Conclusion of Basic Agreement for Comprehensive Business Ties among Liaoning Chengda, ITOCHU, and Alfresa Holdings

March 10, 2011

Liaoning Chengda Co., Ltd. (hereinafter “Liaoning Chengda”), ITOCHU (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo; Masahiro Okafuji, President & CEO; hereinafter “ITOCHU”), and Alfresa Holdings Corporation (hereinafter “Alfresa”) concluded a basic agreement for comprehensive business ties (hereinafter “the Agreement”). Under the Agreement, the three companies will set up a promotion committee and will consider specific ideas, such as forming a capital alliance and exchanging personnel.

1. Focus of the Agreement

  1. Retail area
    ITOCHU and Alfresa will support and give advice to CDFY Pharmacy Chain Investment Co., Ltd. (hereinafter “CDFY”), a pharmacy chain and drug distribution subsidiary of Liaoning Chengda, for the advancement of its pharmacy operation and logistics. The two companies also aim to support strengthening CDFY by enhancing the supply of products, especially Japanese products through REMEJE PHARMACEUTICALS (CHINA) CO., LTD (hereinafter “REMEJE”), a joint venture of ITOCHU and Alfresa. CDFY is operating one of the largest pharmacy chain in China, with 780 pharmacy stores, and is aiming to expand their stores to become a No.1 pharmacy chain in China in the near future.
  2. Distribution and wholesale
    Basing on the pharmacy chain and drug wholesale and logistics business of CDFY, the three companies will consider creating and developing new business, by establishing intermediate drug distribution as a social infrastructure.
  3. Other
    Paying attention to the new healthcare reform (*1) that the Chinese government is carrying out; the three companies will jointly study and discuss about the possibility of creating new business opportunities, primarily in the medicine and healthcare area.

2. Background of the Agreement

The three companies agreed on establishing comprehensive business ties to contribute to improving healthcare in China with the strengths and experience of each company. Liaoning Chengda is a conglomerate including CDFY, the largest pharmacy chain in the northeastern part of China, as a subsidiary. CDFY became the first pharmacy chain to be certified as “Chimei-Sho-hyo” (National Brand)(*2) by the Chinese government in October last year. It has received high acclaim as a reliable and renowned corporate brand in China, operating pharmacy chain business and drug wholesale and logistics business. ITOCHU considers the Consumer-Related Sector as one of the major source of revenues with a focus on Asia, especially China. Through comprehensive business ties, ITOCHU will introduce Japanese products with high added value with security and safety, especially in drugs and healthcare products. Alfresa has established efficient and high value-added drug distribution with traceability in Japan. The company will aim to develop drug distribution business in China by using its experience and expertise.

  1. Public health awareness is changing with high economic growth and improving living standards in China, and in a few years, the Chinese drug market is expected to surpass the Japanese market to become the second largest in the world, after the U.S. market. Under these circumstances, the Chinese government is implementing the “new healthcare reforms from 2009 to 2011”, aiming to introduce a universal health insurance system, enhance the separation of dispensary from medical practice, and to urgently develop social infrastructure for an accurate, secure, and safe drug distribution system.
  2. “Chimei-Sho-hyo” (National Brand)
    Certification given by the State Administration for Industry & Commerce of the People’s Republic of China that a brand is nationally known, beneficial to society, and reliable.

3. Outline of relevant companies

Liaoning Chengda Co., Ltd.

Company name Liaoning Chengda Co., Ltd.
Main businesses Distribution of drugs, production and sale of vaccines, energy development, financial services, and international trade
Established March 18, 1991
Location 71 Renmin Road, Dalian, Liaoning, China
Representative Shang Shuzhi
Capital 900 million yuan
Number of employees 12,000
Major shareholders and their holding Liaoning Chengda Group Co., Ltd. 12.45% and others

CDFY Pharmacy Chain Investment Co., Ltd.

Company name CDFY Pharmacy Chain Investment Co., Ltd.
Main businesses

Operation of a pharmacy chain and wholesaling and distribution of drugs

Established October 2000
Location 205 Zhongshan Road, Shenyang, Liaoning, China
Representative Wang Yuhui, chairperson
Capital 230 million yuan
Number of employees 8,000
Major shareholders and their holding  Liaoning Chengda Co., Ltd. 100%

Alfresa Holdings Corporation

Company name Alfresa Holdings Corporation
Main businesses Management of subsidiaries that deal with wholesaling, manufacturing, marketing and export/import of pharmaceuticals, diagnostic reagents, and medical devices/equipment, etc.

November 29, 2003

Location 1-1-3 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Representative Denroku Ishiguro, representative director & president
Capital 18,454 million yen
Number of employees 11,061 (consolidated)
Major shareholders and their holding Japan Trustee Services Bank (trust account) 4.28%, CB New York Orbis SICAV 4.24%, The Master Trust Bank of Japan (trust account) 3.51%, Alfresa Holdings Employees Shareholders’ Association 3.32%, Kunio Fukujin 3.20%, Daiichi Sankyo 3.03%, Eisai 2.02%


Main businesses

Import and sale of ethical drugs, over-the-counter drugs, medical equipment, diagnostic products, supplement food, food, and general merchandise in China


May 2005


Huizhou, Guangdong (The head office is in Shenzhen,


Number of employees 8,000
Major shareholders and their holding ITOCHU Corporation 70%, Alfresa Holdings Corporation 30%