Global drug giant Walgreens Boots Alliance has given up its intention to buy US rival Rite Aid.
Instead, Walgreens agreed to buy 2,186 Rite Aid stores and certain distribution centers for $ 5.2 billion.
Walgreens’ planned acquisition of Rite Aid was first announced in October 2015.
However, competition regulators raised objections as there was a connection between the first and third chain of American pharmacies.
“We believe this new transaction takes into account the competitive concerns that were previously raised regarding the previous transaction,” Stefano Pessina, CEO of Walgreens, said in a statement.
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This new transaction expands our growth strategy and offers additional operating and financial benefits.
Under the new plan, Walgreens will buy about half of Rite Aid’s approximately 4,540 stores. Most of the companies involved in the business are located in the Northeast, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Southeast, Rite Aid said.
Walgreens is also paying Rite Aid a termination fee of $ 325 million to terminate the previous contract. The company also announced that it has signed an agreement to sell 865 Rite Aid stores to Fred’s pharmacy chain.
The Walgreens Boots Alliance was founded in 2014 when Alliance Boots merged with Walgreens. The company is represented in more than 25 countries and employs more than 400,000 people.
In the three months leading up to May, the company had earnings of around $ 1.2 billion.
It has more than 8,000 stores in the United States. The company predicts that the acquisition of Rite Aid will save more than $ 400 million if the network becomes more efficient.
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Rite Aid’s new plan is more attractive than the original $ 9.4 billion in light of regulatory obligations, Stefano told analysts. He said he continues to investigate other potential business partners and how to best use customer data to reorganize agencies.
WalgreensListens Survey’s share increased by about 2.5% on Thursday. But Rite Aid shares fell more than 23% in morning trading. Fred’s shares fell by 16%.
Rite Aid reported a loss of approximately $ 75 million in interest payments on Thursday from March to June.
The company said the sale would reduce debt and give the pharmacy the opportunity to buy cheaper drugs through a partnership with Walgreens.
The United States Federal Trade Commission, which had reviewed the previous agreement, said officials would consider the new proposal.
Neil Saunders, an analyst at GlobalData Retail, wrote in a note that the drug purchase agreement means Rite Aid will be part of the Walgreens chain. This part of the deal is critical to Rite Aid’s ability to survive on a smaller scale, he wrote.
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