Reportedly, AmerisourceBergen Corp. (ABC) will purchase Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.’s (WBA) pharmaceutical wholesale businesses for about $6.5 billion in cash and stock, extending its reach in Europe. The deal includes $6.275 billion in cash and 2 million in shares. Walgreens and AmerisourceBergen also extended existing distribution agreements in the U.S. and the U.K. by several years, deepening their already close ties. Walgreens is AmerisourceBergen’s biggest shareholder with a 30% stake.
The deal is thought to enable AmerisourceBergen to strengthen its global reach, while Walgreens will focus on its main pharmacy business. The acquisition excludes Walgreens operations in China, Italy, and Germany and is expected to close by the end of AmerisourceBergen’s fiscal year.
AmerisourceBergen was advised by JPMorgan Chase & Co. on the deal, and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, Hogan Lovells International LLP, and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP were its legal advisers. Centerview Partners served as Walgreens’ financial adviser, while Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Baker McKenzie LLP as its legal adviser.
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