Bausch Health Exploring Potential Divestiture Of Eye Care Units: Bloomberg

  • Bausch Health Companies Inc BHC said in August that it would spin off its eye-care unit and operate it as an independent, publicly traded company. As a standalone company, Bausch + Lomb could be valued at $20 billion to $30 billion, according to Bloomberg Intelligence.
  • The business has attracted interest from private equity bidders as well as strategic buyers. 
  • The unit includes eye-health products like contact lenses and surgical devices. Its Bausch + Lomb segment raked $1.24 billion in the fourth quarter.
  • Bloomberg reported that the company hasn’t made a final decision on a sale and could still opt to spin off or keep the business. Bausch Health could also weigh a sale of part of the business instead of a complete divestiture.
  • Bausch Health has been divesting non-core assets and paying down debt to improve its balance sheet and streamline its offerings.
  • Last month, it announced the sale of Egyptian drug unit Amoun Pharmaceutical to Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund ADQ for $740 million.
  • Valeant acquired Bausch & Lomb Holdings Inc in 2013 in an $8.7 billion deal.
  • Price Action: BHC shares are down 0.06% at $32.52 during market trading hours on the last check Thursday.
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