Strides Shasun says Eris deal to help reprioritize business, lower debt

Pharma major Strides Shasun said it agreed to sell its India branded generics business to Eris LifeSciences Limited for Rs 500 cr in cash.

“This transaction is the outcome of the company’s portfolio reprioritization, to focus more sharply on larger regulated markets,” it said.

The India branded generics business being divested by Strides had sales of Rs 181 Crores in FY 2017.

“This transaction is the outcome of our portfolio reprioritization, to focus more sharply on larger regulated markets,” said Shashank Sinha, Managing Director of Strides.

Net proceeds from this transaction will be used to pay down debt to the tune of INR 400 Crores.

The Company will retain global rights for the products, which have significant sales in Africa. It said it will continue to grow its emerging market business.

The deal is intended to close the transaction by November 30, 2017.

Strides India branded generics business comprise of a portfolio of 130+ brands in the domains of Neurology, Psychiatry, Nutraceuticals, Gastro etc., along with the employees forming part of the business.

In terms of the agreement, Eris will acquire the marketing and distribution rights for the said portfolio of products in India, while Strides will retain the global rights for these products.

With this acquisition, Eris’s fourth-and the largest-in the last 18 months, the Company will be among the top ten companies in the Central Nervous System (CNS) segment.

Eris is already among the top 20 companies in the cardiology segment and ranks among the top ten in the diabetology segment.

“Since inception in 2007, Eris has focused on the chronic segments of cardiology and diabetology. Eris had forayed into the CNS segment only recently. This acquisition cements Eris’s position in the top three chronic segments,” the companies said.

“Post-acquisition Eris will break into the league of top 25 companies having a market share of more than 1% in the Indian Pharmaceutical Market.”

The transaction is a good strategic fit for Eris and will strengthen our position in the key Segments of CNS and Gastro-Intestinal therapies.

“We expect to realize cost and revenue Synergies from this transaction given Eris strong presence in the branded business in India,” said Amit Bakshi, Managing Director Eris Pharmaceuticals Limited.