Afinum acquires a majority stake in evitria
Abolon was mandated by Afinum, the DACH-based private equity firm, on its acquisition of a majority stake in Swiss biotech company evitria, which provides custom antibodies for research purposes.
evitria has been conducting more than 30,000 transfections and has been producing more than 5,000 different antibodies to date. The company’s success is based on a unique, highly standardized and automatized production process that minimizes throughput times and guarantees high concentrations and quality levels, thereby perfectly addressing its customers’ need for specific, tailor-made antibodies. Its business model has allowed evitria to build a reputation of a superior biotech specialist and trustworthy outsourcing partner.
The transaction has been closed today. The enterprise value was not made publicly available.
Abolon was exclusively mandated by Afinum.
Trimb Healthcare acquires BioClin
Abolon was mandated by Trimb Healthcare, the rapidly-growing OTC and consumer healthcare company with products sold in over 60 countries, on its recent acquisition of Bioclin, a leading intimate healthcare company based in the Netherlands. Trimb has announced the transaction.
The transaction value was not disclosed.
The BioClin portfolio includes several well-known, all-natural brands that are rapidly growing and today are sold in pharmacies and drugstores in over 60 countries worldwide.
Kontivia invests in Brütsch
Kontivia has acquired a majority participation in Brütsch Elektronik, a Switzerland-based development and production (CDMO) service provider to medical device OEM customers (www.kontivia.com/images/uploads/webseite/Medienmitteilung_neue_Partnerschaft_Bruetsch_Elektronik_und_Kontivia.pdf)
Brütsch's core competences are the company's high innovativeness, integrated project expertise across electronics, mechatronics and software solutions as well as its strong regulatory knowhow in launching products and maintaining product registrations. The transaction value was not disclosed.
Abolon was exclusively mandated by Kontivia.
Ufenau acquires DermaClin
Ufenau acquires DermaClinUfenau Capital Partners successfully acquired the DermaClin Holding AG (“DermaClin”). DermaClin represents a highly specialized and renowned clinic for minimal invasive neurosurgery treatments and will serve as platform to execute a systematic Buy-&-Build strategy in the highly attractive and fragmented market of outpatient dermatology and minimal invasive services. The platform was founded in 1991 and treats more than 6’500 patients annually.
RAD-x acquires IRD
In January 2017, RAD-x, a pan-European diagnostic imaging platforms at the forefront of the outpatient radiology market consolidation in France, Germany and Switzerland backed by Gilde Healthcare, acquired Geneva-based IRD SA, a leading diagnostic imaging provider.
The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.
Abolon acted as commercial due diligence advisor to Gilde Healthcare and RAD-x.
Leading German dentistry group Dr. Hansen Zahnärzte closes growth financing
In November 2016, dentistry group Dr. Hansen Zahnärtze, leader in Germany in terms of fully owned practice sites, closed a growth financing round that will allow the group to open 4 new practices in 2017. Dr. Hansen Zahnärzte operates 6 practices in Germany and 1 practice in Mallorca, Spain.
Abolon's Corporate Finance team advised Dr. Hansen Zahnärzte.
IK Investment Partners to acquire ZytoService
In November 2016, IK Investment Partners, a European private equity firm, acquired ZytoService Group, a leading compounder of pharmaceuticals for patient-individualised infusions, from the founders and Capiton. ZytoService is, through the acquisition and greenfield opening of outpatient oncology practices, also the largest focused oncology practice group in the DACH region.
The parties have agreed not to disclose the financial terms of the transaction.
Abolon acted as exclusive commercial due diligence advisor to IK Investment Partners.
SIGVARIS acquires Pani Teresa Medica
In December 2015, SIGVARIS Group, a world-leading manufacturer of medical compression textiles, has acquired Pani Teresa Medica (PTM), the market-leading Polish manufacturer of medical textiles. SIGVARIS subsequently took PTM off the Warsaw Stock Exchange
Abolon acted as the M&A advisor to SIGVARIS Group.
Charterhouse acquires Cooper
In October 2015, Charterhouse Equity Partners, a London-based private equity firm, acquired the leading French over-the-counter (OTC) products company Cooper (Cooperation Pharmaceutique Francaise) from Caravelle.
The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.
Abolon acted as commercial due diligence advisor to Charterhouse Equity Partners.
Antin Infrastructure Partners acquires Amedes Group
In July 2015, Antin Infrastructure Partners, a Paris and London based infrastructure fund, acquired Amedes Group, the second-largest medical laboratory group in Germany, from private equity investor General Atlantic.
The purchase price was not disclosed. The transaction is subject to approval by the competition authorities.
Abolon acted as the exclusive commercial due diligence advisor to Antin
Nordic Capital acquires Sunrise Medical from Equistone
In June 2015, Nordic Capital acquired Sunrise Medical, a world leader in the development, design, manufacturing and distribution of adult manual wheelchairs and seating and positioning products. With the addition of Sunrise Medical, Nordic Capital makes another investment in the high quality mobility products and services sector.
The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. The transaction is subject to approval by the anti-trust authorities.
Abolon acted as commercial due diligence advisor to Nordic Capital.
EQUITA acquires a majority in Windstar Medical
In November 2014, EQUITA Management has, alongside management, acquired a majority stake in Windstar Medical, a developer of non-prescription health products, marketed by Windstar in the mass-market channels (drugstores, supermarkets). The company is active in the DACH region and some other markets. The effective transfer of ownership is expected to occur on December 15, 2014. The existing management team will continue to manage Windstar Medical, with the company's founders retaining a significant stake. Abolon supported EQUITA Management on selected aspects of the commercial due diligence.
Duke Street acquires Homecare business in UK and Ireland
Duke Street, the mid-market private equity group, has acquired Air Products’ Homecare operations in the UK and Ireland. The business delivers oxygen-therapy, sleep apnoea therapy and non-invasive ventilation therapy services to patients in the home across 3 regions in the UK and the whole of Ireland. The consideration has not been disclosed.
Led by CEO Adam Sullivan and the former Air Products Homecare management team, the Crewe, UK headquartered business will be rebranded Baywater Healthcare following completion. Douglas Quinn, the former CEO of Paragon Healthcare (now Voyage and formerly a Duke Street portfolio company), joins the business as Chairman.
Commenting on the transaction, Charlie Troup, a partner at Duke Street, said:
“This transaction represents an exciting opportunity to acquire a high-quality but non-core healthcare business from a global industrial group. We have significant experience of the healthcare services sector, which we see as well suited to the Duke Street approach to company development, and we see exciting opportunities to build on Baywater’s position as a provider of high quality services to patients in their homes. The firm remains keen to back strong management teams in pursuing organic growth and operational improvements, as well as acquisition-led growth.”
DPE has acquired OmniaMed
In July 2013, the Management of OmniaMed Deutschland GmbH and Omnia-Med Ltd., the Germany and UK based companies engaged in providing online medical education, acquired the company in a management buyout transaction, backed by Deutsche Private Equity GmbH (DPE), the Germany-based private equity firm, from MC Holding Corporation, the US based provider of medical education, for an undisclosed consideration.
The management team is led by Martina Schreck and Jonathan Morely. The transaction is in line with DPE's investment strategy to invest in the sector and will also help the future growth and development of OmniaMed Deutschland GmbH and Omnia-Med Ltd.
CBPE Capita has acquired Medica
In May 2013, CBPE Capital LLP, the UK based private equity firm, acquired Medica Reporting, Ltd., the UK based company engaged in providing technology solutions, remote radiology reporting and consulting services, from Nuffield Health, the UK based provider of healthcare services, for an undisclosed consideration.
The transaction is in line with Medica’s strategy to strengthen its radiology options and thereby improve its UK patient base. Previously in January 2008, Nuffield Health acquired Medica.
Ardian has acquired Riemser Arzneimittel
In September 2012, Ardian (previously known as Axa Private Equity) completed the acquisition of Riemser Pharma, the specialty pharma business from the owners and funds managed by TVM and GE Capital. Abolon’s M&A team had been mandated by Ardian alongside Abolon’s commercial DD team on this transaction.
Riemser Arzneimittel generated annual revenues of EUR 100m in 2011 and has 500 employees. With this transaction, Ardian will be supporting Riemser’s strategy of continued specialization and internationalization.
Deggendorf District has sold its specialty clinic
Zeneus GmbH, Germany based healthcare provider group, has acquired Fachklinik für Amputationsmedizin Osterhofen GmbH, the Germany based amputation surgery and rehabilitation specialty clinic, for an undisclosed consideration. Abolon acted as advisor to Zeneus.
As a part of the transaction, 110 employees of the clinic will be transferred, and Zeneus is expected to develop and expand the specialist clinic as well as invest continuously over the next five years.
Roha Arzneimittel has acquired Boerner Arzneimittel
In September 2007, roha arzneimittel GmbH, the Germany based nutritional ingredients company, acquired Boerner Arzneimittel GmbH, the Germany based manufacturer and distributor of pharmaceuticals and cosmetic products, for an undisclosed consideration. Abolon initiated the transaction and acted as advisor to roha arzneimittel.
roha expects a turnover of EUR 40m for the year 2007. The acquisition will strengthen roha’s position as a distributor and manufacturer of health products. Post acquisition, Boerner’s employees will be headed under roha arzneimittel GmbH.
Otto Bock has sold its homecare division to Drive
In January 2007, Drive Medical Design & Manufacturing, the US based company engaged in the manufacture and distribution of durable medical equipments, sold Peter Endres GmbH & Co. KG, the Germany based manufacturer and distributor of bath lifts and patient aids, from Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH, the Germany based supplier of prosthetic and orthotic devices (also engaged in manufacturing mobility and seating devices for disabled adults), for an undisclosed consideration. Abolon acted as advisor to Otto Bock.
WaveLight has sold its laser urology unit
In July 2006, the Management of urology laser division of WaveLight AG, the listed Germany-based company engaged in the development, production, marketing and sales of laser systems, acquired the company in a management buyout transaction, backed by BayBG Bayerische Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH, the Germany based venture capital firm, and S-Partner Kapital AG, the Germany based private equity firm, for an undisclosed consideration. Abolon acted as advisor to WaveLight AG.
The management team was led by Werner Falkenstein, division manager of WaveLight. Post acquisition, urology laser division will be renamed as StarMedTec GmbH and Werner Falkenstein, division manager of WaveLight, will continue as CEO of StarMedTec.
Merz Pharma has acquired Denfleet Pharma
In June 2006, Merz Pharma GmbH & Co. KGaA, the German healthcare company, acquired Denfleet Pharma Ltd, the UK based pharmaceutical company, for an undisclosed consideration. Abolon initiated the transaction and acted as advisor to Merz Pharma
Merz intends to use Denfleet's capability and strong hospital presence, especially in the CNS area, as a platform in the UK. The acquisition is in line with Merz’s strategy to expand its presence in Europe.
How will new landmark legislation affect Germany’s private hospital groups
The new Hospital Structure Act could force small, low quality public sector hospitals to the wall. But it could also cap growth for big private operators. We examine likely scenarios.
Germany’s economy is performing well, with the lowest unemployment rate in the EU (4.3%) and an all-time high in tax revenues. But public healthcare struggles with overcapacity, and hospital funding remains a touchy political issue for the federal government and municipalities.
Germany has one of the highest healthcare expenditures in Europe at 11% of its GDP. Hospital beds and discharges per 1.000 inhabitants were 8.3 and 240, respectively, compared to an average 4.9 and 155 in the OECD. Germany also sits top of the ranking for overtreatment and long stays. It performs 3 knee replacements per 1.000 inhabitants, twice the EU average. The average length of stay for these elective procedures is at 11 days, more than double that in the United Kingdom!
Contrary to most European countries, there’s been traditional barriers for hospitals to provide outpatient treatment outside emergency and inpatient services.
A new measure has been brought to deal with these issues. The Hospital Structure Act is set to transform the framework in hospital financing, promote the shift to outpatient treatment and, potentially, deliver the coup de grâce to loss-making public hospitals.
It also introduces quality measurements and gives more power to hospitals and sickness funds to negotiate volumes on an individual basis. The act came into place on 1 January 2016, but won’t be fully implemented until 2018-2020. Much of the reform is still up in the air now that the federal government has passed the baton to sickness funds to negotiate next year’s price levels in the autumn 2016.
In a nutshell, the reform penalises growth. The discount on additional volumes above allocated budgets will go from 25% to 35-55%. On the upside, DRG rates will be the same for all hospitals, whether they take on additional volumes or not.
Starting in 2018-2020, there will be penalties and rewards based on quality indicators. This could have a substantial impact on earnings. “It is still being negotiated. But considering that the average EBITDA margin across the hospital sector is just 8%, and that many hospitals are making losses, these penalties and rewards can ‘t be more than, let’s say, a 5 percentage points corridor,” said Dr. Markus Hamm, managing director at Schön Klinik. That would still be pretty drastic setting the EBITDA margins in a 5-10% range based on outcomes.
Finally, the reform includes a €660m annual fund to hire new nurses that will be halved after 2018. The federal government will also make available €500m to states to fund the reconversion of smaller hospitals to outpatient clinics, as long as they commit to invest an equal amount. This is also still up in the air, since many states are reluctant to make these capital investments.
So what impact will this have on the sector? Insolvency problems in the public and not-for-profit sectors will persist, and many of these will remain dependent on municipal funds to continue operating. Ultimately, some will be sold off to the private sector, or reconverted to outpatient or palliative care, says Thimo Sommerfeld, partner at consultant Abalon.
More uniform DRG rates and quality-based rewards are good news for the larger private hospitals. They will retain the financial muscle to capture additional volumes, but earnings will suffer initially from the higher discounts, says Boris Augurzky, health economist at the Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut.
The lack of growth opportunities in the private hospital sector remains an issue, however. Helios bought the Velbert municipal hospital earlier this year, so we might see more deals of this kind. But operators have little interest on smaller hospital privatizations – these look more appealing to private investors and private equity houses. So what we might see, instead, is greater consolidation with big deals like Helios and Rhön’s in 2015.
The pressure to expand internationally will increase and, indeed, Helios and Asklepios are already looking at assets abroad. But there’s a lot of scepticism that these conservative groups will make the move any time soon.
Currently, hospitals can negotiate higher volumes at 75% of standard reimbursement rates during the first three years, whilst also accepting a lower DRG rate. The Hospital Structure act removes the DRG rate reduction, but it introduces the “fixed cost digression discount”, which means that reimbursement for additional volumes will fall to 45-65%. The discount will be higher when the volume increase is financially motivated – this could apply to elective surgeries, for example.
“It’s not a draconian cap. The higher discounts will rather work as a more sophisticated macro tool,” said Abolon consultant Sommerfeld. Indeed, it’s unlikely that the reform will prevent further volume increases in the long term. “The demographic bomb is ticking,” he said. Germany has an aging population and chronic patients are adding up, so there are no prospects that demand for healthcare services will fall. It is rather a question of who can afford to take on these higher three-year discounts and, hence, capture additional volumes in the long term.
There’ll be greater flexibility for sickness funds to bundle volumes and realize discounts with the big groups. So, for the moment, private groups are racing to build volumes and gain leverage ahead of the negotiations in autumn – although operators are being secretive about exactly how they’re doing this.
What about quality?
The Hospital Structure Act makes clear the move to pay-per-performance with penalties and rewards based on quality indicators. Germany implemented mandatory quality reports in 2006, but it will take several years to extend the reform to all procedures.
“Only a fifth of the mandatory indicators are measuring risk-adjusted patient outcomes, and those are the ones that matter to patients in the end”, says Joachim Engelhard, knowledge expert at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). “Private operators have invested heavily in measuring and publishing outcomes metrics that go beyond mandatory indicators. However, most public hospitals were forced to focus on cost control instead.” Sickness funds have also been traditionally unconcerned with quality measurements, said Abolon consultant Sommerfeld.
The government is working on a standardized big data system that combines all hospital statistics and fosters transparency. The next step is to agree on the reimbursements, which is no small feat. For instance, most outcomes can only be assessed a few weeks after the patient has left the hospital. If these patients receive outpatient treatment in the meantime, hospitals’ indicators could be affected by a third party’s performance.
The Initiative Qualitätsmedizin (IQM) groups the interests of the big private groups in these negotiations.
Sommerfeld from Abolon says that pay-per-performance could translate into cuts in the more federally dependent states to the North. On the other hand, richer Southern states are well capable of rewarding quality and paying prices above the DRG rate. So it’s important that penalties and rewards remain equal within a single federal state to avoid regional imbalances.
That privatization pipeline…
The privatizations pipeline in Germany has dried up in the last year, said Alexander von Friesen from PwC. Public budgets are relatively good, and municipalities can subsidize their loss-making public hospitals instead of selling them off.
There’s also the upcoming federal election in 2017. Privatizations are immensely unpopular, so some could wait until after the election.
Either way, the Hospital Structure Act certainly doesn’t improve the prospects for Germany’s host of chronically underfunded, small and medium-sized hospitals in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Municipalities hate their huge deficits, but they fear losing votes if they shut them down. It seems clear that insolvent hospitals won’t be able to make the capital investments necessary to implement quality improvements and compete with private groups, so the quality penalties could be the last straw for them.
So what are the opportunities for the private sector? There’s been huge consolidation in recent years in Germany. In 2015, Helios bought 47 hospitals from competitor Rhön. Perhaps due to this saturation many have sought to grow by acquiring public hospitals. Indeed, Helios bought the 500-bed Velbert municipal hospital in March. And Schön has bought three public hospitals in the past five years.
Other like Rhön and Asaklepios have struggled to find the right opportunities, Sommerfeld said. Many of these loss-making hospitals are poorly located, they struggle with occupancy rates and they have less than 200 beds. Some of them, quite simply, are of no interest to operators. Some municipalities are even struggling to find buyers to sell off their hospitals, says Engelhard from BCG, and are pending of state funds to reconvert them to ambulatory services, instead.
On top of that, privatizations aren’t a permanent solution to lack of growth in Germany. There’s the general assumption that the federal government will keep at least a third of provision under public hands. And private groups are increasingly wary of the reputational risk that comes with buying a public hospital.
Since all players, even in the outpatient sector, need a hospital license to operate in Germany, buying these smaller hospitals could serve as a platform to start specialized or outpatient chains, even if there’s no real interest in running the hospital itself. This could also apply to loss-making hospitals with a low EBITDA margin, as long as they can be easily restructured and there’s no capex backlog, von Friesen points out.
Stephan Rau, partner at McDermott Will & Emery law firm, says that private investors and private equity firms have been closing small €2-3m deals for this purpose. They will normally look for operations where the former management team is willing to stay, and they will offer them all hospital profits in return.
Will German hospitals internationalize?
Whilst most operators are optimistic about pay-per-performance and higher DRG rates, the Hospital Structure Act doesn’t seem to solve the private sector’s lack of growth problem. There are two possible scenarios – either private group look outside and internationalize, or there’ll be further consolidation within Germany, with more big deals like Helios and Rhön’s in 2015.
Helios’ sister company Fresenius Medical Care came close to buying Irish outpatient and hospital network Mater Private, but pulled out at the last minute. This would have been the conglomerate’s first hospital operation outside Germany. Schön will open a new orthopaedics clinic in Central London in 2017, and Asklepios has a small operation in Abu Dhabi.
Asklepios has also been quite vocal in recent times about expanding into Poland and it has already taken a look at assets in that country, consultant Sommerfeld said. In fact, many investment analysts see Poland as the natural space for German hospital groups to expand due to cultural affinity, proximity and attractive public-private opportunities. Prospects might have dimmed since the new, more statist-oriented government came into power in Poland. But, on the other hand, there may be good opportunities to partner with local players like Medicover, von Friesen suggested.
It might still take years, however, before we see one of the big four internationalizing if they maintain their conservative stance. Official sources from Asklepios continue to insist that the group aims merely at 2-3% organic growth. Sana, on other hand, is focusing on competing with Helios at several regional locations, and it recently appointed its former CFO Thomas Lemke as its new CEO.
So, could we see instead a new wave of private deals in the German hospital sector? Private equity house Carlyle will seek to exit Ameos in the next few years.
Rumours of Asklepios taking over Rhön are recurring. Many speculate that Asklepios and German medtech group B. Braun will merge, says Dr. Rau from McDermott. Both groups already joined forces in 2015 to buy stakes in Rhön, in an attempt to sabotage the deal with Helios. Both groups combine a 35% stake in Rhön, and a merger could pave the way for an acquisition. At the same time, both groups are family-owned and Asklepios faces a succession problem. The merger could give way to a hospital-medtech giant similar to Fresenius and Helios. On the other hand, Sommerfeld suggests that Asklepios itself could become the target of the next big German deal if it were to list.
Handelsblatt Publishing Group: The Generics Fascination
Handelsblatt Publishing Group
During the last decade, the generics industry has changed at a rate not observed in any other segment of the healthcare sector. R&D pharma (“Big Pharma”) companies have started to diversify during the last three to five years and now complement their innovative pharma operations with their own generic business units, through partnerships and through joint ventures with companies already established in emerging markets. This book was born of a fascination with the pace and dynamics volatility of the generic pharma market: the intellectual challenges facing each participant; the fundamental regulatory shifts; the aggressive competition and the great achievements of the smart and deal-driven individuals who have shaped this young industry over its first five decades until today.
Bayer explores further acquisition opportunities
Marijn Dekkers, chief of Bayer, has the ambition to make Bayer the number one player in prescription-free medicines worldwide. Indeed, Bayer just acquired Merck’s consumer care business for $14.2bn. With the distribution power of Bayer, these Merck medicines will be further strengthened in other countries. „Interesting international markets for OTC-medicines are South America, China, Southeastern Europe, Scandinavia, and Poland“, is Abolon’s opinion as quoted by Wirtschaftswoche.
Handelsblatt: Teva wants to develop more of its own medicines
Teva, the world's largest producer of generics, now wants to strengthen the development of its own medicines. „The border between manufacturers of generics and original medicines weakens more and more“, is Abolon’s opinion as quoted by Handelsblatt.
WirtschaftsWoche: Ranbaxy – How India's largest pharmaceutical producer became the fear of established pharma giants.
„Ranbaxy will take more market share from original drug manufacturers“, is Abolon’s opinion that was quoted by WirtschaftsWoche. The company is a „very strongly growing competitor for the established pharmaceutical companies“.
Handelsblatt: Stada aims to grow in Russia
Stada aims to grow in Eastern Europe, esp. in Russia, in the coming years. Generics have a high level of acceptance in many Eastern European markets. „Companies such as Stada, that have a large business in Eastern Europe, will hold strongly in the generics market in the next decade.“
Financial Times: Watson set to buy Actavis for € 4.5 bn
Deutsche Bank is close to selling Actavis to US generics drugmaker Watson Pharmaceuticals. The deal is expected to value Actavis at about € 4.5 bn.
Thimo Sommerfeld of Abolon says: „The companies’ positioning is highly complementary, offering numerous sales synergies. Watson has branded niche products and many global brands, Actavis has a presence in generics markets where generic product branding is still possible and justifies a price premium.“
Handelsblatt: The pharmaceutical industry set off for copying drugs
Innovative pharmaceutical companies and generics producers are equally interested in the so-called biosimilars. Due to the growth of emerging economies that provide more affordability to healthcare, as well as cost pressures in established markets, generics and biosimilars are expected to play an increasingly important role in the future. Thimo Sommerfeld and Niclas Schiffer from Abolon wrote about this topic in their new book „The Generic Fascination“.
Handelsblatt: The expensive future of generics
The merger of Watson and Actavis at the end of April was a highlight in the generics market that has been consolidating for years, said Abolon’s Thimo Sommerfeld. He expects more mergers and acquisitions in this field in the next few years: „Companies will be increasingly forced to bring their perspectives outside of the classical generics business, since this does not bring enough profit margins anymore.“
Abolon’s Munich office has invited industry participants and financial investors to discuss the future of pharmaceutical generics. The event took place on 10/2/2011 and the discussion was highly rewarding as assessed by participants.
Abolon Autumn Healthcare Reception – Direct Contracting in German Healthcare
Abolon’s Munich office has invited industry participants and financial investors to discuss contracting opportunities in the German healthcare market. The event took place on 1/9/2011 and the discussion was highly rewarding as assessed by participants.
Abolon’s Munich office has invited industry participants and financial investors to discuss the future of pharmaceutical generics. The event took place on 1/7/2011 and the discussion was highly rewarding as assessed by participants.
Pharma Marketing Journal: A moving market: Core competences should be built for the optimization of portfolios
Pharma Marketing Journal
Developing product families such as biosimilars and asthma inhalators requires substantial resources and know-hows but also reduces competition and price decay. These product families bring high value to the society, and therefore facilitate partnerships with payors and physicians.
Capital: Generics producer Ratiopharm is struggling with business losses and brutal price wars
The former gem of the Merckle Empire is losing momentum, as its business model is outdated. „The business model of the so-called branded generics is outdated in the German market“, commented Thimo Sommerfeld from the consulting firm Abolon.
Süddeutsche Zeitung: Tough sell – The timing for selling Ratiopharm's business is unfavourable
„Ratiopharm would be an interesting target for pharmaceutical companies, less so for financial investors“, commented Thimo Sommerfeld from Abolon. Yet, Ratiopharm does not seem to be a good fit to any pharmaceutical bidder. The generics market leader Teva would indeed have liked to have the large sales team of Ratiopharm – but Teva wouldn't need the production facilities.
Süddeutsche Zeitung: A multi-billion-dollar deal in the pharmaceutical industry – Generics company Teva buys Barr
Barr is the second largest US generics manufacturer and one of the largest exporters of US goods. „Barr has always been a significant market player“, said Thimo Sommerfeld from Abolon. Teva paid US$ 8,96 billion for Barr, three and half times Barr's revenues from last year. In 2007, sales of Barr were US$ 2,5 billion. The acquisition of Barr was expensive, in the opinion of generics experts. „The price appear extraordinarily high“, said Sommerfeld. In 2007, Barr only made a profit of US$ 128 million.
Handelsblatt: Daiichi Sankyo took over Ranbaxy
The Japanese pharmaceutical company entered the generics market with a billion-dollar purchase in India. Industry insiders therefore expect another wave of consolidation in the generics sector. „Both strategic investors from the pharmaceutical industry as well as financial investors develop strong interests in the generics sector“, Abolon is quoted.
Financial Times Deutschland: Teva prepares for expansion – The world's largest generics company strives for high growth
Financial Times Deutschland
Organic growth will not be sufficient. „If Teva wants to achieve this goal, it must pursue mergers and acquisitions – selective small acquisitions will not be enough“, said Abolon’s Thimo Sommerfeld.
Financial Times Deutschland: Stada completes further acquisitions in Eastern Europe
Financial Times Deutschland
Poland is a lucrative destination for investors. „Stada positioned itself at the top of western generics companies through extensive acquisitions in Eastern Europe in the past few years and gathered valuable experience“, said Thimo Sommerfeld from the consulting firm Abolon.
Journal of Generic Medicines Generics' appeal to innovative pharma
Journal of Generic Medicines
Innovative pharma companies have difficulties in developing strategies for entering and exploiting selected generic markets. In spite of barriers to entry, their interest in specific generic segments is definitely high.
Handelsblatt: Merck generates turbulences in the generics market
Drugs from original pharmaceutical companies are composed of more and more biological ingredients, which are difficult to copy. „The perspectives for the generics industry are still under control until 2011, afterwards the business plans are rather unpredictable“, said Thimo Sommerfeld from Abolon.
Süddeutsche Zeitung: The rise of the third largest generics company
The US company Barr took over the Croatian company Pliva for US$ 2,5 billion. This transaction is key, as it is the first time a US generics company acquires such a large European company. „This move does not come as a surprise“, says Thimo Sommerfeld.
Handelsblatt: Specialized consulting firms conquer the market
Over the last years, specialized consulting firms have established themselves, such as Stratley in Cologne in the chemical industry and Abolon in Munich in the healthcare sector. The founders are often previous managers from the respective industries. This is how they quickly gain market acceptance: Abolon has already advised on three transactions in its first twelve months. „Six transactions are expected this year and this would be more than any investment bank in the healthcare sector“, one of Abolon’s managing directors is convinced.
Handelsblatt: Generics consolidation enters the next round
„In the coming years, companies will also be expected to expand stronger in Western Europe“, said Thimo Sommerfeld from Abolon.
Handelsblatt: Sanofi-Aventis strengthens through the purchase of the generics firm Zentiva
„The Eastern European pharma market is growing strongly“, said Abolon's Thimo Sommerfeld.
Handelsblatt: Indians enter the German pharmaceutical market
„Indian companies now recognize that the acquisitions do not offer strong bases to further develop the business“, said Thimo Sommerfeld from Abolon.
MedTech Business Review: The power of tactical pricing in medtech
MedTech Business Review
Due to ever-increasing discounts on list prices, a more tactical approach to pricing has evolved that add an integrated perspective on how price levels and profitability develops over time.
Private equity’s growing role in the generics industry
Journal of Generic Medicines
Private equity plays an increasingly important role in a number of industries. In the future, one is likely to see financial investors taking a closer look at the pharmaceutical industry — and at generics opportunities in particular.
December 2015: Etac acquires Convaid
The Deal: In December 2015, Etac, a Sweden-based developer and manufacturer of mobility solutions and rehab products, acquired Convaid Products, a California US-based manufacturer of custom-made, compact-folding, lightweight, adaptive-assisted wheelchairs.
June 2015: Nordic Capital Acquires Sunrise Medical from Equistone
The Deal: In June 2015, Nordic Capital acquired Sunrise Medical, a world leader in the development, design, manufacturing and distribution of adult manual wheelchairs and seating and positioning products. With the investment in Sunrise Medical, Nordic Capital signs another transaction in the mobility market.
May 2015: Ardian-backed Novacap acquires CU Chemie Uetikon
The Deal: In May 2015, Ardian-backed Novacap, a France-based chemicals group, has acquired CU Chemie Uetikon, a Germany-based producer of pharmaceutical ingredients, from Equistone.
January 2015: Drive Medical Acquires Specialised Orthotic Services
The Deal: In January 2015, Drive Medical, a leading manufacturer and distributor of durable homecare products in Europe, acquires Specialised Orthotic Services, an innovative manufacturer and distributor of specialised seating and mobility products. Drive has been an Abolon client on earlier transactions and Abolon had introduced Drive to its very first European acquisition (Peter Endres).
December 2014: SM Europe Joins Riverside’s Orliman Platform
The Deal: In December 2014, Orliman, owned by The Riverside Company, has acquired the French orthopedic soft goods (OSG) company Soft Medical Europe (SM Europe). SM Europe designs and distributes non-invasive braces and supports in France.
November 2014: Siegfried acquires Hameln Pharma
The Deal: In November 2014, Siegfried Group acquires Hameln Pharma in Germany, consisting of Hameln Pharmaceuticals GmbH and Hameln RDS GmbH. Hameln Pharma engages in the development and production of sterile liquid pharmaceutical products for international pharma companies. To date, Hameln Pharma was a part of the privately held Hameln Group.
October 2014: Waterland acquires MEDIAN Kliniken
The Deal: In October 2014, Waterland agreed to buy MEDIAN Kliniken, Germany's largest privately owned chain of rehabilitation clinics, from buyout firm Advent and property investor Marcol.
September 2014: Consort Medical to acquire Aesica
The Deal: In September 2014, Silverfleet Capital agreed to sell Aesica Pharmaceuticals to Consort Medical.
August 2014: Siemens Health Services to be acquired by Cerner
The Deal: In August 2014, Siemens Healthcare divested its hospital information system business (HS) to the US-based company Cerner Corp.
June 2014: Sebia acquired by Montagu and Astorg
The Deal: In June 2014, Astorg and Montagu have jointly acquired the Sebia Group, a global IVD specialty company developing diagnostics solutions for biologists and physicians in the fields of oncology, haemoglobin disorders and metabolic disorders including diabetes.
May 2014: Merck's consumer care business to be acquired by Bayer
The Deal: In May 2014, Bayer has agreed to acquire the consumer care business of Merck U.S. This Acquisition helped Bayer in becoming a global leader in the OTC market. Yet as quoted by Wirtschaftswoche, Abolon’s conclusion is that Bayer can only achieve its ambitious growth targets through further acquisitions – so expect more to come!
April 2014: Orpea announces the acquisition of Silver Care
The Deal: In April 2014, The Orpea Group acquired Silver Care in Germany from private equity firm Chequers Capital.
 Silver Care’s underlying valuation was not disclosed.
March 2014: Montagu has acquired Arkopharma
The Deal: In March 2014, Montagu acquired a majority stake in French pharmaceutical company Arkopharma.
February 2014: Bayer to acquire Algeta
The Deal: In February 2014, Bayer completes its voluntary takeover offer for Norwegian pharmaceutical company Algeta.
January 2014: Ottobock acquires Jos America
The Deal: In January 2014, the two family companies Ottobock (Germany) and Jos America (Netherlands) have merged under the Ottobock umbrella brand. Ottobock has acquired 100 percent of the shares in Jos America.
 Jos America’s underlying valuation was not disclosed.