Controlling the front-end
For first six months Cipla Medpro has reported sales of $122m with Ebit of $25m (Ebit margin of 20%, Ebitda 25%). The company had reported top line growth of 28% for H1CY12. Near-term performance has been hit by dollar strengthening against rand and negligible price increases in generic products. Cipla Medpro has net debt position of $26m as per June 2012 financials.
Following resignation of Cipla Medpro CEO Jerome Smith, Cipla Medpro was a seemingly attractive target for companies like Adcock Ingram, which had expressed its intention to acquire in 2009. We believe Cipla’s offer to acquire controlling share over its marketing partner is in lieu of preserving its supply arrangement and gain control over front-end operations in African market. Africa currently contributes c40% of Cipla’s exports.
Adjusting for cash outflow and minority share, consolidation of Cipla Medpro would be EPS accretive from first year to the tune of R0.2-0.3 per share. We remain Overweigh on Cipla as we remain positive about stable domestic formulation sales and
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