Walgreens sells majority of Alliance Healthcare pharmacy enterprise to AmerisourceBergen in $6.5 billion deal

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.
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-0.58%
introduced Wednesday that it has bought a majority of its Alliance Healthcare enterprise to pharmaceutical product and companies supplier AmerisourceBergen Corp.
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+1.31%
in a $6.5 billion deal.

The transaction consists of $6.275 billion in money and two million shares of AmerisourceBergen frequent inventory. It’s anticipated to shut by the top of AmerisourceBergen’s fiscal 2021.

Income in fiscal 2020 for the companies bought totaled $19 billion.

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In an announcement, the businesses say the deal will present help for pharmacies and pharmacists by means of AmerisourceBergen, and Walgreens will now be free to extend its give attention to its core retail pharmacy enterprise.

The deal additionally expands AmerisourceBergen’s enterprise in Europe.

The 2 firms have partnered since 2013, and Walgreens is AmerisourceBergen’s largest stockholder with a 30% stake.

The information despatched shares of Walgreens up 2% in premarket buying and selling, whereas AmerisourceBergen shares jumped 6.4%.

Along with the pharmacy transaction, the 2 firms have additionally prolonged their U.S. distribution settlement three years till 2029, with annual run-rate synergies anticipated to achieve $150 million, which will probably be shared equally by each firms. And Alliance Healthcare UK will proceed as Walgreens distribution companion till 2031.

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The deal is anticipated to be add to AmerisourceBergen’s adjusted earnings per share within the first fiscal yr.

Walgreens expects expects the transaction to be “barely dilutive” within the present monetary yr and accretive in the long run.

AmerisourceBergen additionally up to date its fiscal 2021 steerage, forecasting adjusted EPS within the vary of $8.25 to $8.50, up from earlier steerage of $8.20 to $8.45.

The up to date steerage doesn’t embrace contribution from the Alliance Healthcare cope with Walgreens.

The FactSet consensus is for EPS of $8.42.

Walgreens inventory has slumped almost 31% over the previous yr. AmerisourceBergen has gained 14.7% simply shy of the benchmark S&P 500 index’s
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+0.71%
achieve of 14.8% for the interval.

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