DEERFIELD, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Walgreen Co. (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., has priced an underwritten public offering of unsecured, unsubordinated notes consisting of:
- £400 million of 2.875% notes due 2020
- £300 million of 3.600% notes due 2025
- €750 million of 2.125% notes due 2026
The sale of the notes is expected to close on Nov. 20, 2014, subject to customary closing conditions. The company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering, together with the net proceeds from the previously announced U.S. dollar notes offering, to fund a portion of the cash consideration payable in connection with the previously announced acquisition of the 55 percent equity interest in Alliance Boots GmbH that Walgreens does not currently own, to refinance substantially all of Alliance Boots GmbH’s existing borrowings, and/or to pay related fees and expenses. Following the completion of the second step of the Alliance Boots transaction, a portion of the net proceeds from the sale of the notes may also be used for general corporate purposes, including the repayment of $750 million principal amount of Walgreen Co. 1.000% Notes due March 13, 2015.
Subject to shareholder approval, it is expected that, immediately prior to the completion of the second step of the Alliance Boots transaction, Walgreen Co. will be reorganized into a holding company structure and will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.
The joint book-running managers for the offering are: Goldman, Sachs & Co, Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch, Merrill Lynch International, HSBC Bank plc, J.P. Morgan Securities plc, Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc, and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.
These securities are being offered pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The offering may be made only by means of a prospectus and related prospectus supplement, copies of which may be obtained on the SEC website at http://www.sec.gov or by contacting Goldman, Sachs & Co. by mail at Prospectus Department, 200 West Street, New York, NY 10282, by telephone at 1-201-793-5170 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch by telephone at 1-800-503-4611; Merrill Lynch International by telephone at 1-800-294-1322 or by email at email@example.com; HSBC Bank plc by telephone at 1-866-811-8049; J.P. Morgan Securities plc by telephone at 44-207-134-2468; Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc by telephone at 1-866-718-1649; and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC by mail at 608 2nd Avenue, South Minneapolis, MN 55402, Attention: WFS Customary Service, by telephone at 1-800-645-3751, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2014 sales of $76 billion, Walgreens’ vision is to be America's most loved pharmacy-led health, wellbeing and beauty enterprise. Each day, in communities across America, more than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens’ scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with online and mobile services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 8,218 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens’ digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.
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