SHENZHEN, China, Feb. 26 /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 to acquire all of the 68 drugstores (including inventory and store equipment) owned by Ningbo New Century Medical Ltd. ("New Century") for cash consideration of RMB30 million (US$4.1 million). China Nepstar expects to take over the operations of the acquired stores in March 2008, upon completion of the acquisition.
The New Century drugstore chain was established in 2002 and generated revenue of approximately RMB50 million (US$6.8 million) in 2007. It is one of the top three drugstore chains in Ningbo based on the number of outlets. New Century's stores are located mostly in newly developed, satellite districts of Ningbo, including Beilun, Ninghai, and Yinzhou Districts, where China Nepstar does not currently have a strong presence. The growth of these new satellite districts has been driven by local government initiatives to boost local economies and position the districts in key growth industries. For example, Yinzhou, Ninghai and Beilun have become centers for apparel wholesaling, stationary wholesaling and ocean shipping, respectively.
Ningbo is an important business center and a port city located in the affluent Zhejiang Province, with a metropolitan area of 2,462 square kilometers and a population of approximately 6.5 million people, as of the end of 2006. According to the Ningbo Statistics Bureau, Ningbo's GDP per capita reached RMB51,285 in 2006. Ningbo had 1,700 retail drugstores, including 500 chain drugstore outlets and 1,200 independent stores at the end of 2006. The top three drugstore chains in Ningbo at the end of 2006 were China Nepstar (73 outlets), Si Ming Chain Drugstore (73 outlets) and New Century (56 outlets). After acquiring the New Century stores, China Nepstar is expected to have a total of over 160 stores in Ningbo as of March 2008.
Dr. Simin Zhang, Chairman of the board of directors of Nepstar commented, "This acquisition represents our first step towards our goal of consolidating the fragmented Chinese retail drugstore industry. We will continue to execute our strategy of deepening penetration in high growth cities where we already have a presence. The acquisition of New Century's outlets will extend our market leadership and strengthen Nepstar brand in this important region."
"We plan to continue to seek synergistic acquisition opportunities throughout China to complement our robust organic growth. We believe well- identified acquisition opportunities will allow us to rapidly expand our market share, leverage our central procurement platform, and enhance our long- term value," concluded Dr. Zhang.
About China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd.
China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd. (NYSE: NPD) is China's largest retail drugstore chain on the number of directly operated stores. As of December 31, 2007, the Company had 2,002 stores in 62 cities and 11 regional distributional centers in China. It uses directly operated stores, centralized procurement and a network of regional 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 and seasonal and promotional items. China Nepstar's strategy of competitive pricing, customer loyalty programs and private label offerings has enabled it to capitalize on the robust demographic and economic growth trends 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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