Deerfield, Illinois based Walgreen, the largest drug store chain in the U.S., and Alliance Boots, a leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group, announced the completion today of Walgreens initial investment in the strategic partnership to create the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. This follows receipt of all required regulatory approvals.
The Walgreens investment consists of approximately $4.0 billion in cash and 83.4 million shares of Walgreens common stock in exchange for a 45% equity stake in Alliance Boots. Walgreens has the option to proceed to a full combination in approximately three years’ time by acquiring the remaining 55% of Alliance Boots*. As a result of the transaction, Alliance Santé Participations S.A. (of which Stefano Pessina, Executive Chairman, Alliance Boots, is a director and whose ultimate ownership is a family trust) becomes the largest shareholder of Walgreens, with a stake it intends to hold for the long term.
Stefano Pessina and Dominic Murphy, Member of the general partner of KKR & Co. L.P., have today joined the Walgreens Board of Directors. At the same time, Gregory Wasson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Walgreens, Wade Miquelon, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Thomas Sabatino, Executive Vice-President and General Counsel, and Robert Zimmerman, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, have become members of the Alliance Boots Board of Directors.