MERIDIAN, Idaho, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RxElite, Inc. (OTC
Bulletin Board: RXEI), a developer, manufacturer, and marketer of specialty
generic prescription drug products, announces today its acquisition of the
business and assets of FineTech Laboratories Ltd. (FineTech), located in
Haifa, Israel, for $6.2 million in cash and 18,632,383 shares of RxElite
common stock. Combining the ability to develop and manufacture complex
active pharmaceutical ingredients with RxElite's robust generic
manufacturing and distribution capability is a major step for RxElite.
Jonathan Houssian, CEO and founder of RxElite gave these key points of
-- The acquisition is expected to be accretive to earnings this year.
FineTech achieved revenues of approximately $6 million in and 2007,
with strong profitability,
-- The combination of the two companies will significantly expand the new
product pipeline of RxElite,
-- There are immediate opportunities to grow RxElite and FineTech's
business over the next 12 months by leveraging RxElite's relationships
and FineTech's product development capabilities,
-- RxElite believes that its acquisition of FineTech brings deep
scientific capabilities to develop new complex generic drugs at a
relatively low cost, and
-- By taking this step towards vertical integration in the area of
product development, RxElite can maintain the strong focus of its
sales, marketing and distribution team on successful market
penetration for Sevoflurane, Isoflurane, and the next anesthetic gas
product that it expects to launch in 2009.
"There are tremendous synergies for both companies both short and long
term," continued Mr. Houssian. "The acquisition immediately expands our
domestic and worldwide opportunities to develop and profitably launch
complex generic drugs. A key part of FineTech's business model has been to
develop very difficult Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs), selling
and licensing them to major U.S. generic companies. FineTech's business
model has resulted in several successful generic drug launches and
significant profits for FineTech's partners over the last five years.
RxElite plans to vertically integrate FineTech's business in order to
capitalize on these type of profitable opportunities from FineTech's 5
current products, as well as their 6 complex APIs under development."
RxElite has acquired the physical facilities, the intellectual property
and patents of FineTech and has retained all FineTech employees. FineTech's
team of 29, including 20 Ph.D. level scientists, conducts proprietary
research and development and manufactures complex APIs at its
state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Israel. This facility operates
in compliance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration's current good
manufacturing practices (cGMP) standards. FineTech successfully passed its
first FDA inspection in October 2004.
"My colleagues and I are very excited to join in the vision of RxElite
and look forward to the opportunities and challenges that await us," said
Dr. Arie L. Gutman, President and Founder of FineTech. "We expect that our
demonstrated ability for the synthesis of complex APIs will make us a very
productive and highly valued contributor to RxElite as a newly combined
FineTech will operate as a separate division, through a wholly owned
subsidiary of RxElite, and will provide immediate chemical synthesis, API
development capabilities, and strategic opportunities to RxElite. FineTech
will continue to actively work with current outside customers and to pursue
development of new customer relationships for their services.
RxElite used proceeds from its recent senior convertible debt financing
to complete the acquisition.
FineTech was founded in 1990 by Dr. Arie Gutman. FineTech specializes
in the production of high value, low volume APIs for the pharmaceutical
industry and in collaborative R&D work and process development. The company
possesses proprietary technology and confidential expertise in several
important and unconventional areas of organic synthesis. FineTech operates
in a 35,000 sq. feet, 6 building campus facility, equipped with
state-of-the-art laboratory, production and quality control equipment.
About RxElite, Inc.
RxElite, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets generic prescription
drug products in specialty generic markets. These markets include products
in the areas of anesthesia, sterile liquid dose drugs (including
respiratory inhalation drugs, ophthalmics, and injectable drugs), and
transdermal patch products.
Safe Harbor Statement
Statements in this press release that are not statements of historical
or current fact constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning
of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, involving known
and unknown risks, delays, and uncertainties that may cause RxElite's
actual results or performance to differ materially from those expressed or
implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks, delays, and
uncertainties include, but are not limited to: risks associated with the
uncertainty of future financial results, RxElite's reliance on its sole
supplier, RxElite's ability to successfully integrate the operations of
FineTech, the limited diversification of RxElite's product offerings,
additional financing requirements, development of new products, government
approval processes, the impact of competitive products or pricing and
technological changes Additional risks and uncertainties are set forth from
time to time in RxElite's filings with the United States Securities and
Exchange Commission, including Amendment No. 1 to its Registration
Statement on Form SB-2/A filed December 31, 2007, which are available on
the Commission's website at http://www.sec.gov. All forward-looking
statements included in this release are made as of the date of this press
release, and RxElite assumes no obligation to update any such
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