Walgreen Completes $438M Purchase of 144-Store Chain

by Christopher Freeburn | September 18, 2012 10:43 am

Walgreen (NYSE:WAG[1]) announced on Monday that it has completed[2] the $438 million purchase of drug stores from privately-owned Stephen L. LaFrance Holdings Inc.

The acquisition was announced back in July. 144 drug stores operating under the names USA Drug, Med-X, May’s Drug, Drug Warehouse and Super D Drug are affected by the deal, as well as a wholesales drug business, NewsOK noted.

The stores involved are located in Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee and generated $825 million in sales in 2011.

Shares of Walgreen slipped fractionally in Tuesday morning trading.

Walgreen also obtained corporate office space and a distribution center in Arkansas.

The deal extends Walgreen’s reach into smaller communities across the mid-south.

In June, Walgreen purchased a 45% stake in Switzerland’s Alliance Boots drug chain for $6.7 billion[3], its first overseas acquisition.

Endnotes:
  1. WAG: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=WAG
  2. that it has completed: http://newsok.com/walgreen-finishes-438m-deal-for-drugstore-chain/article/feed/435903
  3. Switzerland’s Alliance Boots drug chain for $6.7 billion: http://investorplace.com/2012/06/walgreens-to-pay-6-7b-for-stake-in-alliance-boots/

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