Pharma industry growth slows down

Update: 15:46 | 01/02/2021

The pharmaceutical industry’s revenues rose by just 3 percent in 2020, down from an average of 11.8 percent in the previous five years.

But it was a notable year for mergers and acquisitions. According to analysts at SSI Securities, the total value of M&A was VND1.68 trillion ($73 million) last year and involved a number of foreign investors.

Pharma industry growth, SSI Securities, foreign investors

SSI analysts estimated the pharmaceutical industry to grow by 15 percent in 2021. 

In May, South Korean conglomerate SK Group, which makes anti-cancer and cardiovascular drugs and mental health medications, paid VND920 billion to acquire a 25 percent stake in Imexpharm Pharmaceutical Joint Stock Company.

In August, Japan’s Aska Pharmaceutical acquired a 24.9 percent stake in Ha Tay Pharmaceutical Joint Stock Company (Hataphar).

In December, German generic drugmaker Stada paid VND400 billion to increase its stake in Pymepharco by 6 percent to nearly 76 percent.

SSI analysts estimated the pharmaceutical industry to grow by 15 percent in 2021 mainly due to a rapidly aging population and rising incomes.

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Source: VnExpress

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