- New financing will enhance the company’s capital structure and provide additional flexibility for the implementation of its strategy and in making progress towards its vision of a World Free of Pain
Aachen, Germany, 25 April 2023 – Grünenthal GmbH (the “Company”) today announced that it has successfully placed its €300 million aggregate principal amount of 6.75% senior secured notes due 2030 (the “Notes”).
The issuance of the Notes follows the Company’s issuance of its debut bonds in 2021. The Company will use the proceeds mainly to refinance its €200 million loan facility established in 2022 to partially fund the Nebido™ acquisition and refinance its €75 million promissory notes.
“This transaction is another important step in our strategy and vision of a World Free of Pain,” says Gabriel Baertschi, CEO of Grünenthal. “We have successfully seized growth opportunities through M&A activities in recent years, and, with the additional financial flexibility, we are better positioned to enter the next phase of our growth trajectory.”
The Notes issued were rated ‘BB+’, ‘BB-‘ and ‘B1’ by the three major independent credit rating agencies Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor's and Moody’s Investors Service, respectively. Grünenthal is also rated in the top three percent of its peers in the pharmaceutical subindustry for its Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) risk exposure by a leading independent ESG risk rating company.
“We are thrilled with the positive reception and trust shown in Grünenthal, which we believe reflects the resonance of our strategy and its implementation with our investors,” says Fabian Raschke, CFO of Grünenthal.
Beside the organic growth, Mergers and Acquisitions are crucial drivers of Grünenthal’s growth strategy. Since 2017, Grünenthal has closed successful acquisitions with a total expected deal value of more than €2.0 billion. In November 2022, Grünenthal acquired Nebido™, a leading brand for testosterone replacement therapy, from Bayer for ~€495 million. Another milestone in Grünenthal’s M&A strategy was the announcement to enter into a joint venture agreement with Kyowa Kirin International. The joint venture includes 13 established brands with revenues primarily from pain management products.
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Grünenthal is a global leader in pain management and related diseases. As a science-based, privately-owned pharmaceutical company, we have a long track record of bringing innovative treatments and state-of-the-art technologies to patients worldwide. Our purpose is to change lives for the better, and innovation is our passion. We are focusing all our activities and efforts on working towards our vision of a world free of pain.
Grünenthal is headquartered in Aachen, Germany, and has affiliates in 28 countries across Europe, Latin America, and the U.S. Our products are available in approx. 100 countries. In 2022, Grünenthal employed around 4,400 people and achieved revenues of €1.7 bn.
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