Thyssenkrupp shares rise on hopes of deal with Finland's Kone


BERLIN, May 16 (Reuters) - Shares in Thyssenkrupp rose as much as 7.2% on Thursday after Reuters reported Finnish company Kone is assessing the viability of a bid for the German conglomerate's 14 billion euro ($15.70 billion) elevators division.

Thyssenkrupp last week dropped plans to spin off its capital goods business after months of shareholder criticism, and opted instead to list elevators, its most profitable division.

Four people familiar with the matter said it was not clear if Kone could fund an all-cash bid and whether or not the deal would face significant anti-trust hurdles similar to Thyssenkrupp's failed steel joint venture with India'sTata Steel .

They said that for Thyssenkrupp an initial public offering of a minority stake in the elevators business probably remained "Plan A" as it would bring in cash more quickly to fund a restructuring of the group, whose products also include steel, bearings and submarines.

Barclays analysts said a deal with Kone would result in 3-4 billion euros of synergies attributable to the German group.

Thyssenkrupp shares have shed 41% in a year while Germany's benchmark DAX index was down 7% over the same period.

On Thursday, Thyssenkrupp shares rose as much as 7.2% to 12.985 euros and were up 2.8% at 0755 GMT.

Shares in Kone were also up 2.8%.

($1 = 0.8917 euros)

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