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$WBA, the second largest pharmacy store chain in the US posted a 22% fall in profit to $802MM or $0.76 per share, hurt by a $300MM fee paid to $RAD post their failed merger attempt. Conversely, revenue rose 5.2% to $30.1Bil, driven by expansion of $WBA's mail service through its specialty pharma & mail services company AllianceRx Walgreens Prime.
In 2Q18, $RAD opened 1 store, relocated 1 store, remodeled 54 stores and expanded 1 store, bringing the total number of wellness stores chainwide to 2,532. The company, whose merger deal with $WBA was terminated, closed 17 stores, resulting in a total store count of 4,507 at the end of the second quarter.
Under the amended and restated asset purchase agreement with $RAD, $WBA does not expect the transaction to have a significant impact to its adjusted EPS in FY17. $WBA also expects to realize annual synergies from the transaction of more than $300MM, which are expected to be fully realized within four years of the initial closing of the transaction.
Drugstore chain $WBA, in its fourth attempt, clinched regulatory approval to buy 1,932 stores, 3 distribution centers and related inventory from $RAD for $4.375Bil. The new deal has 250 fewer stores than the earlier deal & is lower than the previous proposal of $5.18Bil. Store purchases would begin in Oct., with completion expected in spring 2018.
$WBA agreed to buy 2,186 stores, three distribution centers and related inventory from $RAD. $WBA expects the new transaction to be modestly accretive to its adjusted EPS in the first full year after the initial closing of the new transaction, and expects to realize synergies from the new transaction in excess of $400MM.
$WBA agreed to buy 2,186 stores, three distribution centers and related inventory from $RAD. This new agreement replaces the previous merger agreement with Rite Aid, announced in October 2015 and amended in January 2017. The initial closing of the new transaction is expected to occur within the next six months.
$WBA agreed to buy 2,186 stores, three distribution centers and related inventory from $RAD. The consideration for the transaction will be $5.175Bil in cash, the assumption by $WBA of the related real estate leases and the grant of an option to $RAD to become a member of $WBA's group purchasing organization, Walgreens Boots Alliance Development.
In 1Q18, $RAD opened one store, relocated four, remodeled 67 and expanded one store, bringing the total number of wellness stores chainwide to 2,482. The company closed 14 stores, resulting in a total store count of 4,523 at the end of the first quarter.
Drugstore chain $RAD posted revenue of $7.8Bil in 1Q18, a decrease of 4.9%, as same store sales slid 3.9% YoY. Net loss widened to $75.3MM or $0.07 per share, compared to last year’s $4.6MM or $0.00 per share, hurt by lower pharmacy gross profit. Adjusted EBITDA was $192.6MM compared to $286MM in the year-over period.
$RAD and $WBA announced that the latter will not buy the former as initially announced. Instead of the previously announced deal that was severely scrutinized by the Federal Trade Commission, $WBA will instead buy 2,186 Rite Aid Stores and Related Assets for $5.17Bil. Rite Aid will receive $325MM from $WBA as termination fee.
$WBA, which reached an agreement with $RAD worth $5.17Bil today, reported a modest 5% increase in earnings for 3Q17 upon strategic partnerships that brought more patients to its pharmacies. Both sales and earnings inched up, with sales scaling up 2.1% to $30.1Bil, while earnings rose to $1,162MM. Adjusted earnings spiked 12.7% to $1.33 per share.
$FRED is collaboratively working with $WBA, $RAD and Federal Trade Commission to obtain the FTC's approval of the divestiture of certain Rite Aid assets to Fred's Pharmacy in connection with Walgreen's pending acquisition of Rite Aid. The company is committed to purchasing additional assets, including up to 1,200 Rite Aid stores.
$FRED, which agreed to acquire 865 $RAD stores and certain assets in an $950MM deal in Dec. 2016, closed underperforming stores and write off discontinued merchandise in 1Q17. The company said that it is on track with 2017 plan and expects to be profitable on an operational basis by the end of FY17.
$WBA and $RAD entered into amendment and extension to merger agreement. $WBA will be required to divest up to 1,200 $RAD stores and certain additional related assets if required to obtain regulatory approval. $WBA and $RAD agreed to extend the end date from Jan. 27, 2017 to July 31, 2017 in order to allow parties additional time to obtain approval.
$WBA and $RAD entered into an amendment and extension of their definitive merger agreement whereby $WBA will buy all outstanding shares of $RAD. The parties have agreed to reduce the price for each share of $RAD to be paid by $WBA. The revised price will be a maximum of $7.00 and minimum of $6.50 per share.