Yesterday, we have published a report that Reliance Retail is in final talk to acquire Netmeds and by the end of the day, the news has been received by exchanges that Reliance Retail has bought Net-meds.
Reliance Retail Ventures Limited (RRVL)- holding company of Reliance Retail, has acquired a majority equity stake in Vitalic Health Pvt. Ltd. (“Vitalic”) and its subsidiaries (Collectively known as ‘Netmeds’) for a cash consideration of approximately INR 620 crores. This investment represents ~60% holding in the equity share capital of Vitalic and 100% direct equity ownership of its subsidiaries, viz: Tresara Health Private Limited, Netmeds Market Place Limited and Dadha Pharma Distribution Pvt Limited.
About Vitalic Health Pvt. Ltd
Incorporated in 2015, Vitalic and its subsidiaries are in the business of pharma distribution,sales, and business support services. Its subsidiary also runs an online pharmacy platform – Netmeds – to connect customers to pharmacists and enable door step delivery of medicines, nutritional health and wellness products.
Netmeds offers a pan-India solution for the quick online purchase and fast delivery of prescription medications to over 20,000 pin codes. Netmeds has served over 5.7 million customers in more than 670 cities and towns. Through Net-meds Consumers get access to more than 70,000 prescription drugs for chronic and recurring ailments as well as enhanced lifestyle drugs and thousands of non-prescription goods for wellness, health, and personal care.
Netmeds is promoted by Dadha Pharma, a Chennai-based company. The Dadha family’s pharmaceutical experience dates back to 1914, when they ventured first into the pharma retailing business and then into drug manufacturing in 1972.
Reliance Retail Management view
The addition of Netmeds enhances Reliance Retail’s ability to provide good quality and affordable health care products and services, and also broadens its digital commerce proposition to include most daily essential needs of consumers. Netmeds’ journey to build a nationwide digital franchise in such a short time is really a commendable job.
Credit Suisse on RIL acquisition
A) Netmeds acquisition gives RIL entry into online pharmacy
B) Total medicine market is $18 – 19 bn (online is 3 – 3.5% market)
C) Margins are low in online pharmacy
D) RIL could expand online pharmacy market in India
E) Possible that RIL may go for aggregator model