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Abbott acquires CFR Pharmaceuticals, expanding Latin American presence

Monday, May 19, 2014

Abbott will acquire Latin American pharmaceutical company CFR Pharmaceuticals, more than doubling its Latin American branded generics pharmaceutical presence.

Abbott will acquire the holding company that indirectly owns approximately 73%  of CFR Pharmaceuticals and will conduct a public cash tender offer for all outstanding shares of CFR. Assuming all publicly-held shares are tendered, the total purchase price would be approximately $2.9 billion, plus the assumption of net debt of approximately $430 million.

Miles D. White, chairman and CEO of Abbott, said, “This acquisition will significantly enhance and broaden Abbott’s Latin American footprint, and is well aligned with our long-term strategy and commitment to fast-growing markets.” The acquisition adds approximately 7,000 employees and R&D and manufacturing facilities in Chile, Colombia, Peru and Argentina.

The Latin American pharmaceutical market is expected to reach $73 billion in sales this year, and is expected to reach $124 billion by 2018, with estimated annual growth rates of two to three times that of developed markets over the coming years, according to IMS forecasts.

CFR Pharmaceuticals, headquartered in Santiago, Chile, participates in 15 Latin American markets and has a comprehensive product portfolio that is well aligned with Abbott’s current pharmaceutical therapeutic areas of focus in women’s health, central nervous system, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

Abbott expects the acquisition to add approximately $900 million to its sales in the first full year (2015), with expected double-digit sales growth over the next several years.

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