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Walgreens to Purchase 45% of Alliance Boots

Posted: June 19, 2012

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“We are looking forward to working with Alliance Boots to leverage our combined strengths and provide an even broader range of innovative, cost-effective products and services to patients and customers across the health care landscape. Together we will be ideally positioned to expand our customer offerings in our existing markets and become the health and well-being partner of choice in emerging markets.”

Alliance Boots’ Pessina commented, “This strategic transaction represents a further vital step in achieving our vision of becoming a global health care leader. We believe that it will bring clear benefits to all stakeholders, creating significant and sustainable industrial value through synergies and the deployment of our joint expertise. The fit is natural—Walgreens consumer profile in the U.S. is similar to Boots in the U.K. in many ways: a trusted and much-loved pharmacy brand with a strong heritage. Our pharmaceutical wholesale businesses will provide their logistics know-how to Walgreens and are well placed to be one of the growth engines of the new enterprise.

“Today’s announcement is testimony to the great track record and accomplishments of the Alliance Healthcare and Boots teams that have delivered strong growth since the creation of Alliance Boots six years ago and its subsequent privatization. I strongly believe that this transaction offers further significant growth opportunities and marks a very positive milestone for the health care industry as a whole.”

With the exercise of the option by Walgreens to proceed to a full combination, the new combined company would be a world leader in its field, with the combined scale, expertise and financial strength to grow rapidly in existing markets and fast-growing emerging markets across the globe, within existing business lines and in new segments. These growth opportunities are expected to be key drivers of long-term shareholder value.

The pharmacy-led retail and wholesale businesses of both companies will continue to operate under their well-known and trusted brand names. Upon completion of the second step of the transaction, the name of the new combined entity will reflect the strong heritage of both companies.