UPDATE 1-VPS Healthcare says won't make an offer for Al Noor Hospitals

VPS Healthcare said it did not intend to make an offer for Al Noor Hospitals Group, clearing the way for South Africa's Mediclinic International to buy the UAE-based company.

  
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Nov 30 (Reuters) - VPS Healthcare said on Monday it did not intend to make an offer for Al Noor Hospitals Group , clearing the way for South Africa's Mediclinic International to buy the United Arab Emirates-based company.

Private healthcare firm VPS, which is also based in the UAE, said it believed a deal would not be in its best interest.

VPS had a Dec. 8 deadline to announce a firm intention to make an offer for Al Noor under UK takeover rules.

Al Noor has already accepted a 1.4 billion pound ($2.1 billion) offer from South Africa's Mediclinic but other suitors have expressed interest.

NMC Health Plc dropped out earlier this month after making an initial offer. NMC Health's Chief Executive BR Shetty told Reuters that the company had withdrawn its bid for Al Noor due to valuation concerns.

Shares in Al Noor fell 1.2 percent to 1,141 pence on the London Stock Exchange.



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Keywords: AL NOOR M&A/VPS HEALTHCARE