Nirma to acquire 75% stake in Glenmark for Rs 7,500 crore

Forays into pharmaceutical sector

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Hiren Patel, Managing Director, Nirma Limited

In a successful bid, Nirma Group has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 75% of Glenmark Life Sciences Limited from Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited at an enterprise value of about Rs 7,500 Crore, subject to closing adjustments. Nirma will make a mandatory open offer as per SEBI Regulations. This acquisition is subject to customary regulatory approvals.With this acquisition, the Nirma Group forays into the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) platform and expands its existing presence in the pharmaceuticals portfolio consisting of injectables, parental, and ophthalmic products. This transaction closely follows the Group’s acquisition of Stericon Pharma Private Limited in March 2023.

Glenmark Life Sciences Limited is primarily engaged in the business of the development, manufacture, and marketing of APIs. The company’s product portfolio comprises various therapeutic segments, which include cardiovascular (CVS) disease, central nervous system (CNS) disorders, diabetes, gastrointestinal health, oncology, pain management, and anti-infectives.

The company’s manufacturing facilities are located at Ankleshwar, Dahej, Mohol, and Kurkumbh, and research and development facilities are located at Mahape, Ankleshwar, and Dahej in India. The company is also in the process of setting up an API manufacturing facility at Chincholi, Solapur.

Hiren Patel, managing director, Nirma Limited, said, “Nirma has been actively involved in the pharmaceutical sector since 2006. We are excited about this transaction and firmly believe that it presents an ideal platform to propel our pharmaceutical business into its next phase of growth. Our longstanding mission has always revolved around providing high-quality healthcare products at affordable prices. Our recent investments serve as a testament to our unwavering dedication to the pharmaceutical industry.”

Furthermore, he added, “The acquisition of Glenmark Life Sciences aligns with our company’s strategic goals and positions Nirma as one of the top five independent Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) companies in India. This strategic move also enables us to capitalize on indigenous research and development, making a substantial contribution to the “Make in India” initiative launched by the Government of India.”

The advisory team for Nirma Group comprised of Khaitan & Co, KPMG, BCG, Eaishman and DAM Capital.

Founded by Karsanbhai Patel and headquartered in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, Nirma Limited is one of India’s diversified conglomerates, encompassing a wide spectrum of businesses, from industrial chemicals to detergents, soaps, healthcare products, cement & building materials and real estate development.

The Nirma Group has made a significant mark on India’s industrial landscape. It holds a distinguished position as India’s leading Soda Ash producer and ranks among the world’s largest.

In 2014, the Group diversified into the cement industry and is currently the fifth-largest cement group in India and among the leading cement players in East India with of combined installed capacity of 23.82 MMTPA. As of today, the Nirma Group commands an impressive annual turnover exceeding $2.5 billion.

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