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Pfizer Reviews Animal Health & Nutrition Business

by 5m Editor
8 July 2011, at 3:06pm

US - Pfizer is exploring strategic alternatives for its Animal Health and Nutrition businesses based on its recent business portfolio review to determine the optimal mix of businesses for maximising shareholder value.

The company is considering options that may include, among others, a full or partial separation of each of these businesses from Pfizer through a spin-off, sale or other transaction. Given the separate and distinct nature of Animal Health and Nutrition, the company may pursue a different strategic alternative for each business.

“Both Animal Health and Nutrition are strong businesses with attractive customer bases and solid fundamentals, but distinct enough from our core businesses that their value may be best maximized outside the company,” said Ian Read, president and chief executive officer, Pfizer.

“In exploring these alternatives, we can determine what options will best drive their future growth opportunities and expansion, and enable shareholders to potentially realize higher value for these businesses.”

Pfizer Animal Health is a world leader in the discovery, development, manufacture and commercialization of products, including vaccines, medicines, diagnostics and genetic tests, to prevent and treat disease in livestock and companion animals.

This business has operations in more than 60 countries, an extensive research and development network with major research centers on four continents and strong market positions across several geographic regions, including the United States, Europe, Africa and Middle East, Canada and Latin America, and Asia- Pacific. In 2010, Animal Health achieved revenues of approximately $3.6 billion.

Pfizer Nutrition is a leader in infant and pediatric nutrition, providing quality formulas and nutritional products for infants and children up to seven years old. This business has operations on six continents, products available in more than 60 countries, and a focused presence in key markets throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America, with China, Philippines, United Kingdom, Mexico and Australia being among its top markets. Nutrition generated revenues of approximately $1.9 billion in 2010.

Pfizer will continue to enhance the value of its Established Products business within the company.

The pharmaceutical industry’s fastest-growing markets are in the emerging markets, and within the emerging markets, the fastest-growing segment is off-patent medicines and their generic equivalents.

Given these dynamics and the company’s footprint and asset base, the company believes that the Established Products business is well positioned to capture the opportunities being created by the demographics and rising economic power within these markets.

Also based on this portfolio review, the company believes that it can continue to enhance the value of its Consumer Healthcare business within Pfizer.

Consumer Healthcare has a strong connection to the company’s core biopharmaceutical businesses, including the potential opportunity to extend the value of certain Pfizer legacy biopharmaceutical products, and strong connections with emerging markets and pharmacy customers worldwide.

“The actions we’re announcing today are driven by the potential to create value for shareholders and enable Pfizer to become a more focused organization, better positioned for future success,” said Mr Read.

“Ultimately, our decisions will continue to support our long-term strategy to allocate our resources, investments and people to the areas that best serve our patients and customers, and generate the best value for our shareholders.”

The company will continue to assess its businesses and assets as part of its regular, ongoing portfolio review process and also continue to consider business development activities for its businesses.

Pfizer has engaged J.P. Morgan in connection with the evaluation of strategic alternatives for its Animal Health business and Morgan Stanley and Centerview Partners’ advisory business in connection with the evaluation of strategic alternatives for its Nutrition business.

Although the timeline for each evaluation may differ, Pfizer expects to complete any transactions that may result from these evaluations in 12 to up to 24 months, and does not anticipate making any further announcements regarding strategic alternatives for Animal Health and Nutrition until sometime in 2012.