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CVS Health to buy Omnicare for $12.7 billion

Staff writer |
CVS Health Corporation and Omnicare have entered into a definitive agreement for CVS Health to acquire Omnicare, the leading provider of pharmacy services to long term care facilities, for $98 per share in cash.

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This is a total enterprise value of approximately $12.7 billion, which includes approximately $2.3 billion in debt. In total, Omnicare has approximately 13,000 employees at 160 locations in 47 states across the U.S.

With the acquisition of Omnicare, CVS Health will significantly expand its ability to dispense prescriptions in assisted living and long term care facilities, serving the senior patient population. CVS Health will also expand its presence in the rapidly growing specialty pharmacy business.

Omnicare's complementary specialty pharmacy platform and clinical expertise will augment CVS Health's capabilities and enable CVS Health to continue to provide innovative and cost-effective solutions to patients and payors.

The boards of directors of both companies have approved the transaction, which is subject to approval by the holders of Omnicare's common stock, as well as other customary closing conditions, including applicable regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to close near the end of 2015.

CVS Health expects to achieve significant purchasing and revenue synergies as well as operating efficiencies from this combination. The company expects the transaction to be approximately 20 cents accretive to Adjusted EPS in 2016, its first full year, excluding integration and any one-time transaction costs.

It is expected to become increasingly accretive to Adjusted EPS in subsequent years. The company has secured $13 billion in fully committed unsecured bridge financing from Barclays and expects to put in place permanent financing in the form of senior notes and/or term loans prior to the closing of the transaction.

CVS Health expects that it will continue to have a solid balance sheet and, with its strong free cash flow, is committed to returning to its targeted leverage ratio of 2.7 times adjusted debt-to-EBITDA.

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