NEW YORK (The Deal) -- Cardinal Health (CAH) - Get Cardinal Health, Inc. Report said Friday it is buying Harvard Drug Group for $1.12 billion in cash and debt.

Harvard Drug, which was owned by private equity house Court Square Capital Partners since 2010, is a distributor of generic pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter medications and related products. The Livonia, Mich.-based company had revenues of around $450 million in 2014, according to a statement announcing the deal. Industry bankers had previously noted that Harvard Drug retained an adviser to explore a sale during the spring of 2014.

Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal expects earnings accretion of over 15 cents per share in fiscal 2016, net of the 3 cents to 4 cents per share of interest expense. The acquisition will help to enhance Cardinal's generic pharmaceutical distribution business as well as telesales programs and will broaden the company's portfolio of over the counter products.

Shares of Cardinal recently fell 0.5% to $87.20, up 8% for the year to date.

Cardinal has been on the acquisition trail, acquiring cardiac device business Cordis from Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) - Get Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Report for $1.9 billion in March of this year. Last April, Cardinal acquired privately held medical device maker Access Closure for $320 million in cash. Cardinal has a market capitalization of $28.83 billion.

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"The Harvard Drug Group aligns perfectly with our commitment to provide the most comprehensive line of pharmaceutical products for the broadest range of customers," said Cardinal Chairman and CEO George Barrett, in a statement. "This acquisition enhances our ability to support retail and institutional customers and further utilizes Red Oak, our joint venture with CVS Health to source generics."

Red Oak Sourcing was created last July as a 50/50 joint venture between Cardinal and CVS Health (CVS) - Get CVS Health Corporation Report in order to facilitate generic pharmaceutical sourcing.

Cardinal Health provides logistics services for health care providers, pharmacies and suppliers and manufacturers. The company also acts as a link in the health care supply chain by providing pharmaceutical and medical products to over 100,000 locations. It also has a medical and surgical products unit as well as a network of radiopharmacies for nuclear pharmacy services.

Harvard Drug was sold to Court Square by H.I.G. Capital LLC in April 2010 in a deal valued at over $400 million. At the time, the company's Ebitda had doubled to $50 million, during the time it was held by HIG. Harvard was founded in 1967.

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