September 17, 2017 / 11:25 AM / 8 days ago

China's Fosun Pharma to buy smaller stake in Indian pharma firm

BEIJING, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group has agreed to cut the size of the stake it will buy in India’s Gland Pharma to 74 percent, the Chinese drugmaker said on Sunday.

It said Gland Pharma’s founding family wanted to retain a higher stake in the Indian firm because of its good performance.

Fosun had previously been targetting an 86 percent stake valued at about $1.26 billion. It said in a statement to the stock exchange that the board had approved the new plan, which would involve investment of no more than $1.09 billion.

The deal had earlier faced some concerns in India, a source has told Reuters.

Under the new terms, Fosun Pharma said it would spend no more than $25 million for the Indian firm’s Enoxaparin prototype sales in the United States, when it gets approval there, cutting the previously proposed amount by half.

The firm has also delayed the closing date for the deal to Oct. 3 from Sept. 26. (Reporting by Dominique Patton; editing by David Clarke)

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