South Africa’s Aspen to Sell Infant Formula Unit

Enterprise Television- South Africa’s Aspen to Sell Infant Formula Unit

The African drugmaker, Aspen Pharmacare on Thursday said in a results statement that it is selling its global infant formula business to French dairy group Lactalis for 12.9 billion rand ($864.5 million).

The so-called nutritionals business sells infant milk formula in the Asia-Pacific region, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, and has been building a growing presence in the Middle East and China.

The CEO, Aspen, Stephen Saad said in a statement “The disposal is in line with our strategic intention to focus our attention on our core pharmaceutical business, which includes the anaesthetics, thrombosis and high potency and cytotoxic portfolios.”

“The heightened focus is expected to drive increased business efficiency and performance.”

As part of the transaction, Lactalis will receive any intellectual property and goodwill presently owned by Aspen Holdings and Pharmacare Ltd and Aspen Global Incorporated.

Lactalis is a privately owned global leader in the dairy industry, achieving revenue of 18.4 billion euros ($21.4 billion) from sales in more than 200 countries.

According to Aspen, which is Africa’s biggest generic drugs manufacturer, will also dispose of tangible assets and shares in companies conducting Aspen’s infant formula business across Asia-Pacific, including shares held by joint venture partners in New Zealand and Hong Kong. The deal will be funded with cash.

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