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KKR to Buy Health Services Provider Envision for $5.57 Billion [Bloomberg]

KKR & Co. will buy Envision Healthcare Corp. for $46 a share after an almost yearlong sale process for the medical company, which staffs hospitals and runs surgery centers in the U.S.

The all-cash deal values Envision at $5.57 billion. Including debt, the acquisition is valued at $9.9 billion, the health-care company said in a statement Monday. Envision said the deal represents a 32 percent premium to its stock price in November, when it announced it was reviewing strategic alternatives.

Investors such as KKR and strategic buyers including health insurers have been snapping up health-care assets in the U.S.

Last year, KKR finished raising money for a $1.45 billion health-care fund dedicated to growth stage companies. Health insurance and services giant UnitedHealth Group Inc. has acquired a string of medical practices, and drugstore chain CVS Health Corp. is buying insurer Aetna Inc., with the goal of making CVS’s retail locations hubs for health services.

Rolls-Royce, preparing to cut thousands of jobs, says engine problem has spread [Reuters]

Britain’s best known engineering company has been hit by a problem with a compressor in the Trent 1000 package C engine that is not lasting as long as expected, grounding planes, forcing inspections and angering airline clients.

The engine powers Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner jet.

On Monday it said it had now found the same issue on a “small number of high life Package B engines”, requiring a one-off inspection of the B fleet and sending its shares down 1 percent.

The news, which will not affect Rolls’ full-year free cash flow target, comes as the group embarks on the latest stage of a major restructuring program under Chief Executive Warren East that is designed to boost profitability.

U.S.-Canada Trade Feud Escalates After Fraught G-7 Summit [WSJ]

U.S. administration officials escalated President Donald Trump’s criticisms of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the global trading system on Sunday, heightening tensions with major allies as Washington enters an important stretch of negotiations on several fronts, from China to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

After the Group of Seven industrialized nations summit ended Saturday in Canada with a joint communiqué stressing the importance of a rules-based international trading system, a spat erupted between Messrs. Trudeau and Trump.

Global Investment in Wind and Solar Energy Is Outshining Fossil Fuels [WSJ]

In 2016, the latest year for which data is available, about $297 billion was spent on renewables—more than twice the $143 billion spent on new nuclear, coal, gas and fuel-oil power plants, according to the IEA. The Paris-based organization projects renewables will make up 56% of net generating capacity added through 2025.

Once supported overwhelmingly by cash-back incentives, tax credits and other government incentives, wind- and solar-generation costs have fallen consistently for a decade, making renewable-power investment more competitive.

Venezuela hopes to tackle the world’s worst inflation by deleting zeros from its currency [Washongton Post]

CARACAS, Venezuela — Economic pledges may be par for the course in election campaigns, but in hyperinflationary Venezuela, the candidates' dueling promises are going further, with the incumbent vowing to lop a few zeros off the currency, while his main challenger calls for the adoption of the U.S. dollar.

President Nicolás Maduro late Thursday briefly outlined his monetary rescue plan. In a country where a dozen eggs can cost 250,000 bolivars ($5) amid worsening inflation, he would chop three zeros off the currency — arguably bringing the price for those eggs down to 250.



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