(Press Release) Pharma Major Lupin Limited announced the acquisition of 100% equity stake in Medquimica Industria Farmaceutica S.A., Brazi subject to certain closing conditions.
The acquisition marks Lupinâ€™s foray into the high growth Brazilian market and would also shore up its position in the Latin American pharmaceuticals market given the Companyâ€™s acquisition of Laboratorios Grin in Mexico last fiscal. Brazil’s pharmaceutical market has nearly doubled in size from 2009-2013, expanding at a CAGR of 17%, driven by growing public health expenditure and increasing household income. In 2013, retail drug sales reached a value of BRL 58bn (USD 25.9bn), making Brazil the sixth largest market in the world, accounting for 3.98% of global sales (based on ex-factory prices, taxes included, no discounts).
Incorporated in 1975, Medquimica is a broad based pharmaceutical company engaged in the development, manufacturing & commercialization of branded generics, pure generics and OTC products. Medquimica is one of the fastest growing companies in the Brazilian branded generics market and a trusted brand with the distribution channel in Brazil. Medquimica recorded net revenues of approximately BRL 94 million (~ US$ 31 million) in calendar year 2014 and has over 550 employees.
Commenting on the acquisition, Ms. Vinita Gupta, Chief Executive Officer, Lupin Limited said, â€œWe are very pleased with our entry into the Brazilian market through Medquimica. There are a lot of synergies to the acquisition and Lupin would not only leverage its research & technology strengths to build a high quality product pipeline but also use Medquimica’s commercial presence to expand business by targeting niche high-growth therapy segments. The acquisition is also a reflection of Lupinâ€™s commitment to expand into the Latin American market and an important part of Lupinâ€™s Emerging Markets play going forward.
Mr. Cristiano Boccia, Managing Director of Graycliff Partners, Brazil (one of the private equity shareholders of Medquimica) commented, â€œI am delighted with Medquimica joining hands with Lupin. We believe that Medquimicaâ€™s future and growth would be better served with the global business management and technology expertise that Lupin brings to table. It offers enhanced capabilities to roll out high quality pharmaceutical products which would benefit customers in the Brazilian market.