Nordic Capital announces closing of the €9.6bn sale of Nycomed

September 30 2011

Nordic Capital Funds V and VI ("Nordic Capital") today announced the completion of the sale of Nycomed A/S ("Nycomed") to the listed Japanese company Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited.

The transaction, valued at €9.6bn, was agreed on 19 May 2011 and excludes the US based dermatology and topical generics unit Fougera, which is being retained by the Nordic Capital-lead owner group.

Interesting aspects of the transaction include:

(i) the largest private equity trade sale in Europe and the third largest ever globally;

(ii) among the largest capital gains on a private equity investment ever, and

(iii) the second largest foreign acquisition undertaken by a Japanese company.

"We are very pleased with the outcome of the Nycomed investment, and the sale represents Nordic Capital's largest transaction and capital gain for its investors ever. We feel privileged to have participated and been able to contribute to the significant strategic transformation and development of Nycomed over the last twelve years", commented Kristoffer Melinder, Managing Partner, NC Advisory AB, advisor to the
Nordic Capital Funds.

Nordic Capital Funds have been the controlling shareholder in Nycomed in ten out of 12 years of private equity ownership. During the years of Nordic Capital's ownership, Nycomed has developed into a world-class pharmaceutical company with a strong market position, product portfolio and R&D pipeline. Nordic Capital Funds first acquired Nycomed in 1999, and remained as an investor until 2002, and during this period Nycomed was repositioned into a specialty pharma company with a strong sales and marketing platform in Europe and Russia/CIS.

In May 2005, Nordic Capital re-entered as a controlling shareholder in Nycomed. Since then, Nycomed has successfully executed on its growth strategy, including the strategically important acquisition of Altana Pharma in December 2006, which has transformed Nycomed into a global company with a broad and strong market presence, including an accelerated position in high-growth emerging markets, such as Russia/CIS, Latin America and Asia.

For more information, please contact:

Mikael Widell, Communications Manager, NC Advisory AB
Tel: +46 703 11 99 60 

About Nycomed

Nycomed is a global pharmaceutical company with a diversified portfolio focused on branded medicines in gastroenterology, respiratory and inflammatory diseases, pain, osteoporosis and tissue management. A range of OTC products completes the portfolio. Its R&D is structured around collaborations. In-licensing and expanding in emerging markets are cornerstones of the company's growth strategy. Nycomed employs 12,500 associates worldwide, and its products are sold in more than 100 countries. It has strong platforms in Europe and in fast-growing markets such as Russia/CIS, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. In the US and Japan its products are available through best in class partners. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, the company generated total sales of €3.2 billion in 2010 and an adjusted EBITDA of €851 million. Additional information about Nycomed is available through its corporate website,

Nordic Capital is a leading private equity investor with a resolute commitment to creating stronger, sustainable businesses through operational improvement and transformative growth. Nordic Capital focuses on selected regions and sectors where it has deep experience and a long history. Core sectors are Healthcare, Technology & Payments, Financial Services and in addition, Industrial & Business Services and Consumer. Key regions are Northern Europe and globally for Healthcare. Since inception in 1989, Nordic Capital has invested more than EUR 14 billion in over 100 investments.  The Nordic Capital vehicles are based in Jersey. They are advised by several advisory entities based in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Germany, the UK and the US, any or all of which are referred to as Nordic Capital Advisors. For further information about Nordic Capital, please visit