Zydus Cadila acquires South African firm

June 9th, 2008 - 11:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Ahmedabad, June 9 (IANS) Continuing its strategy of global growth through acquisitions, city-based pharma major Zydus Cadila has acquired a 70 percent stake in South African generic drug firm Simayla Pharmaceuticals, the company announced Monday. The acquisition was made through Zydus Healthcare SA Pty Ltd, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Zydus Cadila, the announcement said.

According to the agreement between the two companies, the remaining stake will continue to be held by Simayla promoter Ben Classen. Simayla’s turnover for the current year is expected to touch ZAR (South African Rand) 40.5 million or Rs.220.7 million.

Zydus Cadila chairman and managing director Pankaj Patel described South Africa as a key market. “Simayla’s expertise and promising growth are needed as we look to consolidate and grow our business in this market,” he said.

Zydus estimates that the acquisition would open up several opportunities in a market that is estimated to touch $4.62 billion over the next three years.

With South Africa providing healthcare to up to 80 percent of its population, Zydus sees a huge potential for growth in the generic sector, expected to account for 30 percent of the total drug market by 2011.

The products marketed by Simayla fall in the cardio-vascular, anti-infective, respiratory, gastro-intestinal and women’s healthcare segments, which are also the Zydus group’s focus areas, the company said in a statement.

Over the next three years, Zydus plans to launch 50 products in the market. A strong product pipeline for South Africa is already in place with 49 filings, 21 of which have been approved for marketing.

With Simayla, the number of acquisitions by the Zydus group since 2003 has gone up to five.

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