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Valeant Pharmaceuticals Agrees to Acquire Dermik

Sun, 07/10/2011 - 10:34pm
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MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, July 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX and TSX: VRX) announced today that Valeant and its subsidiary, Valeant International (Barbados) SRL (VIB), have signed an agreement to acquire Dermik, a dermatology unit of Sanofi (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY) in the U.S. and Canada, as well as the worldwide* rights to Sculptra® Aesthetic (injectable poly-L-lactic acid).  Dermik has a significant presence in the medical dermatology market in the United States and Canada with a strong field force and well-known brands. Dermik's portfolio includes leading therapeutic and aesthetic dermatology brands such as Benzaclin® for the treatment of acne, Carac® for the treatment of keratoses and Sculptra®, a facial injectable for the correction of facial wrinkles and folds.

Valeant will pay Sanofi approximately $425 million for all Dermik assets, including available inventories of approximately $18 million, which consist of an aesthetic and therapeutic business in the United States and Canada, as well as a widely dispersed aesthetic business around the world. Also included in the scope is Sanofi's Laval, Canada site, which includes Dermik's manufacturing facility that currently produces approximately 70 formulations and over 200 presentations of tablets, capsules, non-sterile liquids, ointments and creams for both Sanofi products as well as 3rd parties.  Total 2010 revenues including contract manufacturing revenues are approximately $240 million.  The transaction is subject to certain closing adjustments and regulatory approvals, including the termination or expiration of Hart-Scott-Rodino waiting period, and is expected to be accretive in 2011.

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