Sun Pharmaceutical Industries has received RBI nod for transfer of overseas investments of Ranbaxy to it and issue its shares to the non-resident shareholders of the latter as part of their $4-billion merger deal.
In a filing to the BSE, Ranbaxy Laboratories said Reserve Bank of India gave approval for transfer of overseas investments held by Ranbaxy in its joint venture and wholly owned subsidiaries to Sun Pharma, pursuant to the proposed merger of Ranbaxy with Sun Pharma through a Scheme of Arrangement.
According to a PTI report, the central bank also approved issue of equity shares of Sun Pharma to the non-resident holders of equity shares of Ranbaxy Laboratories, the filing added.
The two firms have received nod from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) for sale of seven brands to Emcure Pharma to comply with the fair trade watchdog’s conditional nod for their merger.
In an order issued recently, CCI approved the deal with Emcure, which would purchase the ‘divestment products’ that were ordered to be sold in an earlier direction issued in December last by the CCI.
These seven brands were at the core of the CCI’s contention that the merger between Sun Pharmaceutical Industries and Ranbaxy Laboratories was ‘prima-facie’ in violation of competition laws and therefore the regulator had ordered divestment of those products under its ‘conditional’ approval to the deal.
Despite sale of these products, the merger would create India’s largest and the world’s fifth largest drugmaker.
In December, CCI had directed Sun Pharma to divest all products containing ‘Tamsulosin + Tolterodine’ which are marketed and supplied under the Tamlet brand name.
Similarly, Ranbaxy was directed to divest all products containing Leuprorelin which are marketed and supplied under the Eligard brand name. It also had to divest products such as Terlibax, Rosuvas EZ, Olanex F, Raciper L and Triolvance.
EP News Bureau – Mumbai