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Grifols and PharmaMar Drag Down Listed Companies with a Fall of 11% in the First Half of the Year

Grifols and PharmaMar significantly dropped Spanish pharmaceutical stocks, with declines of 49.1% and 22.5% respectively in the first half of 2024. Although other companies like Rovi and Almirall saw double-digit growth, the sector fell 11.4%. Grifols’ issues stem from allegations and credit downgrades, while Rovi surged due to its Moderna vaccine production and potential business sale.




Grifols and PharmaMar have contributed to sinking the Spanish listed pharmaceutical companies after the first six months of 2024. These two companies recorded falls of almost half and almost a quarter of their value compared to the close of December 2023, 49.1% and 22.5%, respectively . And although the value of the rest grew by double digits in the first half, between 45.4% in the case of Rovi and 11.5% in the case of Almirall, the variation of the indicator has been negative, after recording a decrease of 11.4%.

The variation between May and June, on the other hand, has recorded falls in the value of all listed pharmaceutical companies, without exception, ranging from 15.5% in the case of the Catalan multinational of blood derivatives and 0.3% in the case of Rovi .

Grifols has been suffering falls since on January 9, the bearish fund Gotham City Research denounced the consolidation of results of companies on which the Spanish company supposedly did not have the right to vote.

As the months have passed, some of Gotham’s claims have been denied, such as the anticipation of the failure of the sale of Grifols’ 20% stake in Shanghai Raas to Haier , closed last week, but new allegations have been surfacing . These are accusations related to the granting of non-refundable loans to the Scranton Entreprises family office , owned by the founding family.

Grifols assures that it will allocate the proceeds from the sale of its stake in Shanghai Raas to pay off the debt that expires in 2025 and 2027

The fall between months is explained, in part, by the fact that the blood derivatives company registered falls of more than 12% in the Ibex 35 this Thursday, following the latest updates to Grifols’ rating made by the credit rating agencies Moody’s and Fitch .

On Friday there was a slight comeback, after at the close of the market on Wednesday the company announced that it had already received the 1.6 billion euros obtained from the Shanghai Raas transaction, and that it will allocate it entirely to the payment of the debt that expires in 2025 and 2027 .

At the other extreme is Rovi, the listed pharmaceutical company that experienced greater growth in the value of its shares in the last six months. The Spanish laboratory has taken the Antin, Cinven, CVC, KKR and Permira funds to a second phase to conclude the sale of its manufacturing business to third parties for an amount of around 3.5 billion euros . The aforementioned capital managers presented their respective offers on June 13 and are currently carrying out due diligence on the asset they aspire to buy, according to Expansión sources .

Rovi’s subsidiary was named “Project Pioneer” and its main client is the American biotechnology company Moderna, for which it produces the vaccine against Covid-19 outside the United States. Rovi hired the financial services firm Lazard last summer to review the operations of its different businesses , and it was under that advice that it decided to sell the division.

The agreement between Rovi and Moderna led the Spanish laboratory to go from billing 65.6 million euros in sales to third parties in 2019 to 403.5 million in 2023 , which increased the percentage weight of this division on the company’s total sales from 17.2% to 49.3%.


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