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Drugmaker Dermapharm gears up for likely first German IPO of 2018


Drugmaker Dermapharm gears up for likely first German IPO of 2018

FRANKFURT: German drugmaker Dermapharm is preparing for an initial public offering (IPO), probably stealing a march on much larger Siemens’ healthcare unit Healthineers as the first stock market flotation in Germany this year.

Dermapharm, which makes generic drugs, cosmetics, dietary products and medical devices, said on Monday it aimed to raise about 100 million euros ($122 million) in fresh capital to fund growth during an IPO in the first half of 2018.

The family owners will also sell shares, and after the IPO 25 percent of the company will be in the hands of public investors, Dermapharm said.

According to estimates from analysts of the banks organizing the IPO – Berenberg and Oddo – the company could be valued at 1.5 billion to 1.75 billion euros after the deal has been completed.

Privately held Dermapharm is targeting earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization of 139 million euros sales on sales of 562 million euros this year, according to the analysts.

Generic drugmakers such as Stada, Hikma, Richter Gedeon and Almirall trade at 8 to 14 times their expected core earnings.

People familiar with the matter told Reuters last week that Dermapharm was planning to list before the Easter holidays.

That will likely make it Germany’s first stock market listing of 2018, which is expected to become a blockbuster year for IPOs, the people added.

Siemens’s Healthineers unit is expected to float in March, with brake systems maker Knorr-Bremse and Deutsche Bank’s asset management arm DWS following on its heels.

Publisher SpringerNature, home shopping TV network HSE24, as well as residential property developer Instone and caravan maker Knaus Tabbert, may also list on the stock exchange this year.

Dermapharm founder Wilhelm Beier canceled a sale of the company to a private equity group in 2016. At the time, BC Partners and Nordic Capital had vied to take control of the group.

Dermapharm makes treatments against skin diseases, insect bites and hair loss, as well as allergy drugs and Tiroler Nussoel-branded sun tan lotion.

(Reporting by Ludwig Burger and Hans Seidenstücker; Editing by Douglas Busvine, Gareth Jones, and David Evans)



Source: REUTERS
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