mergerRecipharm AB has entered into an agreement to acquire Italian CDMO, Mitim Srl, adding scale and capabilities to the group. Mitim is currently owned by a  private Italian family and specializes in the filling of injectable beta lactam products. It is located in Brescia close to Recipharm’s existing operations in Northern Italy.

Highlights

  • Adds an important technology in the filling of injectable beta lactams with sales to the US and European markets
  • The transaction is valued to an Enterprise Value of €68 million (SEK 640m) equivalent to approximately 8 times pro forma 2015 EBITDA
  • Mitim had 2015 pro forma revenues of €42.5 million, which would have represented an increase of almost 12% on Recipharm’s total 2015 revenues
  • The acquisition will be accretive to both EBITDA margin and earnings per share from Q2 2016; transaction costs of approximately SEK 4 million will be charged to Q1 results
  • Certain sellers will subscribe to a new issue of 1,039,724 RECI B shares valued at €14 million and representing approximately 2% of the share capital.

Thomas Eldered, CEO Recipharm AB, commented: “This acquisition is very exciting for Recipharm and represents an important step in our consolidation of the CDMO industry. The transaction also cements our leading position in beta lactam production and provides Recipharm not only with additional scale but also opportunities to realize commercial and operational synergies as we combine it with our existing Italian business.”

Giorgio Bruno, CEO of Recipharm Italia SpA, added: “We very much look forward to welcoming our new colleagues in Mitim to the Recipharm group. I am confident with their help and experience; we will continue to grow the business from our now substantial Italian platform.”

Profile of Mitim Srl: Mitim is a pharmaceutical contract manufacturing company located in Brescia, Northern Italy. The product portfolio includes beta lactams in dry sterile powder for injectable solutions, tablets and oral suspensions. Other products include injectable sterile solutions, oral solids and liquids as well as semi-solids. The manufacturing site has five production lines and the company completed a significant investment in a new state-of-the-art production line for injectable beta lactams in March 2015. Mitim employs approximately 250 people.

Transaction rationale: The acquisition of Mitim consolidates Recipharm’s leading position as a CDMO and adds an important new technology with FDA inspected facilities in the niche area of filling of sterile beta lactams. Sales to the US (the largest markets for these types of products) has significantly increased in recent years through the expansion of partnerships with existing customers who are making new product registrations in the territory. There is limited competition for this technology in Europe.

Mitim is a high quality CDMO, which was acquired by the current owners in 1981 and has successfully grown since then building on a reputation of reliability and strong scientific knowhow. The assets are well invested and since 2012 have had more than €12 million capital expenditure on three new state-of-the-art filling lines.

The transaction also complements Recipharm’s existing Italian operations with a number of commercial and operational synergies expected to be realized through the integration of the operations which are geographically very close. These are still to be quantified. We also expect a number of opportunities to arise from Recipharm’s existing beta lactam business’s located in Sweden and Italy.