DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) announced this week that it has sold shares of Cencora, Inc. common stock pursuant to Rule 144 for proceeds of approximately $942 million and, subject to the completion of the Rule 144 sale, a concurrent share repurchase by Cencora in the amount of approximately $50 million.
Walgreens Boots Alliance’s ownership of Cencora’s common stock has decreased from approximately 15 percent to approximately 13 percent.
Proceeds to Walgreens Boots Alliance will be used primarily for debt paydown and general corporate purposes, as the company continues to build out a more capital-efficient health services strategy rooted in its retail pharmacy footprint.
The sale has no impact to the long-term partnership between the two companies. Walgreens Boots Alliance remains fully committed to the strategic, mutually beneficial relationship with Cencora, which has been a strong and trusted partner since 2013. Chief Operating Officer, International of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Ornella Barra, will continue to serve on Cencora’s Board of Directors.