BRIEF-South Africa's Aspen in $1 bln deal with Merck

JOHANNESBURG, June 27 Thu Jun 27, 2013 6:08am EDT

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JOHANNESBURG, June 27 (Reuters) - Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Ltd : * Signing of an agreement to acquire api manufacturing facilities * Agreement on an option to acquire a portfolio of products from msd * Agreement with Merck for the acquisition of an active pharmaceutical

ingredient ("api") manufacturing business * Transaction is valued at approximately US$ 1 billion (ZAR 10.06 billion at

zar 10.06/us$)