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AstraZeneca divests Crestor to Grünenthal in Europe

Ruud Dobber

AstraZeneca has agreed to sell the rights to Crestor (rosuvastatin) and associated medicines in over 30 countries in Europe, except the UK and Spain, to Grünenthal.

Crestor is a statin approved for the treatment of dyslipidaemia and hypercholesterolaemia.

“This agreement supports the management of our mature medicines to enable reinvestment into the pipeline and bringing new, innovative treatments to patients. Grünenthal previously acquired the rights to several established AstraZeneca medicines and is well placed to ensure continued access to Crestor for patients across Europe,” says Ruud Dobber, Executive Vice President, BioPharmaceuticals Business Unit, AstraZeneca.

AstraZeneca will continue to manufacture and supply Crestor to Grünenthal during a transition period. AstraZeneca will also continue selling the medicine in other countries, including those in North America, in Japan, China and other emerging markets.

Financial considerations

The divestment is anticipated to close in the first quarter of 2021, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory clearances, upon which Grünenthal will make an upfront, non-contingent payment to AstraZeneca of $320m and may also make future milestone payments of up to $30m. Income arising from the upfront and future payments will be reported in AstraZeneca’s financial statements within Other Operating Income & Expense.

Pursuant to London Stock Exchange listing rule 10.4.1R (notification of class 2 transactions), the gross book value of assets subject to the divestment as of 31 December 2019 was nil. In 2019, Crestor generated Product Sales of $136m and Profit before Tax of $98m in the countries covered by the agreement. The consideration will be paid in cash and the proceeds used for general corporate purposes.

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