* Walgreens and Alliance Boots form strategic partnershi
p to create the first
global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise
* Transaction expected to be substantially accretive to Walgreens net earnings
per diluted share in year one
* Says will invest approximately $6.7 billion in cash and stock
* Expects combined synergies across both companies to be between $100 million
and $150 million in the first year
* Will have option to proceed to a full combination by acquiring remaining 55%
of Alliance Boots in three years' time
* Says there are no plans for job reductions at either company as a result of
* Says expects combined synergies across both companies to be between $100
million and $150 million in the first year
* Expects combined synergies across both companies to be$1 billion by the end
* Says plans to finance cash payment deliverable at initial closing through
existing cash and new borrowings
* Deal is seen to be accretive to net EPS in first year following completion by
$0.23 to $0.27, excluding one-time costs
* Walgreens-completion of initial investment, subject to various regulatory
approvals, is expected to take place by September 1
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