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Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter has welcomed one of the world’s leading investment firms acquiring a majority stake in Plasma Resources UK, which manufactures blood plasma products.

Bain Capital has bought 80 per cent of Plasma Resources UK (PRUK) from the Department of Health. The transaction values PRUK at approximately £230 million.   This includes an upfront cash payment of £90million and a deferred payment expected to be worth £110m in 5 years’ time. They have also committed to invest a further £50 million in the company to create a UK Life Sciences champion.  PRUK’s headquarters will remain in the UK and the Department of Health will continue to own a 20 per cent share in the company.

Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter said:

This deal will ensure that patients will have access to high quality plasma products for years to come and it is  good news that Bain are investing in medicine and the life science industry in the UK.

Bain Capital was chosen following a fair and open competitive process which looked at who offered the best deal for patients, and to ensure future employment at the company.

I am delighted that Bain is investing more than £50 million in PRUK and will ensure it has the technology, skills and experience to supply high quality plasma products for patients and for the company to grow.”

PRUK has a UK-based facility – Bio Products Laboratory Limited (BPL) in Elstree, Hertfordshire, as well as a US-based plasma supply company, DCI Biologicals Inc.  PRUK imports blood plasma from DCI Biologicals Inc. and manufactures it into blood plasma products at BPL in Elstree. These are then supplied to the NHS and to other health organisations around the world.  Although government-owned, approximately half of BPL’s sales are currently made overseas and it competes with other global companies.

Devin O’Reilly, Managing Director of Bain Capital in London and leader of the firm’s healthcare team in Europe, said:

We are excited about the prospects of PRUK in the growing plasma products industry and are committed to investing in the company to help it reach its full potential in this global market. We have completed over 50 healthcare investments in companies such as HCA, Warner Chilcott and Quintiles, and we will ensure that all of this experience and expertise is applied to building PRUK into a true global leader.

Robin Marshall, Managing Director of Bain Capital in London and leader of the firm’s UK team, said:

We are delighted to be partnering with the Department of Health on this opportunity. To enable PRUK to fulfil its potential and become a globally competitive, UK headquartered life sciences champion, we intend to embark on a substantial capital investment plan of more than £50 million to increase production capacity, refurbish and maintain the existing facilities, develop new products and expand the company’s international reach.  This deal is reminiscent in many ways to our investment in WorldPay, which we bought from RBS in 2010, where we reignited growth in a potential world leading UK business through the application of our operational expertise and significant capital investment.

The government outlined plans to seek private investment in PRUK in January, to attract commercial investment and ensure it can grow and effectively compete in the internationally competitive bio-science market.  This followed an announcement in July last year when the government disclosed that it was exploring opportunities to make sure PRUK has a strong and viable future.

Bain Capital were successful because their business plan provided the best option for patients and the UK tax-payer. Their long term vision is to transform PRUK into a Life Sciences champion, with more than £50 million of planned capital investment in the UK, supporting jobs and ensuring security of supply of plasma products

Only offers which recognised the key strategic position of PRUK were considered, including a commitment to invest in UK plasma products to allow the business to grow and support jobs by maintaining a UK-based plasma plant.