In response to a media story which appeared in El Economista in Mexico on 12 May 2014 and also reported in MergerMarket in the UK on 13 May 2014, Alliance Boots denies having had any contact with Pharma Equity Global Fund and World Global Equity Fund, and further denies that it is conducting negotiations with any party regarding a potential acquisition of the pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution business of Grupo Casa Saba S.A.B. de C.V. ("Casa Saba").
Alliance Boots also denies comments in the same media sources that it is considering other retail and distribution businesses in Mexico as potential acquisition targets.
Notes to editors:
Alliance Boots is a leading international, pharmacy-led health and beauty group delivering a range of products and services to customers. Working in close partnership with manufacturers and pharmacists, we are committed to improving health in the local communities we serve and helping our customers and patients to look and feel their best. Our focus is on growing our two core businesses: pharmacy-led health and beauty retailing and pharmaceutical wholesaling and distribution, while increasingly developing and internationalising our product brands.
Alliance Boots has a presence in more than 25* countries and employs over 108,000* people. Alliance Boots has pharmacy-led health and beauty retail businesses in nine* countries and operates more than 3,100* health and beauty retail stores, of which just over 3,000* have a pharmacy. In addition, Alliance Boots has around 605* optical practices, of which around 190* operate on a franchise basis, and around 390* hearingcare practices. Our pharmaceutical wholesale businesses deliver over 4.6 billion* units each year to more than 170,000* pharmacies, doctors, health centres and hospitals from over 370* distribution centres in 20* countries.
In June 2012, Alliance Boots announced that it had entered into a strategic partnership with Walgreen Co., the largest drugstore chain in the US, to create the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.
* Figures are approximations as at 31 March 2013 and include associates and joint ventures.
For further information, please contact:
Yves Romestan/Laura Vergani/Katie Johnson/Julie Longton, Alliance Boots: +44 (0)207 980 8585
James Murgatroyd/Katie Lang/Claire Scicluna, RLM Finsbury: +44 (0)207 251 3801