Galderma to be the latest healthcare IPO

Swiss-based derma specialist Galderma, which was spun out of Nestlé in 2019, is in talks with international investors, and banks have been appointed for a potential US$22bn initial public offering in H1 2022, reports the UK Financial Times. According to CEO Flemming Ornskov, bumper growth owing in part to the pandemic has led to accelerated strategic planning.

He added: “Digitalisation and social media have underscored something that was always part of this [business] — the emotional part. The skin is the largest organ in the body and we look at it every day. We react to it. We look at people and their skin and we judge whether they are healthy or in a good mood … Many hours spent on screens have reinforced that.”

Nicholas Hall commented: Galderma has been an outstanding success story since the company was sold by Nestlé in 2019 to three private equity companies led by EQT. We can’t rule out Galderma’s being taken over in a very lucrative acquisition, which was the fate of Shire, whose CEO, Flemming Ornskov, is now the CEO of Galderma. More likely there will be an IPO as a stepping-stone to a full listing, which makes perfect sense.

Private equity has been a significant player in the CHC market in the past ten years, but the question is always, “What next?” In some instances, private equity has sold on to a strategic buyer, as happened recently when HRA was acquired by Perrigo and The Bountiful Company was sold to Nestlé. Often private equity sells to another financial institution when it closes its fund after 5-7 years, but sometimes the asset is too big to sell on, and that is when an IPO is contemplated. Galderma is a case in point, and I’m sure the PE owners of Stada will be looking at this option very carefully.

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