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President Donald Trump meets with retail CEOs

President Donald Trump meets with retail CEOs

WASHINGTON — Promoting his economic platform with business leaders, President Donald Trump today met with top retail executives at the White House. Focusing on Trump’s plank of job creation, simplification of the tax code and reduced regulatory red tape, the Wednesday morning meeting was a scheduled event with the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). The

Jury still out on WBA-Rite Aid merger deal

Jury still out on WBA-Rite Aid merger deal

WASHINGTON — The acquisition of Rite Aid Corp. by Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) Inc. remained unconsummated after WBA’s plan to divest 865 stores failed to erase antitrust regulators’ competitive concerns. When the Friday, January 27, deadline for completing the Walgreens-Rite Aid merger deal arrived, the Federal Trade Commission still hadn’t cleared the transaction, despite the

Walgreens Boots Alliance teams with ad giant WPP

Walgreens Boots Alliance teams with ad giant WPP

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) Inc. has teamed up with global advertising and public relations giant WPP plc in a wide-ranging marketing and communications partnership for its businesses and brands. WBA said late Tuesday that WPP will operate and develop multiple marketing and communications channels for its retail and wholesale divisions and its

Stefano Pessina: Rite Aid deal talks ‘ongoing’

Stefano Pessina: Rite Aid deal talks ‘ongoing’

NEW YORK — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) is still negotiating with the Federal Trade Commission to gain antitrust clearance for its $17 billion deal to acquire Rite Aid Corp., WBA executive vice chairman and chief executive officer Stefano Pessina said at the company’s annual shareholders meeting. “The FTC is doing its job. The process is

The leaders are there; who will stand out in chain drug?

The leaders are there; who will stand out in chain drug?

Going into the new year, several key personnel questions await answers, foremost among them the age-old problem of determining who, in 2017, will emerge as the most influential senior staffers at America’s drug chains. The determination is made more difficult by the fact that, as of this writing, Walgreens’ acquisition of Rite Aid remains unresolved.

Walgreens Boots Alliance posts mixed 1Q results

Walgreens Boots Alliance posts mixed 1Q results

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) edged past Wall Street’s adjusted earnings per share forecast in its fiscal 2017 first quarter despite declined sales and net income. WBA also reported Thursday that it’s still working to finalize its $17 billion deal to acquire Rite Aid Corp. and continues to expect to complete the transaction

Fred’s agrees to acquire 865 Rite Aid stores

Fred’s agrees to acquire 865 Rite Aid stores

NEW YORK — Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) and Rite Aid Corp. have agreed to sell 865 Rite Aid stores and related assets to Fred’s Inc. for $950 million in cash. The deal is subject to approval by the Federal Trade Commission as well as approval and completion of the pending WBA acquisition of Rite

A momentous development for three Rx chains

A momentous development for three Rx chains

The agreement struck last month for the sale of 865 Rite Aid Corp. drug stores to Fred’s Inc. is a momentous development for those companies, as well as Walgreens Boots Alliance, which after 14 months is still working to finalize the acquisition of Rite Aid. The $950 million all-cash deal will bring Fred’s stores and

Private equity’s place in WBA-Rite Aid talks

Private equity’s place in WBA-Rite Aid talks

Walgreens Boots Alliance and Rite Aid recently extended the agreement end date for their merger transaction until late January, with the expectation that the deal will get the Federal Trade Commission’s OK in early 2017. As WBA’s store divestiture talks with the FTC roll on, Deutsche Bank Securities analyst George Hill shed some light on

WBA, Rite Aid push back deal deadline

WBA, Rite Aid push back deal deadline

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) and Rite Aid Corp. have extended the time frame for completing their planned $17.2 billion merger. The companies have pushed back the end date for the deal by three months to January 27, and they expect the transaction to close early next year. Both companies had the

KKR to sell remaining stake in WBA

KKR to sell remaining stake in WBA

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Affiliates of private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) plan to sell their remaining interest in Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) through a secondary stock offering. WBA said Wednesday that the KKR affiliates aim to sell 20.46 million shares of WBA common stock in an underwritten secondary offering. And in a

WBA execs confident about Rite Aid deal

WBA execs confident about Rite Aid deal

Not much else about the progress of the Walgreens-Rite Aid merger came out in yesterday’s fourth-quarter earnings conference call by Walgreens Boots Alliance. A swirl of media reports in recent months have gone back and forth about the number of store divestitures and whether the Federal Trade Commission will end up signing off on the

WBA tops earnings forecast for 4Q, full year

WBA tops earnings forecast for 4Q, full year

DEERFIELD, Ill. — As talks roll on to gain regulatory clearance for its acquisition of Rite Aid Corp., Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) posted adjusted earnings for its fiscal 2016 fourth quarter and full year that beat Wall Street’s estimates. WBA said Thursday that GAAP net earnings attributable to Walgreens Boots Alliance totaled $1.03 billion, or

WBA works to clear way to finalizing Rite Aid acquisition

WBA works to clear way to finalizing Rite Aid acquisition

NEW YORK — Speculation continues to percolate about snags holding up Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.’s (WBA’s) acquisition of Rite Aid Corp. Last last month the New York Post reported that private equity firms were uninterested in purchasing 650 stores that WBA must divest to satisfy antitrust requirements. Investors found the stores to be subpar and

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