May 27, 2018 / 8:35 PM / 5 months ago

Smiths Group, ICU Medical in talks on healthcare merger- source

May 27 (Reuters) - British engineering firm Smiths Group Plc and U.S.-based ICU Medical Inc are in talks about a merger of their medical device businesses, a person familiar with the discussions told Reuters.

The talks are at a very early stage, according to the person.

Sky News and the Financial Times had reported earlier on Sunday that the two companies were in talks. bit.ly/2s88bPN

The FT said Smiths Group had been exploring options for some time for its medical business. on.ft.com/2xir9YN

ICU Medical did not respond to a request for comment outside regular business hours. Smiths Group declined to comment.

Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru and Ben Martin. Editing by Jane Merriman

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