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Press Release / May 06, 2002

Hovione signs a $35m credit facility

Lisbon – 6th May, 2002 - Hovione announces that it has completed a $35m 7 year credit facility, involving a loan from the European Investment Bank and a syndicated commercial bank loan that together with the company’s generated cash-flow, will finance Hovione’s $56m investment programme expected to be completed in 2003.

The investment programme addresses a growth strategy directed at strengthening Hovione’s leading world position in the supply of active pharmaceutical ingredients to Pharma Multinationals, the emerging Biotechs and the Generic houses.

Investments will be carried out at the three Hovione sites located in USA, Macau and Portugal, and will include:

- A new Technology Transfer Center in New Jersey, USA. This greenfield project includes a kilo-lab and a pilot plant and provides a permanent presence in the market that already provides over 60% of Hovione Group sales;

- The doubling of the manufacturing capacity of the Taipa faciliy in Macau. This plant has been regularly inspected by the US FDA since 1987 and is geared to address the growing outsourcing needs of the NASDAQ quoted Biotechs that operate under the virtual company business model;

- Adding pilot plant, research facilities and general infrastructure facilities in the Loures site (office space, IT facilities, R&D facilities and the renovations of several manufacturing buildings).

The $20 million EIB loan was guaranteed by Banco Espirito Santo, Banco Comercial Português, Banco BPI and Caixa Geral de Depósitos. The Macau tranche which comprised a $15 million syndicated commercial bank loan was granted by Banco Espírito Santo do Oriente, Banco Nacional Ultramarino and Banco Comercial de Macau.

The company forecasts an average annual sales growth of 16% from 2001 to 2008 through organic growth. Over the past 7 years the company’s sales grew at 13% pa, a growth that was financed by the company’s cashflow and the 1995 $14.5m syndicated loan by Banco Espírito Santo.

Hovione is an international group dedicated to the synthesis of APIs (active pharmaceutical ingredients) serving exclusively the pharmaceutical industry. With FDA inspected plants in Europe and the Far East and sales offices in Hong Kong, Switzerland and New Jersey, Hovione is committed to the highest levels of service and quality. Hovione’s capabilities include process chemistry, worldwide regulatory affairs, kilo to multi-ton manufacture of complex multi-step chemistry of APIs under FDA and ICH cGMP quality standards.

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