|Teva Announces Agreement to Acquire Honeywell Pharmaceutical Fine Chemicals S.r.l in Italy |
|Jerusalem, Israel, May 21, 2002 - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ: TEVA) announced today, that it has reached an agreement with Honeywell International Inc. to acquire Honeywell Pharmaceutical Fine Chemicals S.r.l. (HPFC S.r.l.), one of its Italian subsidiaries. The cash transaction is expected to be completed next month, subject to obtaining the required approvals. |
HPFC S.r.l., a profitable producer of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), had total sales in 2001 of approximately $55 million. Teva has been a customer of HPFC's main product segments including CNS and anti-inflammatory products. The company has two FDA approved manufacturing facilities and a sales office in Northern Italy and employs approximately 200 persons. These facilities will be integrated with Teva's two existing API facilities in the area. Teva currently manufacturers API products in Israel, Italy, Hungary and the U.S.
Israel Makov, Teva's President & CEO, stated: "This transaction will broaden our API product line and demonstrates our continued commitment to better serving our customers worldwide. The acquisition fits very well with our API activity which provides strategic depth to our overall generic business and further enhances Teva's global leadership in generic pharmaceuticals."
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., headquartered in Israel, is among the top 35 pharmaceutical companies and among the largest generic pharmaceutical companies in the world. Over 80% of Teva's sales are in North America and Europe. The Company develops, manufactures and markets generic and innovative human pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients.
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