May 7, 2015 / 5:46 AM / in 4 years

Siegfried buys BASF drug ingredient businesses for $306 million

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German chemicals group BASF (BASFn.DE) has agreed to sell parts of its pharmaceutical ingredients business to Swiss drug contract manufacturer Siegfried Holding (SFZN.S) for 270 million euros ($306 million), including assumed debt.

“Siegfried will reach the critical size to play a leading role in the supplier market as a recognized partner for the pharmaceutical industry,” said Siegfried Chief Executive Rudolf Hanko.

Siegfried said financing of the transaction was secured by a syndicate of Swiss banks and there were no plans for a capital increase. It plans to issue a hybrid bond for partial refinancing after completion of the deal.

BASF said on Thursday the move was part of a strategy to focus its pharmaceutical ingredients business on excipients, which are auxiliary pharmaceutical ingredients that help the body to better absorb a drug.

BASF will keep selected active ingredients such as ibuprofen, omega-3 fatty acids and polyethylene glycol (PEG), where the company has a leading market position.

Reporting by Ludwig Burger; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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