Sulzer has signed a binding agreement to acquire Simcro, a global market leader for pharmaceutical delivery devices such as injectors and applicators for livestock and companion animals. The acquisition adds animal health care as an attractive new market segment to Sulzer’s Applicator Systems division. The enterprise value is $132 million (New Zealand).
Simcro, headquartered in Hamilton, New Zealand, generates 30% of its revenues in Europe, the Middle East and Africa; 40% in the Americas, and 30% in Asia Pacific. It employs 230 people.
Simcro operates two manufacturing locations — one in New Zealand and one in Australia — and focuses on business-to-business customers. Its delivery systems inject or orally apply pharmaceuticals to livestock and companion animals. Simcro’s proprietary intellectual property includes enhancing treatment efficacy, user safety, operational convenience and animal welfare.
Simcro will become part of Sulzer’s Applicator Systems division, and its current management team will stay with the company. Following the acquisitions of PC Cox and Geka in 2016, Simcro is Sulzer’s third acquisition to strengthen its Applicator Systems division. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017 subject to foreign investment approval in New Zealand.
Amaury de Menthière, division president of the Applicator Systems division, said, “We are very excited to welcome Simcro’s team of experienced animal health experts to Sulzer and to become a leading supplier of pharmaceutical delivery systems in the global animal health care market with a comprehensive and innovative range of injectors and applicators. We are convinced that our global reach in Applicator Systems can accelerate the development of Simcro.”
Sulzer, headquartered in Winterthur, Switzerland, since 1834, specializes in pumping solutions, services for rotating equipment and separation, mixing and application technology. The company serves customers around the world through a network of more than 180 production and service sites, with a strong footprint in emerging markets.