June 25, 2012

Alliance Boots announces that, through its subsidiary Alliance Healthcare Deutschland Holdings 1 GmbH, it has acquired a further 1,508,462, or approximately 14.1%, of shares in Andreae-Noris Zahn AG (“ANZAG”). Alliance Boots has decided to request a squeeze out of the remaining ANZAG shareholders and will inform ANZAG accordingly.

ANZAG is one of the largest pharmaceutical wholesalers in Germany, Europe’s largest pharmaceutical market, where it operates 25 distribution centres serving approximately 8,000 customers of whom around 1,100 are members of its virtual chain “vivesco”.

ANZAG also has pharmaceutical wholesale businesses in Romania and Lithuania, and an associate in Croatia. For its short financial year ended 31 March 2011, ANZAG announced revenue of €2.5 billion (equivalent to £2.1 billion**).

ANZAG will release a trading update on 27 June 2012 for the 12 months to 31 March 2012.

** Exchange rate of €1.17 = £1.00

For further information, please contact:
Yves Romestan / Laura Vergani / Katie Johnson, Alliance Boots. Tel: +44 (0) 201 980 8585
Katie Lang / Anjali Unnikrishnan / Claire Scicluna, RLM Finsbury. Tel: +44 (0) 207 251 3801

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.

Alliance Boots has a presence in more than 25* countries and employs over 116,000* people. Alliance Boots has pharmacy-led health and beauty retail businesses in 11* countries and operates more than 3,330* health and beauty retail stores, of which just over 3,200* have a pharmacy. Our pharmaceutical wholesale businesses supply medicines, other healthcare products and related services to more than 170,000* pharmacies, doctors, health centres and hospitals from over 370* distribution centres in 21* countries.

* Figures are approximations as at 31 March 2012 and include associates and joint ventures.

Full press release as PDF - 25 June 2012 

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