$WBA (Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.)

$WBA {{ '2016-04-05T11:54:26+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

In 2Q16, total sales in $WBA's largest segment, Retail Pharmacy USA, increased 2.1% to $21.5Bil over 2Q15. The Retail Pharmacy International division had total sales of $3.7Bil. The Pharmaceutical Wholesale division, which mainly operates under the Alliance Healthcare brand, had total sales of $5.6Bil in 2Q16.

$ASH {{ '2017-07-19T20:47:55+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$ASH elected Susan Main and Kathleen Wilson-Thompson as new members of its BoD. This  brings the size of the board to 11 directors. Main has served as SVP and CFO of $TDY, and Kathleen is EVP and global chief human resources officer at $WBA.

$WBA {{ '2017-07-12T20:41:44+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$WBA BoD declared a quarterly dividend of $0.40 per share, up 6.7%. The dividend is payable Sept. 12, 2017 to stockholders of record Aug. 18, 2017, and raised the annual rate from $1.50 per share to $1.60 per share.

$WBA {{ '2017-06-29T16:12:04+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$WBA and $LH announced a collaboration through which $LH will develop and operate patient service centers within select $WBA stores. The centers, which will be co-branded "LabCorp at Walgreens," will offer LabCorp patient services in a secure, comfortable environment for specimen collection, located near the pharmacy area inside the store.

$WBA {{ '2017-06-29T14:01:47+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$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 {{ '2017-06-29T14:01:00+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$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 {{ '2017-06-29T14:00:00+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$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.

$WBA {{ '2017-06-29T13:35:36+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$WBA said that on the $RAD agreement, while the company is assuming a real-estate obligation, it is not assuming any debt. Additionally, $WBA is expecting the deal to give significant cash tax benefit, as it tax amortizes the intangible assets it acquires from $RAD.

$WBA {{ '2017-06-29T13:12:40+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

In Retail Pharmacy USA, $WBA begun implementing a program in some of its stores to simplify its offering and improve its retail operational performance. In the coming months. $WBA expects this program to reach about 1,500 stores. The company is also on track to introduce its enhanced beauty offering to over 1,000 additional stores by end of 2017.

$WBA {{ '2017-06-29T12:53:05+0000' | timeago}} • Infographic

$WBA Walgreens Boots Alliance Earnings AlphaGraphic: Q3 2017 Highlights

$RAD {{ '2017-06-29T12:09:28+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$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 {{ '2017-06-29T11:48:26+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$WBA raised the lower end of its guidance for FY17 by $0.08 per share and now expects adjusted diluted net EPS of $4.98 to $5.08, which assumes current exchange rates for the rest of the fiscal year.

$WBA {{ '2017-06-29T11:43:34+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

On a segment basis, $WBA reported a decline in sales in two of its three businesses in 3Q17. The decline in sales was mainly driven by currency translation. Retail Pharmacy USA sales jumped 6.3% YoY to $22.5Bil, while Retail Pharmacy International and Pharmaceutical Wholesale segment sales dipped 10.3% and 7.9% respectively to $2.8Bil and $5.3Bil.

$WBA {{ '2017-06-29T11:32:22+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$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 {{ '2017-06-06T12:57:05+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$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.

$O {{ '2017-04-26T19:41:25+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$O said the $WBA and $RAD merger will be a non-event for the company and will not have an impact on the credit. $WBA to sell up to 1,200 assets via the acquisition. In terms of the exposure to the asset closure, the company has only 15 Rite Aids assets within the two-mile radius of $WBA.

$WBA {{ '2017-04-20T17:34:49+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$WBA's BoD declared a regular quarterly dividend of 37.5 cents per share, an increase of 4.2% over the year-ago period. The dividend is payable on June 12, 2017 to stockholders of record on May 18, 2017.

$WBA {{ '2017-04-19T21:51:46+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$WBA has elected Jose E. Almeida, chairman of the board and CEO of Baxter International Inc, to the company's board of directors, effective immediately. Almeida who joins the board as an independent director, is the 11th member of the board.

$WBA {{ '2017-04-05T14:17:22+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

On the remodels and beauty initiatives, $WBA said it is seeing the beauty brands growing which was expected. Over time, the company will develop the offer in the marketing around the new beauty offering. However, it is too early to tell the effect it is going to have on the rest of $WBA's business, but is confident of having a positive impact.

$WBA {{ '2017-04-05T14:12:14+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$WBA stated that in terms of operating margin by segment in 2H17, international businesses will be challenging in the UK, having NHS cut the reimbursements. On wholesale, one can see a mix effect quarter by quarter, though it is tough to model precisely.

$WBA {{ '2017-04-05T13:01:54+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$WBA’s US Pharmacy total sales rose 3.7% in 2Q17, primarily driven by increased retail script volume. On a comparable basis for stores, which excludes central specialty, pharmacy sales rose by 4.2% with scripts filled increasing 7.9%, the highest quarterly growth rate in more than seven years.

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