Fosun buys KKR-backed Gland Pharma for $1.4 bn: Report

Fosun buys KKR-backed Gland Pharma for $1.4 bn: Report
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Story Dated : July 28, 2016

Hong Kong: To mark India’s largest inbound acquisition this year, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said, Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group Co Ltd has agreed to buy Gland Pharma – backed by KKR & Co LP – for about $1.4 billion.

The deal would be the first major move by the Fosun group since Guo Guangchang, founder of flagship holding firm Fosun International Ltd and one of China’s best-known entrepreneurs, briefly went missing late last year.

The acquisition would also underscore the positive outlook for drug makers in India, which is a major global supplier and counts the United States as its largest export market helped by lower manufacturing and labor costs.

Gland Pharma’s founders and US private equity firm KKR, who jointly hold roughly 96 percent of the Indian drug maker, will sell almost all of their stake to Fosun, said the person, who was not authorized to speak on the matter ahead of a formal announcement and so declined to be identified.

The deal is likely to be announced as soon as Thursday, the person said.

Trading in shares of conglomerate Fosun International Ltd and its Shanghai Fosun subsidiary was suspended in Hong Kong on Thursday pending a statement regarding a “notifiable transaction”.

Gland Pharma, based in the southern India city of Hyderabad, makes injectables – widely used medicines administered through vials, syringes, bags and pumps, which are harder to manufacture than regular medicines.