Teva Solidifies Japanese Operations with Complete Buyout of Partner's Interest in Teva's Japanese Joint Venture

-- Broader Platform Reinforces Teva's Position in the Fast Growing
Japanese Generics Market --

JERUSALEM--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ: TEVA) announced today that it will acquire the 50% interest formerly held by Kowa Company Ltd. in Teva's Japanese joint venture for a total purchase price of $150 million. With this acquisition, Teva will own 100% of the former joint venture, which will immediately begin to do business as an important and wholly-owned member of the Teva Group.

Teva and Kowa announced the establishment of Teva-Kowa Pharma Co., Ltd. in September 2008, and have since grown the joint venture into one of the top 5 generic players in Japan, in cooperation with Kowa. The joint venture generated sales of approximately $200 million in 2010.

"We are happy to have reached this agreement to bring all our Japanese operations under Teva's full control and ownership. Full ownership of all our activities including Taiyo will allow us to better grow our business in Japan," said Shlomo Yanai, President and CEO of Teva. "With this stronger platform, Teva will be in a better position to further drive penetration of high quality generic pharmaceuticals in Japan and make better healthcare accessible to the Japanese people."

In July 2011, Teva completed the acquisition of Taiyo Pharmaceutical Industry Co. Ltd. for $934 million. Taiyo is the third largest generics manufacturer in Japan with sales of approximately $530 million in 2010. Taiyo brings to Teva a portfolio of over 550 products and a strong presence in all major channels of the Japanese pharmaceutical market. Teva also gained access to Taiyo's strong R&D team, local regulatory expertise and a state of the art production facility.

With this latest transaction, Teva's operations in Japan are expected to generate annual sales in excess of $800 million.

About Teva

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ: TEVA) is a leading global pharmaceutical company, committed to increasing access to high-quality healthcare by developing, producing and marketing affordable generic drugs as well as innovative and specialty pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. Headquartered in Israel, Teva is the world's largest generic drug maker, with a global product portfolio of more than 1,300 molecules and a direct presence in about 60 countries. Teva's branded businesses focus on neurological, respiratory and women's health therapeutic areas as well as biologics. Teva currently employs approximately 42,000 people around the world and reached $16.1 billion in net sales in 2010.

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