Siemens CEO says has no plans to sell down Healthineers stake

FRANKFURT, March 29 (Reuters) - ** Siemens has no plans

to gradually to sell down its stake in healthcare unit

Healthineers after an IPO or spin-off, its chief executive tells

Swiss newspaper Finanz und Wirtschaft in an interview

** "We will keep the majority. It is one of our most

attractive businesses and will be the third pillar alongside

renewable energy and the industrial Siemens," says Joe Kaeser

** Kaeser says he will have to think twice about whether he

wants to list Healthineers in the United States under President

Donald Trump - Frankfurt and Hong Kong are also options

** He says no further listings of parts of the company are

currently on the agenda

** Kaeser says he uses five criteria to decide whether a

business belongs in the Siemens portfolio: Is it in a growth

field; is it profitable enough; is it doing better than the

competition; are there synergies with other Siemens businesses;

and are big changes in the value chain on the horizon?

** He says he believes global economic growth will be better

this year than currently expected, thanks to Europe and China

** Asked whether he wants to sell Siemens' 17.5 percent

stake in Osram, Kaeser answers: "There is no inherent

reason any more to remain invested. There is also the

possibility to enable a strategic combination that would

strengthen Osram."

** Asked whether he is interested in buying Toshiba's

smart grid and metering business Landis & Gyr, he says:

"We have an adequate offering in smart meters and so we are not

interested in buying Landis & Gyr"

(Reporting by Georgina Prodhan; Editing by Jon Boyle)