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ALS expands with Brazilian pharmaceutical business

Global testing, inspection and certification business, ALS Limited, announced the acquisition of Brazilian pharmaceutical testing business, Investiga. Founded in 1993, Investiga has operations in Brazil and the east coast of the USA and is privately owned with 360 employees and generated AUD ~$20m of revenue in FY20. It specialises in the cosmetic and personal care market, providing services to a portfolio of major global clients.


Investiga will be integrated into the existing ALS Life Sciences network with a particular focus on growing in the USA, which represents over a quarter of the global market.


ALS will acquire 100% of the equity in Investiga at a multiple of 11x adjusted FY20 EBITDA, on a deferred basis, paid from existing debt facilities with no requirement for shareholder approval.


Key management will remain within the business, reporting to the General Manager of Life Sciences in Latin America.


Managing Director and CEO, Raj Naran commented “Growing the Life Sciences division is a key part of the ALS strategy and Investiga significantly increases our presence in the Pharmaceutical market. “We have a strong track record of integrating acquisitions into our existing Life Sciences network and Investiga provides us with the platform to grow our cosmetic and personal care offering, particularly in the USA.”


Trading update


ALS also provided a trading update to the market on Monday, noting the group continued to trade resiliently in Q3 and early Q4 despite the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Life Sciences volumes have been stable with laboratories providing their essential services to clients in major markets.


The Commodities division is starting to benefit from the improving cycle. Geochemistry sample flows increased by 13% in Q3 FY21 (compared to pcp) with this momentum continuing into early Q4.


In the Industrial division, Tribology has seen some improvement in Q3 FY21 whilst the trading environment for Asset Care remains challenging.