• Nicox to acquire 100% of French ophthalmic specialist Doliage for €5 million in newly issued Nicox shares 
  • Acquisition adds established, profitable ophthalmic product portfolio and complements Nicox’s existing commercial infrastructure in France with further upside potential in some export markets such as Southern Europe and North Africa
  • Doliage’s 2013 revenues totalled €2.6 million, half-year revenues as of March 31, 2014 reached €1.6 million
 
Sophia Antipolis, France.
 
Nicox S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris: COX), the international ophthalmic company, today announced that it has agreed to acquire 100% of the shares of Doliage, a privately-held French ophthalmic company, for €5 million in newly-issued Nicox shares. The acquisition provides Nicox with an established and profitable ophthalmic business in France, with Doliage’s sales totaling €2.6 million in 2013. The acquisition is part of Nicox’s strategy to develop an ophthalmic commercial infrastructure in the five major European markets and represents a logical next step after the acquisition of the Italian company Eupharmed in December 2013.
 
Philippe Masquida, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of European and International Operations of Nicox Pharma, commented: “We are excited to achieve this second European acquisition in less than a year, in line with our European growth strategy. In addition to a rapidly growing and profitable portfolio of products, Doliage is providing Nicox with an established commercial platform for our own existing and future pipeline, thus enabling our Group to significantly increase its revenues in France, one of the major ophthalmic markets in Europe.” 
 
About Doliage
 
Doliage is a privately-owned, French pharmaceutical company founded in 2003. It operates from the Paris area and drives a specialized and dedicated contract sales team. Doliage commercializes a portfolio of ophthalmic products for such indications as dry eye syndrome, glaucoma and eye infections in France and certain export territories, achieving sales of €2.6 million and an EBITDA of €0.36 million for the fiscal year ending on September 30, 2013. 
 
Doliage markets two prescription pharmaceuticals: Euronac® for corneal healing and Tobrabact® Gé, an ocular antibiotic. It also markets a number of nutraceuticals, including Rétinofta®, Visioprev® and Hydrofta®, and medical devices, including MeiboPatch®, an eye mask which softly warms the eyelids to soothe eye discomfort due to conditions such as dry eye or blepharitis. 
 
Nicox’s European presence
 
The France-based Group has established a direct commercial presence in the five major European markets (France, Italy, United Kingdom, Spain and Germany), through the recruitment of specialized marketing teams in the United Kingdom, Spain and Germany and through the acquisition of Eupharmed in Italy. In France, Nicox’s own commercial organisation will be complemented by Doliage’s existing contract sales team. 
 
Nicox’s European portfolio includes AdenoPlus®, a point-of-care in vitro diagnostic medical device that aids in the differential diagnosis of acute conjunctivitis, as well as the Xailin™ range of tear lubricants (medical devices). Nicox also markets additional products in Italy through its subsidiary Eupharmed.
 
Financial terms of the acquisition 
 
Under the terms of the agreement, Nicox would acquire 100% of the shares of Doliage in exchange for newly-issued Nicox shares for a total value of €5 million. The number of shares to be issued would be based on the volume-weighted average closing price of Nicox shares during a 20 trading day period preceding the execution of the agreement. The acquisition remains subject to French regulatory proceedings and approvals and, if such proceedings and approvals are met, is expected to be completed within the next few weeks.
 
The Nicox shares received by Doliage’s shareholders will be subject to certain lock-up provisions.
 
Michel Dyens acted as exclusive financial advisor to Nicox.