notes that it announced last week.
The company said the closing satisfied one condition of the offer, which allowed for the sale of notes that pay 2.5 percent semiannually and occasionally at the beginning of a six-month period December 2012, and are due in 2036.
Beckman offered an initial $525 million and investors took a $75 million option, the company said.
The tender offering closes Tuesday, December 19 at 5:00 EST, unless the company announces otherwise.
Beckman said it will use the part of the cash to resolve outstanding debts and fund R&D efforts, including a molecular diagnostics project.  
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