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Dechra completes acquisition of Brazilian animal health company Venco

Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC completed its acquisition of Laboratórios Vencofarma do Brasil Ltda., a Brazilian animal health company, for 185 million reais.

Laboratórios Vencofarma Do Brasil, or Venco, sells vaccines and products for food-producing animals, mainly in Brazil. The company, which also sells companion animal products, is based in Londrina City in Brazil's Paraná state.

Dechra used existing cash and borrowing facilities to finance the deal.

The acquisition provides U.K.-based Dechra with a strategic presence within the Brazilian and South American markets. Dechra said it plans to invest significantly over the next two to three years to develop its business in South America.

Dechra develops and sells animal medicines and related products globally. In January, the company raised £105 million to fund similar deals in the Netherlands.

As of Dec. 17, US$1 was equivalent to 3.89 Brazilian reais.