Following reports in the media in Mexico and Chile of discussions between Alliance Boots and Grupo Casa Saba, S.A.B. de C.V. ("Casa Saba") and its shareholders, Alliance Boots confirms that it has, with immediate effect, stopped all discussions with Casa Saba and its shareholders in connection with an investment in Casa Saba or a purchase of certain of Casa Saba’s assets. Alliance Boots decision not to invest has been based on its inability to determine the current financial situation of Casa Saba.
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/Yim Wong,
RLM Finsbury: +44 (0)207 251 3801