Novartis announces completion of Hexal AG acquisition, integrates
Novartis announced today the completion of its acquisition of the generic pharmaceutical company Hexal AG in Germany on June 6. The acquisition was approved by the European Commission in late May.
Hexal is being integrated into the Sandoz division of Novartis as part of previously announced strategic acquisitions to create the world leader in the generic drug industry.
Following the transactions, which also include the acquisition of Eon Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ:ELABS), Sandoz will have a competitive and broad product portfolio with a strong presence in key markets, offering a portfolio of more than 600 active ingredients in more than 5,000 dosage forms. The combined company will employ more than 20,000 people, and its global headquarters will be located in Holzkirchen, Germany. Novartis is in the process of seeking US regulatory approval to acquire Eon Labs following a request for additional information from the US Federal Trade Commission. The tender process to acquire the publicly held shares of Eon Labs began on May 23. The tender offer, set at USD 31.00 per share, is scheduled to expire on June 20, 2005, and is subject to completion of the regulatory process and the contemporaneous purchase of a 67.7 percent stake in Eon Labs from its control shareholder.
Sandoz, a Novartis company, is a world leader in generic pharmaceuticals and develops, manufactures and markets these medicines as well as pharmaceutical and biotechnological active ingredients. Decades of experience and know-how make Sandoz a renowned partner in pharmaceuticals, biogenerics and industrial products. Sandoz employs approximately 13,000 people in over 110 countries and reported sales of USD 3.0 billion in 2004.
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