17 October 2018 – Montagu Private Equity (“Montagu”) and Astorg (“Astorg”) today announce that Montagu has signed an agreement to sell Nemera (“the company”), a leading global manufacturer of drug administration systems for the pharmaceutical industry, to Astorg.
While committing to acquire the business in full, Astorg has offered Montagu the opportunity to reinvest as a partner in the next phase of Nemera’s growth, alongside its management team. Given the strength and growth potential of the company, Montagu has elected to exercise this option and form an equal partnership with Astorg to support Nemera’s management team in delivering the company’s ambitious development plans. Further terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Headquartered in La Verpillière (France), Nemera designs, develops, and manufactures a full range of drug delivery devices including auto-injectors, inhalers, insulin pens, eye droppers and pumps from four state-of-the-art manufacturing sites in France, Germany and the US. Its products are sold to a variety of blue-chip customers from the pharmaceutical, biotech and generics industries. Nemera employs 1,950 full-time-equivalent employees.
With the support of Montagu, Nemera has grown its sales by 50% and increased by 25% its workforce since its carve out from Rexam PLC in 2014. The company has also further strengthened its world-class innovation centre and developed new services in line with its long-term commitment to improve patients’ lives and remain the partner of choice for its longstanding clients.
Following the transaction, Astorg will jointly control Nemera with Montagu, providing the financial resources and sector expertise required to support management’s ambitious growth plans, both organically and via carefully selected add-on acquisitions.
Marc Haemel, Nemera's CEO, said "We are excited about our new partnership with Astorg and Montagu. We have been very impressed by Astorg’s in-depth understanding of our business, as well as their overall expertise in the healthcare space, which will help us fulfill our growth ambitions. We are also delighted to continue working with Montagu, who has significantly contributed to our success.
This transaction opens a promising new chapter for the company. It will allow us, with the support of Astorg and the continued commitment of Montagu, to build upon the company’s strengths and accelerate the development of our proprietary device portfolio and innovation capabilities, while also exploring additional value-creating opportunities."
Completion of the transaction is subject to satisfactory clearance from relevant anti-trust authorities.
Astorg was advised by Citigroup and Latham & Watkins. Montagu was advised by HSBC, Morgan Stanley and Weil Gotshal.