Ban Loong, Jacobson & JBM Form Joint Venture to Tap Specialty Drugs and Branded Healthcare Markets in Greater China and Asia

Ban Loong Holdings Limited (“Ban Loong”, together with its subsidiaries, “Ban Loong Group”; stock code: 0030.HK), of which Yunnan Baiyao Group Co., Ltd. (stock code: 000538.SHE) is the controlling shareholder, Jacobson Pharma Corporation Limited (“Jacobson”, together with its subsidiaries (excluding JBM Group), “Jacobson Group”; stock code: 2633.HK) and JBM (Healthcare) Limited (“JBM”, together with its subsidiaries, “JBM Group”; stock code: 2161.HK) jointly announced today on forming Ban Loong Jacobson JBM Pharma Limited (the “Joint Venture”) to capture the growth opportunities of the specialty pharmaceuticals and branded healthcare markets in Greater China and the Asia-Pacific region.

Back row: From left to right:
Mr. Tang Ming, Chief Executive Officer of Ban Loong and Mr. Yim Chun Leung, Executive Director of Jacobson & Non-executive Director of JBM
witness the signing ceremony; Front row: From left to right: Mr. Liu Zhouyang, Executive Director & Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Ban Loong and Mr. Yu Chun Kau, Chief Financial Officer of Jacobson sign the Joint Venture Agreement

The Joint Venture, which is owned 60% by Ban Loong, 20% by Jacobson and 20% by JBM respectively, will principally engage in the in-licensing of specialty pharmaceuticals (including orphan drugs), over-the-counter medicines, branded healthcare products (including herb-based products) and medical devices, and the sales and distribution of the products to Greater China and selected markets in Asia, alongside tapping merger and acquisition opportunities with a strategic fit.

Leveraging the partner companies’ respective market knowhow, capabilities and network, the Joint Venture is aimed at establishing a strong foothold and realizing tangible business opportunities available in the high-growth specialty pharmaceuticals, branded healthcare products and medical device markets in the aforementioned regions.

Mr. Tang Ming, Chief Executive Officer of Ban Loong, said, “In light of the promising growth of the pharmaceutical, healthcare and medical device markets in Greater China and the Asia-Pacific region, coupled with the increased awareness of personal healthcare in the post-pandemic era, there is a substantial market potential for the Joint Venture to capture. Indeed, a strong growth forecast is also expected in the next few years, with an average annual growth rate of over 9% in the pharmaceutical and healthcare markets in China. We are excited with the strategic partnership with Jacobson and JBM in expanding our healthcare trading portfolio and riding on our synergetic strengths to seize and realize the opportunities in the markets.”

Mr. Raymond Yim, Executive Director of Jacobson, said, “We are very honored to partner with Ban Loong and aspire to strengthen our foothold through the Joint Venture in Greater China and markets in Asia. In line with our market expansion strategy, the Joint Venture will facilitate and enhance our access to the specialty drugs, branded healthcare products and medical devices markets in the regions, as well as generate cross-selling synergies for respective partner’s products marketed and distributed through the Joint Venture platform. “

About Ban Loong Holdings Limited (Stock Code: 0030)
Ban Loong Holdings Limited is an internationalized healthcare products trading company with its business presence covering Greater China and key Asian markets including Japan, South Korea and ASEAN countries, as an authorized general agent for branded products from the United States, Switzerland and other European Union firms, Ban Loong possesses a wide range of well-selected healthcare products in its portfolio. For more details about Ban Loong, please visit the Group’s website: http://0030.com.hk

About Jacobson Pharma Corporation Limited (Stock Code: 2633)
Jacobson Pharma is a leading pharmaceutical company in Hong Kong vertically integrated and engaged in the research, development, production, sale and distribution of essential medicines and specialty drugs. As a major provider of generic drugs in Hong Kong, the Group has one of the most extensive sales and distribution coverage for both the private and public sectors in Hong Kong, with an expanding reach into strategically selected Asian markets. Carrying a broad product portfolio and taking a pre-eminent market position in a number of therapeutic categories, the Group operates a host of 10 PIC/S GMP licensed production facilities for generic drugs in Hong Kong.

The Group aims at the continued strategic enrichment of its generic drug portfolios through the addition of high-value-added products. With its corporate headquarters based in Hong Kong, the Group has also established its operating subsidiaries in China, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore and Cambodia, forming a regional commercial platform to tap the market potential in the Asia Pacific and Greater China region. Jacobson Pharma has been a constituent stock of MSCI Hong Kong Micro Cap Index since 1 June 2017. For more details about Jacobson Pharma, please visit the Group’s website: http://www.jacobsonpharma.com

About JBM (Healthcare) Limited (Stock Code: 2161)
JBM Healthcare is a Hong Kong-based company that markets and distributes branded healthcare products across Greater China, Southeast Asia and certain other countries. The Group is a unique field player with marketing expertise and a drug heritage that prioritizes product efficacy and quality to meet consumers’ healthcare needs. As a renowned healthcare brand operator in Hong Kong, the Group carries a wide-ranging portfolio of branded healthcare products comprising branded medicines, proprietary Chinese medicines and health and wellness products, which include well-recognized household brands such as Po Chai Pills, Ho Chai Kung Tji Thung San, Contractubex, BITE-X, Mederma Kids, Tong Tai Chung Woodlok Oil, Flying Eagle Woodlok Oil, Saplingtan and Shiling Oil. JBM Healthcare has been a constituent stock of the MSCI Hong Kong Micro Cap Index since 27 May 2021. For more details about JBM Healthcare, please visit: www.jbmhealthcare.com.hk






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Jacobson Pharma Announces FY2022 Interim Results

Jacobson Pharma Corporation Limited (“Jacobson Pharma” or the “Company”; Stock Code: 2633), a leading company engaging in the research, development, production, marketing and sale of essential medicines, specialty drugs and branded healthcare products, today announced the interim results of the Company and its subsidiaries (collectively the “Group”) for the six months ended 30 September 2021 (the “Reporting Period”).

Backed by the gradual recovery of both Public and Private Sectors for its generic drugs business alongside the stabilisation of COVID-19 pandemic in Hong Kong, the Group delivered total revenue of approximately HK$750.4 million, which represented a 7.9% growth during the Reporting Period. The profit from operations reached HK$116.9 million while profit for the period was recorded at HK$82.9 million, both with a considerable growth of about 28.5% and 46.2% respectively, as compared to the adjusted profit from operations* and adjusted profit for the period* ended 30 September 2020.

The Group maintains a healthy financial position as supported by its strong cash flows, with adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (adjusted EBITDA) of HK$203.9 million for the Reporting Period such that the net gearing ratio decreased significantly from 38.4% as of 31 March 2021 to 27.7% as at the end of the Reporting Period. In addition, the Group has a strong cash position, with cash balance of HK$537.1 million as at the end of the Reporting Period. The Board has resolved to declare an increased interim dividend by 50% to HK1.2 cents per share for the six months ended 30 September 2021 (FY2021 Interim: HK0.8 cent).

Resilience Performance of Generic Drugs Business
The generic drugs business of the Group recorded revenue of HK$562.2 million (FY2021 Interim: HK$503.8 million) in the Reporting Period, which represented a steady growth of 11.6%. This was driven by the stable and solid growth of 9.3% in its Public Sector, along with a notable recovery of its Private Sector delivering growth at 13.8%.

Although there was a slow down in medication demand of common cold and flu drugs during the pandemic due to social distancing measures and face mask wearing practice, medications for the aging population and chronic disease patients continue to exhibit a strong demand. For instance, among the Group’s cardiovascular offerings, the angiotensin II antagonist class and lipid-lowering product class recorded a notable growth of 34.4% and 27.7% in sales respectively during the Reporting Period, generated by new businesses secured for Losartan Tablets and Rosuvastatin Tablets as well as the continuous increase in consumption of anti-hypertensive drugs such as Perindopril Tablets in the Public Sector.

Furthermore, the Group’s therapeutic sectors of psoriasis preparations and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drugs (ADHD) also exhibited robust growth of 328.1% and 88.8% respectively, due to new public tenders awarded in the Public Sector. During the Reporting Period, the Group also secured first-time public tenders, which included Atosiban Injection, Idarubicin Injection, Quetiapine Extended Release Tablet 200mg, as well as Haloperidol Tablets 5mg and 10mg. The Group’s antiulcer drugs and anti-hypertensive class products also delivered strong growths of 24.2% and 88.0% respectively in the Private Sector.

As a continuous drive for portfolio enhancement, the Group launched a number of new products during the Reporting Period, including Antisob Injection, Indarubicin Injection, Acitretin Capsule, Atomoxetine Capsule, Finasteride Tablet, Homatropine Eye Drops, Ofloxacin Eye Drops and Ear Drops. Additionally, the Group has secured the registration approvals for a group of new products such as Febuxostat Tablet, Brimonidine and Timolol Eye Drops, Olmesartan Tablet and Telmisartan and Hydrochlorothiazide Tablet for upcoming market launches.

In addition to its research and development (“R&D”) pipeline, the Group also signed exclusive in-license agreements for 4 specialised drugs of the central nervous system (CNS) and immunomodulatory classes from Europe.

Stable Performance of Branded Healthcare Business
The Group’s subsidiary in consumer branded healthcare, JBM (Healthcare) Limited (Stock Code: 2161), recorded revenue of HK$188.2 million during the Reporting Period, a soft decline of 1.8%. The decline was mainly attributable to the sluggish consumer demand in both domestic and certain overseas markets caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Distribution of Fosun BioNTech Comirnaty Vaccine in Hong Kong and Macau
The Group is the exclusive distributor of Fosun BioNTech Comirnaty Vaccine (the “Vaccine”) in Hong Kong and Macau. The vaccination programme started in Hong Kong on 10 March 2021, and up to the end of the Reporting Period, the Group had delivered a total of 6.9 million doses of the Vaccine to the Department of Health and community vaccination centers in Hong Kong as well as the Macau government. Jacobson Pharma will continue to collaborate with Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical (Group) Co., Ltd. on supplying the third vaccination doses for the public if the booster shot is deemed necessary by the health authorities.

Mr. Derek Sum, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jacobson Pharma, concluded, “The unprecedented impact of COVID-19 has rippled across Hong Kong’s economy and taken its toll since the beginning of 2020. Amid the tough market environment, we were committed to maintaining stable business development. This was achieved in part by virtue of the Group’s diversified product portfolio, with generic drugs in particular showing continuous and resilient growth driven by the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases and the aging population in Hong Kong. Our persistent efforts in maximising the commercial opportunities of our portfolio of offerings, strengthening our product pipelines through in-licensing and in-house R&D have helped us endure market challenges, as well as laying a solid foundation for healthy business development in coming days.

We are confident that the challenges of the pandemic are largely behind us and that the growth momentum will continue into the second half of FY2022, thus taking the Group’s business to the next level. We will continue to leverage our strengths in R&D capabilities as well as sales and distribution network, to seize market opportunities and drive the stable business development of Jacobson Pharma.”

About Jacobson Pharma Corporation Limited (Stock Code: 2633)
Jacobson Pharma is a leading pharmaceutical company in Hong Kong vertically integrated with the research, development, production, sale and distribution of essential medicines and specialty drugs. As a major provider of generic drugs in Hong Kong, the Group has one of the most extensive sales and distribution coverage for both the private and public market sectors in Hong Kong, with an expanding reach into strategically selected Asian markets. Carrying a broad product portfolio and taking a pre-eminent market position in a number of therapeutic categories, the Group operates a host of 10 PIC/S GMP licensed production facilities for generic drugs in Hong Kong.

The Group aims at the continued strategic enrichment of its generic drug portfolios through the addition of high value-added products. With its corporate headquarters based in Hong Kong, the Group has also established its operating subsidiaries in China, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore and Cambodia forming a regional commercial platform to tap the market potential in the Asia Pacific and Greater China region. Jacobson Pharma has been a constituent stock of MSCI Hong Kong Micro Cap Index since 1 June 2017. For more details about Jacobson Pharma, please visit the Group’s website: http://www.jacobsonpharma.com






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