Viatris Inc. launched today following the successful combination of Mylan N.V. and Pfizer’s Upjohn business. By combining these two complementary legacy companies; Viatris has the scientific, manufacturing and distribution expertise with proven regulatory, medical and global commercial capabilities. This is to deliver high-quality medicines to patients in more than 165 countries and territories.
Viatris is a new kind of global healthcare company whose mission is to empower people worldwide. This is to live healthier at every stage of life by expanding access to medicines regardless of geography or circumstance; advancing responsible, sustainable operations and targeted innovation to improve patient health; and leveraging its collective expertise to connect more people to more products and services.
Viatris Executive Chairman Robert J. Coury said: “Today, we celebrate the launch of Viatris; the culmination of more than a decade of strategic, thoughtful work to build a global company. With the breadth and depth to provide efficient access to high-quality medicines to patients and healthcare systems around the world. I am extremely confident about the opportunities ahead for Viatris. Besides, the value we expect our company will create for all stakeholders; from our patients and employees, to customers and shareholders.”
Viatris remains committed to returning capital to shareholders with an expected dividend of at least 25% of free cash flows; based upon GAAP operating cash flow less capital expenditures; beginning after the first full quarter of Viatris’ operations, with the expectation to grow the dividend thereafter. The company also stands behind its commitment to deleverage towards a target leverage ratio of 2.5x over time. It is committed to maintaining an investment grade rating.
With a workforce of approximately 45,000 colleagues, Viatris is headquartered in the U.S. and has global centers in Pittsburgh, Shanghai and Hyderabad, India. Its global portfolio comprises more than 1,400 approved molecules across a wide range of therapeutic areas, spanning both non-communicable and infectious diseases, including globally recognized iconic brands, generic, complex generic and branded medicines, a growing portfolio of biosimilars, and a variety of over-the-counter consumer products.
“We commence our journey armed with an experienced and diverse management team, a strong financial profile and an enviable global infrastructure. Together, we are building a performance-driven, highly engaging and inclusive culture with colleagues united by a shared purpose in Viatris’ mission to help empower people worldwide to live healthier at every stage of life.“Viatris CEO Michael Goettler said.
Viatris provides trusted, high-quality medicines that treat nine out of 10 of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) leading causes of death. It is a leading provider of antiretrovirals to treat HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases. Roughly 40% of the more than 23 million people receiving treatment for HIV use our products, including 60% of the world’s HIV-positive children receiving treatment.
Addressing unmet needs
Viatris President Rajiv Malik also said: “Our unique position to increase access to healthcare and address unmet needs is grounded in our best-in-class scientific, regulatory, manufacturing and supply chain capabilities along with our commercial reach across markets and channels. At the heart of our operations is an enduring and steadfast commitment to quality in everything we do; a hallmark characteristic of our legacy companies. We believe our combined commercial capabilities and diverse portfolio across geographies will enable us to strengthen our ability to reach more customers and patients. We expect to leverage these enhanced strengths to build strategic partnerships that are critical in helping reduce barriers to access and good health and have the potential to leave a lasting, positive impact on patients, families as well as communities worldwide.”
Viatris Chief Financial Officer Sanjeev Narula also said: “Through financial discipline; we expect to add to the strength, capability and flexibility of our new enterprise and open doors to new opportunities to help people live longer, healthier lives. We look forward to our Investor Day in the late February/early March timeframe; where we will also outline how Viatris can deliver on its stated commitments and our roadmap to maximize value creation, including our expectation to generate strong and accelerating free cash flows.”
Viatris is embarking on a significant global restructuring program in order to achieve synergies of $1bn and ensure the new company is optimally structured and efficiently resourced to deliver sustainable value to patients, shareholders, customers and other stakeholders. The company is currently in the process of defining the specific parameters of the program; including workforce actions and other restructuring activities. Further details for this program are to disclose by the end of this year as plans gets finalization. Key activities of the expanded program are to reduce the company’s cost base; through the rationalization of its global manufacturing and supply network. Besides, the optimization of the company’s functional and commercial capabilities.
The combination of Mylan and Upjohn was announced on July 29, 2019 and received the final regulatory clearance on Oct. 30, 2020. Viatris will begin regular way trading on Nasdaq. This is also under the ticker symbol VTRS, at the beginning of the trading day on Nov. 17, 2020, the first full trading day after closing.