PE-Backed Patheon Closes Buy of Banner Pharmacaps

Mississauga, Ontario-based Patheon Inc., a provider of pharmaceuticals development and manufacturing services, closed its buy of Banner Pharmacaps Inc. for US$255 million.  The High Point, North Carolina-based Banner Pharmacaps focuses on research, development and manufacturing of unique gelatin-based dosage forms.  Patheon has since 2007 been a portfolio company of New York private equity firm JLL Partners


Patheon Completes Acquisition of Banner Pharmacaps

TORONTO, Dec. 14, 2012 /CNW/ – Patheon Inc. (TSX: PTI), a leading provider of contract development and manufacturing services to the global pharmaceutical industry, today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Banner Pharmacaps (“Banner”), a specialty pharmaceutical business dedicated to the research, development and manufacturing of unique gelatin-based dosage forms.

Banner is the world’s second largest pharmaceutical business focused on delivering proprietary softgel formulations.  The company has four manufacturing facilities, significant proprietary technologies and products, and leading positions in some of the industry’s fastest-growing product categories.  Banner is headquartered in High Point, N.C., with additional research labs and manufacturing facilities in the Netherlands, Canada and Mexico.

The acquisition was structured as a purchase of all of the shares of the entities through which Banner conducts its operations for a purchase price of approximately U.S. $255 million, subject to adjustment for working capital and pay-off amounts for existing debt and transaction expenses.  In connection with the closing of the acquisition, Patheon completed its previously announced refinancing, pursuant to which it entered into U.S. $660 million senior secured facilities, comprised of a U.S. $575 million term loan facility and a U.S. $85 million revolving facility.  Patheon has used or expects to use the new facilities to finance the purchase of Banner, repurchase its existing senior secured notes, repay any borrowings outstanding under its existing revolving credit facility, pay fees and expenses associated with the transactions and for general corporate purposes.

About Patheon Inc.
Patheon Inc. (TSX: PTI) is a leading global provider of contract development and manufacturing services to the global pharmaceutical industry.  The company provides the highest quality products and services to approximately 300 of the world’s leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.  Patheon’s services range from preclinical development through commercial manufacturing of a full array of solid and sterile dosage forms.

The company’s comprehensive range of fully integrated Pharmaceutical Development Services includes pre-formulation, formulation, analytical development, clinical manufacturing, scale-up and commercialization.  The company’s integrated development and manufacturing network of nine manufacturing facilities and nine development centers across North America and Europe, enables customer products to be launched with confidence anywhere in the world.  For more information visit

About Banner Pharmacaps

Banner Pharmacaps is a specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to the research, development, manufacturing and commercialization of unique gelatin-based dosage forms.  Banner has developed several patent-pending drug delivery platforms, including those that enhance and control the absorption of poorly soluble active pharmaceutical ingredients.   Banner focuses on improving the formulation of existing therapeutic compounds to provide increased efficacy and improved patient compliance and safety through innovative gelatin and polymer-based technologies.  With approximately 1,200 employees, Banner is headquartered in High Point, North Carolina, with additional research labs and manufacturing facilities in the Netherlands, Canada and Mexico.  For more information, please visit the company’s website at:

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SOURCE: Patheon Inc.

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