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Acquisition of a Portfolio of Products in Latin America from Viatris

(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa) (“Aspen Holdings”)
Registration number: 1985/002935/06
Share code: APN
ISIN: ZAE000066692
and its subsidiaries (collectively “Aspen” or “the Group”)


Aspen is pleased to announce that Aspen Global Incorporated (“AGI”), its wholly owned subsidiary
incorporated in Mauritius, has on 31 July 2023 concluded an agreement in terms of which it will acquire from
Viatris Inc. (“Viatris”) the commercialisation rights and related intellectual property for a portfolio of well-
known branded products in Latin America (“the Products”) (“the Transaction”).

The fair value of the Products has been determined by AGI as USD 280 million. AGI will settle the resultant
consideration due by means of a combination of a cash payment of USD 150 million and an extension of
supply terms to Viatris.

Viatris ( is a major global pharmaceutical company, publicly listed on the New York NASDAQ
and with principal offices in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, United States of America.

Transaction details

The assets relating to the Products being acquired comprise:

      -   intellectual property required for their commercialisation, and any related goodwill owned by Viatris
          and its subsidiaries;
      -   product registrations and marketing authorisations; and
      -   the related inventory.

The key products within the portfolio are sold under the brand names, Lipitor, Viagra, Lyrica, Zoloft, Norvasc
and Celebrex.

The Transaction is conditional upon the approvals of the competition authorities in Ecuador and in Colombia.
It is anticipated that the Transaction will complete on or about 1 October 2023.

As part of the Transaction, a number of employees engaged in the commercialisation of the Products will
transfer to the local subsidiaries of Aspen.

AGI and Viatris will also conclude supply agreements whereby AGI will be supplied with the Products for at
least seven years.

Financial information in respect of the Transaction

The Products generated sales of approximately USD 92 million(1) in the year ended 31 December 2022. Due to
the way the Products have been integrated into Viatris’ business, it is not possible to accurately determine
or estimate the profit attributable to the Products within Viatris. It is expected that the gross margin from
the Products should be higher than Aspen’s Commercial Pharmaceutical segment gross profit percentage for
the six months ended 31 December 2022 of 60%.


The Transaction represents an attractive opportunity for Aspen to expand its presence in one of the Group’s
key regions. In doing so, Aspen will acquire a basket of well established, post-patent brands that will
complement its existing portfolio and add to the scale of its business in this region. Furthermore, the
acquisition of a dedicated and experienced sales team will materially enhance Aspen’s commercial
capabilities, further strengthening its foundations for future growth in Latin America.


AGI’s upfront cash consideration will be funded from existing debt facilities.

Categorisation of the Transaction

In terms of the JSE Limited Listings Requirements, the Transaction is categorised as a Category 2 transaction,
and accordingly, no shareholder approval is required.

Any forward-looking statements provided herein have not been reviewed or reported on by Aspen’s external

(1) Per unaudited management information and based on average exchange rates for 2022

01 August 2023

Investec Bank Limited

Date: 01-08-2023 08:00:00

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