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China’s Gland Pharma launches India’s biggest pharmaceutical IPO

The company and existing holders including Fosun Pharma Industrial Pte. are selling as many as 43.2 million shares for anywhere between Rs 1,490-1,500 each.

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Hong Kong: Gland Pharma Ltd. and its shareholders are looking to raise as much as Rs 64.5 billion ($871 million) in what would be India’s biggest initial public offering by a pharmaceutical firm.

The company and existing holders including Fosun Pharma Industrial Pte. are selling as many as 43.2 million shares in the offering, according to terms of the deal obtained by Bloomberg News. The shares are marketed at Rs 1,490 to Rs 1,500 each.

At $871 million, Gland Pharma’s IPO would be the largest ever by a pharmaceutical firm in India, way above the $260 million share sale by Eris Lifesciences Ltd. in 2017, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. It would also be the country’s second biggest this year after SBI Cards & Payment Services Ltd.’s $1.44 billion offering.

Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical (Group) Co. acquired a 74% stake in Gland Pharma for about $1.1 billion in 2017. Fosun Pharma, backed by Chinese billionaire Guo Guangchang, had originally sought to buy an 86% stake in the closely-held Indian drugmaker from an investor group including KKR & Co. However, a stake of such a size must be signed off by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, which was poised to reject the move, Bloomberg News reported at that time.

Gland Pharma’s IPO consists of up to 34.9 million secondary shares from existing shareholders, according to the terms. Fosun Pharma is planning to divest as many as 19.4 million shares in the IPO, while Gland Celsus Bio Chemicals Pvt., Empower Discretionary Trust and Nilay Discretionary Trust are selling 15.5 million shares in total.

The company plans to take orders from anchor investors on Nov. 6 and to start the public offering Nov. 9, the terms show. It targets to list in Mumbai on Nov. 20.

Citigroup Inc., Haitong Securities Co., Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. and Nomura Holdings Inc. are arranging the deal. – Bloomberg

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