We are one of the largest companies in the retail pharmaceutical sector in Brazil. Through our network of 1,096 points-of-sale, consisting of owned stores and franchises, we operate nationally while preserving the uniqueness, experience, and regional characteristics of each operation.
As of December 31, 2012, our owned-store operations encompassed a network of 708 drugstores. We operate our owned stores under the brands Big Ben, Guararapes, Drogaria Rosário Distrital, Sant’Ana, and Mais Econômica, each with an average of 35 years of operation. The chains preserve local characteristics, in accordance with the consumer profile in each region, and hold leadership positions in the regions where they operate.
Our franchisees operate exclusively under the Farmais name. As of December 31, 2012, the Farmais franchise network consisted of 388 stores, concentrated primarily in the southeastern region, where the State of São Paulo is the largest representative, with 210 stores.