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February 11, 2014
05:37 EDTSNY, LRLCY, NSRGYNestle, 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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December 18, 2014
10:07 EDTLRLCYFrance's antitrust authority fines Colgate, Unilever, P&G, WSJ reports
France's Autorité de la Concurrence has fined consumer product companies including Unilever (UN, UL), Procter & Gamble (PG), Reckitt Benckister (RGBLY) and Colgate (CL) a total of EUR345.2M for anticompetitive practices between 2003-2006, The Wall Street Journal reports. L'Oreal (LRLCY), Gillette and Beiersdorf were fined EUR605.9M in total. Reference Link
07:22 EDTLRLCYL'Oreal denies anticompetitive activity
L'Oréal has been informed of the French Competition Authority's decision to rule against manufacturers of household and hygiene products concerning events which took place in the early 2000s. L'Oréal refutes accusations of anti competitive activity with its competitors, and regrets that the French Competition Authority did not take into account the highly competitive French market in hygiene products as illustrated by the number of manufacturers and retailers present on the market, the large choice of products available to consumers, and the degree of innovation and number of launches. L'Oréal is extremely surprised by this decision and the amount of the fine which are totally out of proportion. L'Oréal will appeal this decision.
December 9, 2014
11:19 EDTSNYSanofi reportedly ready to make acquisitions in animal medicine, Bloomberg says
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