Cipla continues its overseas expansion, inks pact to acquire 51% stake in Yemeni firm

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Jun 30 2014, 20:48pm hrs
CiplaAs part of its global expansion, Cipla had completed the buyout of South African pharma firm Cipla Medpro for Rs 2,707 crore last year.
Continuing its overseas acquisitions, pharma major Cipla has inked a pact with a Yemeni firm to acquire its majority stake for USD 21 million (over Rs 125 crore).

The company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a 51 per cent stake in a pharmaceuticals manufacturing and distribution business in Yemen, it added.

"The company will pay USD 21 million for this transaction, with additional considerations to be paid over the next 3 years on achievement of agreed milestones," Cipla said.

Given the recent preference to local manufacturing, this secures the company's presence in a fast-growing market. Cipla already has a leading position in Yemen with over 200 products, it added.

As part of its global expansion, Cipla had completed the buyout of South African pharma firm Cipla Medpro for Rs 2,707 crore last year.

It had also acquired Croatia-based firm Celeris, distributor of its products in that country last December.

Shares of Cipla were today trading at Rs 441 per scrip in the afternoon trade on the BSE, up 0.85 per cent from its last close.