Osram receives non-binding AMS offer designed to trump rival bid
Osram says AMS could offer 38.50 euros a share
Bain and Carlyle approach backed by Osram last month
Osram says AMS has secured funding for potential bid
FRANKFURT, July 15 (Reuters) - Osram Licht OSRn.DE has been approached by Austria's AMS AMS.VI to discuss a non-binding 38.50 euros ($43.32) per share takeover offer, it said on Monday, sparking a potential bid battle for the German lighting company.
The AMS offer comes after Osram this month backed an approach from private equity firms Bain and Carlyle at 35 euros per share.
Osram shares closed at 33.14 euros in Frankfurt trading on Monday.
Osram, a technology group that builds microchips, digital lighting systems and sensors for the auto industry, has sparked bidding interest because of its potential as a supplier for connected and autonomous cars.
Osram said AMS had indicated that it could fund a bid thanks to a temporary 4.2 billion euro ($4.7 billion) bridging loan facility and plans for a capital increase.
An AMS representative was not immediately available for comment.
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(Reporting by Edward Taylor and Alexander Huebner Additional reporting by Francois Murphy Editing by David Goodman)
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