Orchid Pharma enters into agreement to transfer its Penicillin & Penem API business & its API facilities in Aurangabad to Hospira for approximately US$ 200 millionDeal to help Orchid de-leverage its debt position and fund new growth plans
| August 29, 2012
Chennai-based global pharma major, Orchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals (Orchid) today announced that it had entered into a Business Transfer Agreement (BTA)
for the sale and transfer
of Orchid’s Penicillin and Penem API business
and the API facility
located in Aurangabad (Maharashtra)
together with an associated Process R&D infrastructure
located in Chennai for a total cash consideration
of approximately US$ 200 million
This business transfer includes the related Penicillin and Penem product portfolio and pipeline. Approximately 830 employees
would be transferred to Hospira, as part of this business transfer.
As some of Orchid’s API requirements for the Non-penicillin, Non-Penem, Non-cephalosporin (NPNC) business were supplied by the Aurangabad facility, Hospira will supply such NPNC API to Orchid through a long-term agreement that both companies have entered into. This agreement builds on the existing product development and commercialization relationship between Hospira and Orchid.
Orchid would continue to supply its Cephalosporin APIs to Hospira in accordance with the long-term supply contract.
This business transfer agreement also demonstrates Orchid’s ability to build value in its chosen product domains and successfully monetize them to create value for the stakeholders.
The proceeds from this business transfer will be utilized for de-leveraging Orchid’s debt position and also pave the entry for the company’s foray into newer product verticals.
From the Chairman & Managing Director
“Orchid’s business model has crossed many milestones over the years. With investments across the pharma value chain ranging from research to API & FDF manufacturing, we have harnessed key product opportunities and built a strong revenue base. Moving on, we would like to replicate this success by creating more niche product and therapeutic verticals which will continue to power our growth. This business transfer agreement with Hospira will help us fast-track our future growth while maintaining a healthy debt profile in our balance sheet. Given the current scenario, it is a prudent decision for Orchid to monetize these verticals and bring in cash to de-leverage its debt position and fund newer growth horizons,” said Mr K Raghavendra Rao, Chairman & Managing Director, Orchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
The transaction has been unanimously approved by Hospira's and Orchid's boards of directors. It is subject to Orchid's shareholders, regulatory and legal approvals, as well as customary closing conditions. Assuming all necessary approvals are secured, the transaction is expected to be completed in the third quarter of Orchid’s 2012-13 fiscal year, corresponding to the fourth quarter of the calendar year 2012.
Latham & Watkins LLP acted as the international legal advisor and Amarchand, Mangaldas & Co. acted as the Indian legal advisor to Orchid.