PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Regulatory News:
Ipsen (Euronext: IPN; ADR: IPSEY) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire from Sanofi (Euronext: SAN; NYSE: SNY) five consumer healthcare products in certain European territories.
The most significant product is Prontalgine ®, an analgesic for the treatment of moderate to severe pain, which has grown at double digit rates over the last four years and is available only in France. The portfolio also includes Buscopan ®2, an antispasmodic; Suppositoria Glycerini 3, a laxative; and Mucothiol ® and Mucodyne ®4, expectorants for cough and flu. Combined, these regional brands span a geographic scope of eight European countries. Manufacturing will be provided by third parties.
David Meek, CEO of Ipsen, commented: “This tactical bolt-on transaction resulting from the European Commission’s requirement to divest certain assets from the Sanofi / Boehringer Ingelheim consumer healthcare deal strengthens our consumer healthcare portfolio in France with the addition of Prontalgine ® . The opportunity immediately improves the profitability profile of Ipsen’s Primary Care business. It adds a limited portfolio of well-established and market leading brands in a key market such as France.”
Jean Fabre, Executive Vice President, Primary Care, Ipsen added: “ With these new assets, the Primary Care business expands its OTx portfolio and enhances its value proposition to consumers. The products are fully synergistic with our existing infrastructure, and the key asset Prontalgine ® , a well-established and growing market player for pain management in France with mid-30 percent market share, will help us achieve a critical mass at the pharmacy level, accelerating the development of our consumer healthcare business.”
Under the terms of the agreement, Ipsen will pay €83 million cash upon closing for the products. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, including the European Commission’s approval, is expected to close in the second quarter of 2017. The transaction will be fully financed by Ipsen’s existing cash and lines of credit.
Ipsen is a global specialty-driven pharmaceutical group with total sales exceeding €1.4 billion in 2015. Ipsen sells more than 20 drugs in more than 115 countries, with a direct commercial presence in more than 30 countries. Ipsen’s ambition is to become a leader in specialty healthcare solutions for targeted debilitating diseases. Its fields of expertise cover oncology, neurosciences and endocrinology (adult & pediatric). Ipsen’s commitment to oncology is exemplified through its growing portfolio of key therapies improving the care of patients suffering from neuro-endocrine tumors, prostate cancer, bladder cancer and renal cancer. Ipsen also has a significant presence in primary care. Moreover, the Group has an active policy of partnerships. Ipsen’s R&D is focused on its innovative and differentiated technological platforms, peptides and toxins, located in the heart of the leading biotechnological and life sciences hubs (Les Ulis/Paris-Saclay, France; Slough/Oxford, UK; Cambridge, US). In 2015, R&D expenditures neared €193 million. The Group has more than 4,600 employees worldwide. Ipsen’s shares are traded on segment A of Euronext Paris (stock code: IPN, ISIN code: FR0010259150) and are eligible to the “Service de Règlement Différé” (“SRD”). The Group is part of the SBF 120 index. Ipsen has implemented a Sponsored Level I American Depositary Receipt (ADR) program, which trades on the over-the-counter market in the United States under the symbol IPSEY. For more information on Ipsen, visit www.ipsen.com.
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1 OTx: Combination of prescription and over-the-counter
2 Sold in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Slovakia
3 Sold in the Czech Republic
4 Sold in Greece and the Republic of Ireland, respectively
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