KKR Sells Remaining Stake in Alliance Boots
KKR today announced the sale of its remaining stake in Alliance Boots to
Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., the new holding company of Walgreen & Co.,
following the exercise by Walgreens of the call option to acquire the
remaining 55% of Alliance Boots as the second step of the overall transaction.
In August 2012, Walgreens acquired 45% of Alliance Boots in the first step of
the overall transaction.
Dominic Murphy, Member, Head of KKR operations in the United Kingdom
commented: “The investment in Alliance Boots adds to our track record of
partnering with European entrepreneurs to build global companies and industry
leaders. Since Alliance Boots was taken private in 2007, a strong investment
program has led to a transformation of the company, both at the retail and
distribution side, and to a strong international expansion across Europe, the
Middle East and Asia. In 2012, we created, together with Walgreens, the
world's largest pharmacy-led health and wellbeing enterprise. Since then,
Alliance Boots and Walgreens have made strong progress in executing on all
synergies and plans, allowing the announcement today of the full
Stefano Pessina, who will become acting CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance,
commented: “I have often said that KKR couldn't have been a better partner for
me and Alliance Boots. They shared and supported my long-term vision of
creating a global industry leader, with an ownership culture which encourages
profitable growth, innovation and entrepreneurship. KKR has backed me every
step of the way towards creating a global enterprise.”
Walgreens Boots Alliance spans more than 25 countries, with over 12,800
stores, over 370,000 employees and more than 340 pharmaceutical distribution
centers serving more than 180,000 pharmacies and other points of care. The
merger also brings together a unique brand portfolio of outstanding retail,
wholesale, service and product brands, alongside the world's largest
pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution network.
Dominic Murphy will serve as a director on the board of directors of Walgreens
Boots Alliance. KKR will hold 4.6% of the equity of Walgreens Boots Alliance.
© 2016 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.