Robinsons Retail buys VisMin's Rose Pharmacy
Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc. (RRHI) has signed a share purchase agreement to acquire 100 percent of Rose Pharmacy, Inc., one of the biggest drugstore chains in Visayas and Mindanao, for R4.5 billion.
In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, RRHI said its subsidiary South Star Drug Inc. has has made the purchase from Mulgrave Corporation B.V (MCBV), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dairy Farm International Holdings, Ltd.
Rose Pharmacy was established in 1952 as a family-run drugstore in Cebu City with the goal of providing quality and affordable medicines to communities.
Dairy Farm acquired a 49 percent share in the Cebu-based business in 2015, and in November 2018, Dairy Farm increased its interest in Rose Pharmacy to 100 percent.
At present, Rose Pharmacy is one of the leading drugstore chains in the Philippines with nearly R9 billion in net sales in 2019 and over 300 stores strategically located in Visayas and Mindanao.
“I am delighted that Rose Pharmacy will be part of our portfolio as it takes us back to our hometown in Cebu, where my father and JG Summit Holdings and RRHI Founder John Gokongwei Jr. started as an entrepreneur. Mr. John also admired Rose Pharmacy for its strong brand reputation in Visayas and Mindanao,” said RRHI President Robina Gokongwei-Pe.
She added that, “The deal also further bolsters our strategic partnership with Dairy Farm to strengthen our position in Philippine multi-format retailing. We rst worked with Dairy Farm for the acquisition of Rustan Supercenters, Inc. in 2018, which deepened our footprint in the premium supermarket space.”
“Our acquisition of Rose Pharmacy yet again offers ripe opportunities for innovation through strategic synergies,” Gokongwei-Pe said.