- Continues Consolidation of Competitors in Key Markets -
SHENZHEN, China, March 6 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd. (NYSE: NPD) ("China Nepstar" or the "Company"), the largest drugstore chain in China based on the number of directly operated stores, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with DongGuan Hui Ren Tang Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. ("Dongguan HRT") to acquire all of its 18 directly operated chain drugstores in Dongguan City, Guangdong Province for cash consideration of RMB2.3 million (US$0.3 million). This acquisition will bring the total number of China Nepstar drugstores in Dongguan to over 120 by the end of March.
The 18 drugstores operated by Dongguan HRT generated total revenue of RMB12 million (US$1.65 million) in 2007. These stores are mostly located in the Da Lang, Cha Shan and Da Ling Shan districts in Dongguan. China Nepstar expects to take over the operations of the 18 stores in the first half of March. China Nepstar plans to inventory these stores with its own merchandise and will gradually re-brand the stores.
Situated between Guangzhou and Hong Kong, with a population of approximately 6.4 million at the end of 2007 and an area of 2,465 square kilometers, Dongguan is one of the most important manufacturing centers in the Pearl River Delta Region. According to the Dongguan Census Bureau, the average annual disposable income of Dongguan residents reached RMB27,025 in 2007, representing a 12% increase over 2006. The average resident's annual consumption reached RMB21,545 in 2007, representing 18% growth over 2006. According to the Food and Drug Administration of Dongguan, the total number of drugstores in Dongguan was 4,800 at the end of 2007, approximately half of which were chain outlets.
Mr. Jiannong Qian, Chief Executive Officer of China Nepstar, commented, "The Pearl River Delta Region is one of the key regions that China Nepstar will focus on to improve our market penetration in 2008. Although we already have strong presence in this affluent region in China, we believe there is a significant potential for further development. Our strategy is to continuously expand market share via organic expansion and synergistic acquisitions. We have every confidence that with our diverse and high quality product offerings, including private label products; proven ability to expand rapidly while increasing profitability; and experienced management team with proven track record; we will be able to manage newly opened or newly acquired stores effectively to maximize shareholder value."
About China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd.
China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd. (NYSE: NPD) is China's largest retail drugstore chain based on the number of directly operated stores. As of December 31, 2007, the Company had 2,002 stores across 62 cities, one headquarter distribution center and 11 regional distribution centers in China. China Nepstar uses directly operated stores, centralized procurement and a network of distribution centers to provide customers with high-quality, professional and convenient pharmacy services and a wide variety of other merchandise, including over-the-counter ("OTC") drugs, nutritional supplements, herbal products, personal care products, family care products, and convenience products including consumables. China Nepstar's strategy of competitive pricing, customer loyalty programs and private label offerings has enabled it to capitalize on the robust economic growth in China and to take advantage of the demographic trend in China to achieve a strong brand and leading market position. For further information, please go to http://www.nepstar.cn .
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