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Athenex sells Chinese API business for $19 M

12 July 2022 | News

Athenex announces entry into agreement to sell its China API Business to TiHe Capital (Bejing)

Image credit: shutterstock

Image credit: shutterstock

Athenex, Inc., a global biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel therapies for the treatment of cancer and related conditions, has announced that Athenex and certain affiliates have entered into an agreement to sell all of its equity interests in its China subsidiaries, which are primarily engaged in Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) manufacturing operations, to TiHe Capital (Beijing) for RMB 124.4 million, or approximately $19 million.

Athenex will receive at least 70% of the proceeds at Closing, followed by 20% within three months after the Closing Date, and the remaining balance within six months after the Closing Date. Proceeds from the transaction will be used in part toward repaying existing debt and operating the business. The deal is subject to customary closing conditions, including obtaining certain regulatory approvals in China. Athenex and TiHe also plan to enter into a long-term supply agreement for the manufacture and supply of certain API products.

“Following the sale of our Dunkirk facility, as well as the sale of our U.S. and European tirbanibulin royalty and milestone interests, the Athenex team continues to execute on our strategy to monetize our non-core assets, bolster our balance sheet, extend our cash runway, and focus on our potential best-in-class NKT cell therapy programme,” said Dr Johnson Lau, Chief Executive Officer of Athenex. “We continue to look to identify additional opportunities to deliver on those plans.”

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