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Strides completes acquisition of Aspen’s generic biz in Australia

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The acquired business will be integrated and consolidated with Strides effective September 1, 2015

Strides Arcolab has completed the Rs 1,910-crore acquisition of Aspen Pharmacare’s generic pharmaceutical business and related assets in Australia.

According to a report in PTI, the transaction has now achieved closure on completion of closing conditions and statutory and regulatory approvals, Strides Arcolab said in a BSE filing.

“The acquired business will be integrated and consolidated with Strides effective September 1, 2015,” it added. In May this year, Strides Arcolab had announced signing of agreements to acquire a generic pharma business in Australia and certain branded pharma assets from Aspen. The deal marks re-entry of Strides in the Australian market.

The acquisition included access to the product pipeline that was under development by Aspen and a number of major product launches slated for the next six months. The portfolio of Aspen’s 130 products in Australia comprises generic pharma business together with certain branded pharma assets. The acquired products had sales of 120 million Australian dollars in the fiscal year ended June 2014.

In 2012, Strides Arcolab had sold its entire stake in Australian subsidiary Ascent Pharmahealth to Watson Pharmaceuticals for 375 million Australian dollars. The business will operate under Arrow Pharmaceutical brand.

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