Abbott announced a definitive agreement to acquire Veropharm, a leading Russian pharmaceutical manufacturer. Under the terms of the agreement, Abbott will acquire Limited Liability Company Garden Hills, the holding company that currently owns a controlling interest in Veropharm, for between 13.6 billion rubles and 17 billion rubles (approximately US $395 million to $495 million). Garden Hills currently owns more than 80% of Veropharm but is expected to own more than 95% by the time the transaction closes. Pursuant to the agreement, Abbott will also assume net debt of 4.7 billion rubles (approximately US $136 million).
Abbott has had a presence in Russia for nearly 40 years and, in line with the company's long-term commitment to growing global healthcare markets and capabilities, is committed to providing a reliable supply of its healthcare products to Russian patients.
Through this acquisition, Abbott will obtain a portfolio of medicines that is well aligned with its current pharmaceutical therapeutic areas of focus in women's health, central nervous system, cardiovascular, and gastroenterology, while also adding an offering in the field of oncology.
Upon completion of the transaction, Abbott would also establish a manufacturing presence in Russia through its ownership of Veropharm's existing production facilities as well as a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that is currently under construction by Veropharm. Abbott intends to use its manufacturing expertise to expand Veropharm's capabilities and enhance the existing infrastructure.