Some of the company's pharmacies in stores X5 closes, said a representative of the retailer. In January 2020, X5 offered other pharmacies to rent 74 outlets that used to be occupied by Mega Pharmacy, a top manager of one of the pharmacy chains said. Pyaterochka, according to the representative of X5, is considering subleasing a package of several points to one pharmacy operator at once.
On January 27, 2020, there was no information on working pharmacies on the A-Mega and Yes Health! Sites, Vedomosti was convinced. Only two pharmacies are listed on the ABC Life website. I couldn’t reach the Mega Pharma call center and its pharmacies - their phones didn’t work.
Some pharmacies are indeed closing, a spokesman for Mega Pharma confirmed. For the rest, he said, negotiations are underway for sale with regional and federal pharmacy chains. He did not disclose other details.
Why did Mega Farm run into difficulties? The management of Marathon did not have the competence to create an effective pharmacy network with a significant market share, said Mikhail Burmistrov, general director of Infoline Analytics, to Kommersant. In the first half of 2019, according to DSM, Mega Pharma had 585 pharmacies, while the group's revenue decreased by 50% year-on-year to 2.8 billion rubles.
The business model chosen by Mega Pharm worked, its representative does not agree. But, he said, external factors appeared that limited opportunities for network growth. What are these factors, he did not say.
If the companies of the pharmacy chain have not been consolidated into one legal entity, the chances of getting debt from creditors are rather low, says Alexander Panov, the head of healthcare practice at Pepeliaev & Partners Law Firm. Pharmacies, as a rule, do not have assets, he said: they have only commodity balances and rights to rent premises, the sale of which may not cover debts. Theoretically, controlling entities of the Marathon Group can be brought to subsidiary liability, but in this case, given the amount of debt, this is unlikely, Panov said. He explains that this is possible if the bankruptcy proceedings of Mega Pharma legal entities begin and the court proves that it was the owners of the Marathon Group that controlled the companies.