LONDON, April 1, 2020 /CNW/ - ADVANZ PHARMA Corp. Limited ("ADVANZ PHARMA" or "the Company"), a global pharmaceutical company focused on serving the needs of patients and healthcare providers around the world with enhanced access to high quality, niche-established medicines, today announced it closed its previously announced definitive agreement to acquire from UCB S.A. the rights to a portfolio of alprostadil products in 20 countries around the world, the majority of which are in Western Europe.
The Company today paid the purchase price of $83 million1 (€75 million), and a deposit for inventory of approximately $13 million, from its cash on hand. As of December 31, 2019, ADVANZ PHARMA's cash and cash equivalents balance was $261 million.
The alprostadil product portfolio consists of two established, niche, injectable Prostaglandin E1 formulations for the treatment of erectile disfunction and peripheral arterial occlusive disease.
Alprostadil is marketed under the brand names of Prostavasin®, Viridal®, Vasaprostan® and Edex®.
"These medicines are excellent strategic fits, and their integration into our global commercial infrastructure is proceeding as anticipated", said Graeme Duncan, Chief Executive Officer of ADVANZ PHARMA.
Combined sales of all alprostadil brands generated approximately $33.3 million in revenue in 2019 in the territories where ADVANZ PHARMA will hold the rights.
1Based on a EUR / USD foreign exchange rate of $1.1057 on March 31, 2020.
About ADVANZ PHARMA
ADVANZ PHARMA operates an international specialty pharmaceutical business with a diversified portfolio of more than 200 branded and unbranded products, and sales in more than 90 countries, and going forward, is focused on becoming the leading platform for niche-established medicines, with advanced commercial capabilities throughout Western Europe.
ADVANZ PHARMA's registered office is in Jersey, Channel Islands. The Company operates globally from its headquarters in London, England and through its subsidiaries in Dublin, Ireland; Sydney, Australia; Helsingborg, Sweden; Chicago, United States; and Mumbai, India.
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