The EQT VIII Fund (“EQT”) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire a minority stake in SHL Medical (“SHL” or “the Company”). SHL was founded in Asia in 1989 with the goal of combining world-class manufacturing in Taiwan with the strengths of international management practices. The Company launched its first autoinjector in 1996 and today, SHL is a world-leading provider of drug delivery solutions.
Headquartered in Switzerland, SHL serves as a partner to global pharmaceutical companies and biotech firms. The Company has a global presence with offices and operations in Europe, Asia and the US, employing approximately 5,000 people worldwide. SHL’s management has been executing a strategic agenda focused around growth, innovation, digitization as well as operational and manufacturing excellence. EQT intends to support SHL in its next development phase, building on the current direction taken by the Company’s management.
SHL’s products enable effective and precise delivery of highly complex biologics and biosimilar drugs to patients worldwide. They empower patients through safe self-administration of medication in the comfort of their homes. Therefore, the investment is in line with EQT’s thematic approach and mindset of making a positive impact in society with everything it does, guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Ulrich Faessler, CEO of SHL, commented: “We are excited to have EQT as our new shareholder and look forward to working together in the next development phase of SHL. EQT’s entrepreneurial heritage and investment approach are a great cultural fit for SHL. Together, we will continue to build and grow the company in order to provide the best solutions for our customers.”
Andreas Aschenbrenner, Partner at EQT Partners and Investment Advisor to EQT VIII, added: “We are impressed by SHL’s entrepreneurial spirit and the management team’s achievements in growing the firm into an industry leader with deep innovation and manufacturing capabilities. EQT looks forward to working together with SHL’s management team in this attractive growth investment opportunity.”
The proposed transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals.
With this transaction, EQT VIII is expected to be 70-75 percent invested.
Andreas Aschenbrenner, Partner at EQT Partners and Investment Advisor to EQT VIII, +49 89 25 54 99 0
EQT Press office, +46 8 506 55 334
EQT is a differentiated global investment organization with more than EUR 62 billion in raised capital and around EUR 41 billion in assets under management across 19 active funds. EQT funds have portfolio companies in Europe, Asia and the US with total sales of more than EUR 21 billion and approximately 127,000 employees. EQT works with portfolio companies to achieve sustainable growth, operational excellence and market leadership.
About SHL Medical
SHL Medical designs, develops and manufactures advanced drug delivery devices, such as autoinjectors, pen injectors and advanced inhaler systems, and provides final assembly, labeling, and packaging services for pharma and biotech companies worldwide. Headquartered in Switzerland with locations in Taiwan, Sweden and the US, our experienced engineers and designers develop product enhancements as well as breakthrough drug delivery and patient care solutions for pharma and biotech clients globally. Significant investment in R&D has enhanced our broad pipeline of next-generation drug delivery systems that support ongoing innovations in drug development and digital healthcare. This includes advanced reusable and disposable injectors that can accommodate high volume and high viscosities and can be enhanced through digital implementations.