Kindred raises bid for Gentiva to $1.7B, plans 9M-share offering

Gentiva Health Services (GTIV) +4.6% AH after Kindred Healthcare (KND) sweetens its offer for the home health and hospice company to $14.50/share, $0.50 more than the $14/share it proposed last month; KND -1.6% AH.

The new bid brings the value of the deal to $573M, although the total package could reach as much as $1.7B if debt is included.

KND says it plans to offer at least 9M common shares to raise funds for the proposed acquisition; if the takeover isn't completed, KND says it would use the funds toward other potential acquisitions or for other purposes including paying down debt.

KND also reaffirms its 2014 guidance, expecting income from continuing operations of $1.05-$1.25 per diluted share vs. analyst consensus $1.16 and consolidated revenues of ~$5.2B vs. $5.14B consensus.

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