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February 11, 2014
05:37 EDTNSRGY, SNY, LRLCYNestle, L'Oréal boards unanimously approve sale of 48.5M shares
Nestlé (NSRGY) and L'Oréal (LRLCY) announced that their respective boards, in meetings held on February 10, have approved by unanimous decision of their voting members a strategic transaction for both companies under which L'Oréal will buy 48.5M of its own shares from Nestlé. This buyback will be financed: Partially through the disposal by L'Oréal to Nestlé of its 50% stake in Swiss dermatology pharmaceuticals company Galderma, a 50/50 joint venture between L'Oréal and Nestlé, for an enterprise value of EUR 3.1B, EUR 2.6B of equity value, paid by Nestlé in 21.2M L'Oréal shares. For the remainder, corresponding to 27.3M L'Oréal shares held by Nestlé, in cash for an amount of EUR 3.4B. All the shares bought back by L'Oréal will be cancelled. Following the transaction, Nestlé's stake in L'Oréal will be reduced from 29.4% to 23.29% of the share capital and the Bettencourt Meyers family's stake in L'Oréal will increase from 30.6% to 33.31%. In order to reflect the change of Nestlé's stake in L'Oréal's governance, the number of Nestlé representatives on L'Oréal's board will be adjusted from 3 to 2 Directors, and the ownership ceiling provisions of the shareholders' agreement between Nestlé and the Bettencourt Meyers family will apply to their respective new holdings. The transaction will be accretive by more than 5% on L'Oréal's recurring earnings per share on a full year basis. The buyback will be exclusively financed with L'Oréal's available cash and through the issuance of commercial paper. It will not require the disposal of Sanofi (SNY) shares held by L'Oréal. The transaction is expected to close before the end of the first semester of 2014.
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February 12, 2016
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February 11, 2016
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February 9, 2016
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February 8, 2016
06:28 EDTSNYPharma trade group rolls out ad campaign aimed at lawmakers, WSJ says
The pharmaceutical industry is launching a new ad campaign with the intention of improving its reputation with lawmakers in an effort to lobby against drug price restrictions, the Wall Street Journal reports. The industry's biggest trade group the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA, says it plans to spend several million dollars this year, and 10% more than it spent last year, on digital, radio, and print advertisements that highlight the sector's role in developing new drugs and advancing medical science, the report says. Publicly traded companies in the space include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY). Reference Link
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February 2, 2016
11:09 EDTSNYSanofi plans to cut 600 jobs in France over three years, Bloomberg reports
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