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Aspen concludes two significant agreements with Sandoz for China and Europe

Durban, South Africa – JSE-listed Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Limited, a global multinational specialty pharmaceutical company, has announced that Aspen Global Incorporated (“AGI”), its wholly owned subsidiary incorporated in Mauritius, has concluded two interdependent agreements with Sandoz AG (“Sandoz”) concerning the acquisition of Sandoz’s Chinese business and the disposal to Sandoz of four anaesthetic products in Europe.

 

The terms of the agreements provide for AGI to:

  • acquire from Sandoz the entire share capital of its subsidiary, Sandoz (China) Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (“Sandoz China” and “the Company”), together with the commercialisation rights and related intellectual property for

    • a portfolio of established products currently commercialised by the Company which includes key brands such as Sandostatin, Aclasta and Voriconazole; and

    • a pipeline of products to be launched by the Company in the short to medium term (“the Pipeline Products”), (“the Acquisition”); and

  • dispose of the commercialisation rights and related intellectual property for four anaesthetic products, namely  Nimbex, Tracrium, Carbocaine and Naropin, currently sold by Aspen in the European Economic Area (“the Anaesthetic Products” and “the Disposal”).

 

Stephen Saad, Aspen Group Chief Executive, said, “The acquisition represents an attractive opportunity for Aspen to take a major step in our stated strategic objective of increasing our presence in China. Sandoz’s product portfolio, pipeline, well-established infrastructure, and experienced team, will expand Aspen’s footprint and capabilities in the world’s second largest pharmaceutical market, and further strengthen our foundation for future growth in China.”

 

The Acquisition provides the opportunity to add approximately ZAR 1.8 billion of annual sales to the Aspen Group, while the sales of the Anaesthetic Products during our financial year ended 30 June 2023 were approximately ZAR 280 million. 

 

As consideration for the Acquisition, AGI is paying up to EUR 92.6 million, with EUR 18.5 million contingent upon the sales performance of the Pipeline Products.  For the Disposal, AGI will receive a consideration of up to EUR 55.5 million, with EUR 9.3 million contingent on the sales performance of the Anaesthetic Products.  AGI will fund the net upfront cash consideration from existing debt facilities.    

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Aspen is in a closed period from 1 January until the publication of our interim results on the JSE SENS platform scheduled to be released on 1 March 2023.

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