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Teva To Buy Out Kowa's Interest In Japanese Joint Venture For $150 Mln

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.(TEVA) an Israel-based pharma company, Monday announced that it has planned to buy out its partner, Kowa Company Ltd.'s 50% stake in their Japanese joint venture for $150 million, thus owning the venture completely.

Pursuant to this acquisition, Teva now expects the Japanese venture to do business immediately and become a wholly-owned member of the Teva Group. Teva said it looks to generate more than $800 million in revenues annually, through this buyout, compared to $200 million last year. Additionally it had also acquired Japanese firm, Taiyo Pharmaceutical Industry Co. Ltd. for $934 million in July.

Shlomo Yanai, President and CEO of Teva said that with this stronger platform, Teva would be in a better position to further drive penetration of high quality generic pharmaceuticals in Japan.

Friday, Teva closed at $35.26 on the Nasdaq.

by RTT Staff Writer

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