HBM Healthcare Investments AG / Key word(s): Capital Increase
Swixx BioPharma, a privately held company in the portfolio of HBM Healthcare Investments, today announced the signing of an investment agreement with Mérieux Equity Partners and its existing shareholders. Under the terms of the agreement, Mérieux Equity Partners will invest EUR 40 million for a minority stake in Swixx. HBM Healthcare Investments, who is an investor in Swixx since 2017, participates with EUR 5 million in the capital increase. The financing is subject to routine regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the next few months. The new capital will be used to leverage the steady growth that Swixx has enjoyed over the past few years. Mérieux Equity Partners and HBM Healthcare Investments have arrangements in place to further increase their investment in Swixx based upon the realisation of certain milestones.
In accordance with its valuation principles, HBM Healthcare Investments will revalue its investment in Swixx to reflect the equity valuation underlying to this capital increase. As a result, the net asset value per HBM-share increases by approximately 2 per cent.
Founded in Switzerland in 2014 by Petr Němec and Stuart Swanson, Swixx BioPharma is a specialized distributor of rare diseases, Rx and OTC medicinal products in Central & Eastern Europe, and acts as a true commercialization partner for pharma and biotech companies in this area. It aims to fully replace its partners capabilities in countries that multinationals choose not to enter, or to exit. With 550+ employees, Swixx BioPharma is the largest agent for ethical pharmaceuticals serving research-based biopharma in CEE and has experienced exceptional growth over the last few years, from less than EUR 50 million in revenues in 2017 to EUR 230 million in net sales in 2020. Its clients include international pharma and biotech companies such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Amgen, Seattle Genetics, Y-mabs, Alexion, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, UPSA, Vifor Pharma, HRA Pharma and others.
About HBM Healthcare Investments
HBM Healthcare Investments invests in the healthcare sector. The Company holds and manages an international portfolio of promising companies in the human medicine, biotechnology, medical technology and diagnostics sectors and related areas. Many of these companies have their lead products already available on the market or at an advanced stage of development. The portfolio companies are closely tracked and actively guided in their strategic direction. This is what makes HBM Healthcare Investments an interesting alternative to investments in big pharma and biotechnology companies. HBM Healthcare Investments has an international shareholder base and is listed on SIX Swiss Exchange (ticker: HBMN).
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