Transaction Strengthens Simcere's Leading Position in China's Stroke
NANJING, China, Sept. 28 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Simcere Pharmaceutical Group (NYSE: SCR; "Simcere"), the manufacturer of the innovative anti-cancer medication Endu and a leading manufacturer and supplier of branded generic pharmaceuticals in China, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a 51% stake in Boda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd ("Boda") for a total of RMB111 million (US$14.80 million) in cash.
Simcere introduced a neuroprotective stroke management medication, an injectable edaravone, to China in 2004 under the brand name Bicun. As one of the only two injectable edaravone products in China, Bicun has taken the first-to-market advantage and has commanded a leading market share and a strong growth rate. After three years of academic promotion and clinical treatment, Bicun has been broadly accepted by Chinese doctors. It is the leading stroke management medication in the market. From 2004 to 2006, sales of Bicun enjoyed a CAGR of 209.5%. Its sales of RMB110 million in the second quarter of 2007 was a record quarterly sales figure for a single product in Simcere and was an increase of 134% from the corresponding period in 2006.
Boda is a fast-growing manufacturer of injectable stroke management medication. Yidashen, the other injectable edaravone product in the market, is a leading drug of the company. Through this acquisition, Simcere, together with Boda, will own the entire injectable edaravone market in China. Simcere and Boda will work together to further raise the awareness and recognition of injectable edaravone for stroke treatment via academic cooperation and marketing programs. In addition, complementary distribution networks and stronger marketing resources will enhance the penetration of injectable edaravone in more hospitals nationwide and will continue to increase its market share of stroke management medication.
The acquisition of Boda is Simcere's first acquisition since its IPO in April 2007 and demonstrates once again its capability to consolidate the market and lead its growth through acquisitions. The successful acquisition in 2006 of Endu, an innovative anti-cancer drug with its own intellectual property, has established Simcere as one of the fastest-growing pharmaceutical companies in China and a leader in industry consolidation with a product- focused strategy.
Simcere intends to continue to strategically pursue acquisitions that will expand its first-to-market pipeline and its innovative new drug business and will enhance its generic business, distribution and marketing channels, while solidifying its leadership position across its chosen therapeutic areas.
Mr. Jinsheng Ren, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Simcere, said: "We are pleased to enter into an agreement with Boda and look forward to working together to maximize the potential of edaravone in the fast-growing stroke management market. The complementary nature of the deal strengthens our ability to deliver high quality first-to-market drugs to serve more patients, and maximize returns to shareholders. As a result of the Boda acquisition, Simcere, together with Boda, owns 100% of the market share of injectable edaravone. The transaction has firmly established Simcere's position as China's leading provider of stroke management medication."
Commenting on the acquisition, Mr. Chengjun Duan, Chairman and President of Boda said: "We are delighted to join hands with Simcere, a leading player in China's pharmaceutical industry. We will benefit from Simcere's brand name, superior marketing expertise and strong R&D support." Mr. Deng will retain his current position at Boda.
About Simcere Pharmaceutical Group
Simcere Pharmaceutical Group is a leading manufacturer and supplier of branded generic pharmaceuticals in the rapidly growing China market. In recent years, Simcere has focused its strategy on the development of first-to-market generic and innovative pharmaceuticals. It has introduced a first-to-market generic stroke management medication under the brand name Bicun and an innovative anti-cancer medication under the brand name Endu. Simcere currently manufactures and sells 35 pharmaceutical products, including antibiotics, anti-cancer medication and stroke management medication and is the exclusive distributor of three additional pharmaceuticals that are marketed under its brand names. Simcere concentrates its research and development efforts on the treatment of diseases with high incidence and/or mortality rates and for which there is a clear demand for more effective pharmacotherapy such as cancer, strokes, osteoporosis and infectious diseases. For more information about Simcere, please visit http://www.simcere.com .
About Boda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
Boda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., formerly Liaodong Pharmaceutical Company Limited, is located in Liaoyuan, Jilin Province. Boda's main product is Yidashen (an edaravone injection product). In addition, it also manufactures other generic drugs in various forms, including tablets, capsules, granules, dispersible tablets, injections, solutions for external application and active pharmaceutical ingredients.
Safe Harbor Statement
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