Was The $47 Billion Acquisition of Genentech In 2009 A Good Deal For Roche?

by Trefis Team
Roche Holdings
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Roche Holding (NASDAQ:RHHBY) acquired Genentech, a pharmaceuticals company with three blockbuster oncology drugs, in 2009 for a sum of $47 billion. Back in 2008, Genentech’s top drugs were Avastin, Rituxan, Herceptin, and Lucentis, which generated sales of over $7 billion. As of 2018, the same drugs generated over $21 billion in revenues for Roche, and it appears that Roche’s acquisition of Genentech was a good deal, especially considering how it benefited Roche’s broader R&D direction. You can look at our interactive dashboard analysis ~ Was Roche’s $47 Billion Acquisition of Genentech In 2009 A Bargain? ~ for more details. In addition, look at our data for healthcare companies here.


Roche Paid Genentech $47 Billion In 2009, Reflecting A 4.4x Revenue Multiple

  • Genentech’s total sales were on the rise, and they grew from $7.6 billion in 2006 to $10.5 billion in 2008.
  • Avastin, Herceptin, Rituxan and Lucentis accounted for close to 70% of the company’s total sales.
  • Roche paid $46.8 billion for Genentech, reflecting a 4.4x revenue (2008) multiple.

The Same Blockbuster Drugs See Stellar Growth Over The Next 10 Years

  • 10 years down the line the same 4 drugs accounted for a whopping $21.1 billion in sales for Roche.
  • This compares with the $46.8 billion price paid by Roche for Genentech’s entire portfolio.
  • Avastin sales were $7.0 billion, Rituxan’s $7.1 billion, Herceptin $5.3 billion, and Lucentis $1.7 billion in 2018.

Comparing Roche’s Trailing Twelve Months Price To Sales To That of Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Merck

  • Roche: 4.3
  • Johnson & Johnson 4.9
  • Pfizer 4.5
  • Merck 5.1

While the Genentech’s acquisition was a good deal for Roche, the same blockbuster drugs now face biosimilar competition, as they either have, or they are nearing, the loss of market exclusivity (Also See ~ How Much Revenue Can Roche’s Avastin Lose To Pfizer’s Biosimilar Zirabev?).


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