China Aoxing Pharmaceutical Company Signed Definitive Acquisition Agreement to Acquire Shijiazhuang Lerentang Pharmaceutical Company, Ltd.Â Â
NEW YORK, March 12 -- China Aoxing Pharmaceutical Company, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: CAXG) , which has the largest manufacturing facility and product pipeline for highly regulated narcotic medicines and pain medication in China, today announced that Hebei Aoxing Pharmaceutical Group Company, the subsidiary of China Aoxing Pharmaceutical Company, signed a definitive acquisition agreement to acquire Shijiazhuang Lerentang Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. ("LRT"). LRT is a pharmaceutical company organized under the laws of China specializing in the manufacturing and distribution of modernized Chinese traditional medicines, with a strong portfolio of pain management products. The definitive acquisition agreement contemplates that CAXG will acquire 100% ownership of LRT. The purchase price will be paid 80 million RMB (approximately $10.8 million) in cash and 8 million shares of the Company's common stock. Completion of the transaction is expected to occur within the next 70 days. Completion, however, is subject to a number of conditions, including the receipt of approval from the Chinese government.
LRT, based in Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province, China, was founded in 1935. It is a profitable company with the total product sales of approximately $9 million for the year ended December, 2007. LRT currently has 127 SFDA-approved products in its portfolio and has developed a rich line of pain management drugs in pills, tablets, capsules, oral solutions and other formulations. LRT's best selling product is the Zhong Tong An Capsules, an effective pain medicine developed solely by LRT to relieve dental pain, sore throats and oral ulcers. Zhong Tong An Capsules accounted for approximately 50% of LRT's total revenue in 2007. LRT currently has 52 products listed in the first and second classes of the National Medical Insurance Program, and 101 products entered in the national OTC medicine book. In 2004, LRT passed GMP production certificates for all of its production lines.
"We are excited to gain significant progress in the LRT transaction and believe this acquisition will further support our position as a leading, diversified pain management products company," commented Zhenjiang Yue, Chairman and CEO of China Aoxing. "With LRT's integration, we will execute a key part of our business strategy by acquiring an established brand, profitable business, and synergistic product portfolio with significant commercialization value. LRT has a number of high value pain management products, including its flagship product, Zhong Tong An Capsules, that have not reached their full market potential."
Mr. Yue continued, "We will move quickly to the integration phase of this transaction, ramp up and optimize production of LRT's most promising products as well as rejuvenate its existing sales and marketing organization. We believe this acquisition will be synergistic, as it will allow China Aoxing to leverage its existing marketing power and operating resources for new product launches expected out of our pipeline over the next 12 to 18 months. We look forward to the many benefits associated with this acquisition and believe it will provide us with a strong platform for sales and profitability growth in the future."
About China Aoxing Pharmaceutical Company, Inc.
China Aoxing Pharmaceutical Company, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: CAXG) is a pharmaceutical company in China specializing in research, development, manufacturing and distribution of a variety of narcotics and pain management products. Headquartered in Shijiazhuang City, the pharmaceutical capital of China, outside of Beijing, the Company has the largest product pipeline and largest manufacturing facility (1.2 million sq. ft.) for highly regulated narcotic medicines, addressing a very under-served and fast-growing market in China. Its facility is one of the few GMP facilities licensed for narcotics medicines. The Company has two drugs on the market and has received China SFDA licenses for research and clinical development of seven more medications such as Oxycodone, Tilidine and Pholcodine. The Company is working closely with the Chinese government and SFDA to assure the strictly regulated availability to medical professionals of its narcotic drugs and pain medicines throughout China.
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