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22 Apr 2014

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Ltd India-Novartis deal won't affect business in India


 GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare today said the multi-billion dollar global deal between GlaxoSmithKline Plc and Novartis won't affect its business in India. 

NEW DELHI: GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare today said the multi-billion dollar global deal between parent GlaxoSmithKline Plc and Swiss drug major NovartisBSE 0.76 % won't affect its business in India. The two companies agreed to form a joint venture by combining Novartis' over-the-counter division with GSK's consumer business to create a business with US $ 10 billion in annual sales. GSK will hold a 63.5 per cent stake in the venture.

"This consumer healthcare joint venture will exclude GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Ltd India, where GSK plc will continue to hold directly its interests in the listed entity," GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GSKCH) said in a filing to the BSE.

As part of the three-way transaction announced today, the Swiss firm will buy GSK's cancer drugs portfolio for US $ 16 billion and sell its vaccines business in return for US $ 7.1 billion.

Novartis, based in Basel, will acquire GSK's oncology products for a US $ 14.5 billion payment and up to US $ 1.5 billion contingent on a development milestone. Novartis would have opt-in rights to GSK's current and future oncology R&D pipeline.

Novartis will divest its vaccines business, excluding flu, for US $ 7.1 billion plus royalties. The upfront payment is US $ 5.25 billion and up to US $ 1.8 billion is in milestones.

Earlier this year, GSK increased its stake in the Indian arm, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, to 75 per cent following the completion of a Rs 6,400 crore open offer. GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare shares closed at Rs 4,368 on the BSE, up 0.06 per cent.

Source: Economic Times