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Sigma-Aldrich to Buy JRH Biosciences for $370M

NEW YORK, Jan. 18 (GenomeWeb News) - Sigma-Aldrich will acquire JRH Biosciences, a division of CSL Limited, for $370 million in cash, the company said today.


JRH, headquartered in Lenexa, Kan., supplies cell culture and sera products to the biopharmaceutical industry. It had approximately $150 million in sales in 2004, and was expecting a 10-percent growth in this figure in 2005, Sigma said.


JRH also has manufacturing facilities in the US, Europe, and Australia; and serum collection and processing centers in the US and Australia. It has approximately 400 employees worldwide.


Sigma said that it expects to fund the acquisition with a combination of existing cash, short-term debt, and three-year term debt.


Goldman Sachs acted as financial advisor on the transaction.

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