US News pharmaceutical company: Merck uses 2023 larger acquisitions

16:30  06 october  2022
16:30  06 october  2022 Source:   handelsblatt.com

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Bis 2025 will Merck den Erlös auf 25 Milliarden Euro steigern. Foto: dpahttp://img-s-msn-com.akamaized.net/tenant/amp/entityid/AA12EFhD.img?h=152&w=270&m=6&q=60&o=f&l=f © provided by Handelsblatt to 2025, Merck wants to increase the proceeds to 25 billion euros. Photo: Dpadata portal copyright =

Despite the difficult economic environment, Merck wants to grow-also through acquisitions. In 2019, the DAX group had recently taken over a billion-dollar takeover.

of the Darmstadt pharmaceutical and technology group Merck sees itself again after years of restraint to manage expensive takeovers. From 2023, "the option is again considering larger acquisitions," said the DAX company at its capital market day on Thursday.

"We have a capacity of 15 to 20 billion euros," said CEO Belén Garijo in an interview with the German Press Agency. However, the money could also flow for several medium -sized takeovers or for the invitation of medication. You are constantly looking around for possibilities on the market.

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In addition, Merck expects a good development of his laboratory business despite the declining tailwind through the Corona pandemic. In its laboratory business around the production of medicines, the group has benefited from the high demand from vaccine researchers and manufacturers worldwide in the past two years. Merck also supplies Biontech with urgently needed lipids for the Mainz Corona vaccin.

This year Merck expects special sales of up to 800 million euros in connection with pandemic, as Garijo said. "Basically, as expected, the covid effects are sewing," said the manager. Merck does not worry: In the future, they want to grow by up to ten percent per year in the laboratory business - "even if the pandeme -related demand is completely eliminated", as it was said.

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The DAX company meanwhile confirmed its medium-term goals despite the weak economy: by 2025, Merck plans to increase sales to 25 billion euros. For comparison: in 2021 the proceeds were 19.7 billion euros.

Merck could reach or surpass his medium term even faster with acquisitions. Since the takeover of the US group Versum Materials for 5.8 billion euros in 2019, with which Merck got into the booming business with semiconductors, the Darmstadt residents had retained with larger takeovers - even so as not to let their debt climb too much that last was a good 10 billion euros.

Merck wants to strengthen its most important growth drivers

instead, Merck had focused on small and medium -sized acquisitions, such as the chemical business of Mecaro, a Korean supplier for the semiconductor industry.

In the search for a possible larger takeover candidate, Merck primarily wants to strengthen his most important growth drivers, as Garijo said. This includes the group of semiconductor business and new medication, in the laboratory shop it is primarily the business around the pharmaceutical development and manufacture as well as the service area such as contract manufacturing or test services.

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